October Birthstone: Color and Meaning

by Martie Majoros
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The October birthstone, the opal, symbolizes faithfulness and confidence.

The word comes from the Latin opalus, meaning “precious jewel,” and from the Greek word opallios, meaning “to see a change in color.” 

October Birthstone Color

Opals are a type of quartz that forms tiny spheres.  When light hits the spheres, the colors of the spectrum become visible. In different lights, an opal’s rainbow fragments may shift and change, revealing luminous bright and dark colors for a fascinating display. 

Birthstone Facts & Folklore

Australian aboriginal tribes believed that opals were the Creator’s footprints on Earth.

Necklaces with opals set in them were worn to repel evil and to protect eyesight. 

Opals help to control temper and calm nerves.  A dream of an opal means that good luck will come.



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