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October Birthstone Infographic Opal Jewelry

October Infographic


History:
Has origins in the Latin word "opalus," meaning stone of several elements, and in the Greek word "opalus," which translates as color change. The opal's iridescent luster has fascinated since ancient times. Swirling shades of the rainbow can all appear in one stone, like a kaleidoscope display. Queen Victoria made opal jewelry popular in her day and gave opals as wedding presents as a symbol of hope, happiness and truth.

Facts & Figures:
It was believed that opals fell from heaven in flashes of lightning. Ancient Greeks thought opals had the power to aid prophecy and foresight. In the middle ages, blond-haired women wore opals to prevent their hair from losing its color. The birthstone for zodiac signs Libra and Scorpio.

Healing Properties:
October's birthstone encourages freedom and independence. Opal strengthens memory and self-esteem. It helps treating infections and fevers. Purifies blood and kidneys, and aids to regulating insulin. Eases childbirth and alleviates PMS.

Color:
Opals are praised for their ever-changing color display. A white opal with swirls of soft pastel shades is popular for jewelry, but opals also come in black and blue.

Characteristics:
Made up of a small percentage of water, usually between three and ten percent. One of the softer gemstones (5.5-6 out of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale).

Jewelry
Lighter colored opals add a soft elegant glow to white and yellow gold jewelry designs, while darker opal shades add drama to necklaces. Jewelry buyers search for opal gemstones that glimmer with a mystical beauty. Wear them to add an element of mystery and intrigue to your ensemble.

Care & Handling:
Extreme weather conditions should be avoided. Wear it often to expose it to moisture and humidity. Protect it from sharp blows and scratches. Store your jewelry alone in box when not in use. Clean with room temperature water and a soft cloth.