While many months only offer one birthstone, those born in October have two, and each of these has a full spectrum of colors to appeal to just about anyone. If you are looking for a special birthday gift in October, either an opal or tourmaline will do quite nicely. However, opals are the most commonly used as gifts for October birthdays.
The word opal originates from the Greek, opallios, which translates as “to see a change in color.” This gem is quite the kaleidoscope, in fact. Comprised of microscopic silica spheres that diffract light, the entire rainbow can be appreciated in this unique gemstone. Most opals come from Australia, since they were first discovered there in the mid-1800s, but they have also been found in other places of the world, including the United States. It became possible to synthesize opals in the 1970s.
The interesting thing about the opal is that it is considered good luck for those born in October but is superstitiously believed to be bad luck for anyone else. Its beauty enables most everyone to overlook this foolishness, however. The majority of people, including ancient civilizations, felt it was a lucky stone because it had the benefits of all the colors of the rainbow.
What is important to know about the opal is that it is one of the more delicate gems, so it should be protected from direct light, dry conditions, and extreme temperatures. This is mainly due to its higher water content. Although the opal takes more care than other gemstones, its beauty makes it worth the effort.
Here at Mosteller American Gemstones, you will find a wide variety of opal gems and jewelry. Take a look at our gemstone gallery to see what we have currently in stock, and we are confident you will find the perfect gift for someone’s October birthday gift or even for yourself.