The month of October brings a whole host of new and exciting things, from the changing season to yummy flavoured coffee and not to mention a new birthstone to indulge in.
This month we are lusting after the captivating Opal – Australia’s national gem and a gem highly adored for its stunning colour formations. Often referred to as ‘precious’ this gemstone makes light diffract, thus taking on many colours.
Precious Opal’s have extraordinary colours ranging from clear through white, grey, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, rose, pink, slate, olive, brown, and black, however, black opals are the rarest and most sought after.
Early Romans believed that Opal was combination of the beauty of all precious stones and even ranked them second to Emeralds. It was also considered to have possess magical powers and given as gifts as a token of good luck, purity and hope.
But, for many years, Opal has been thought to be a stone of bad luck (if you believe in superstitious folklore) In the East people thought Opal enhanced psychic abilities. Europe was once supplied with Opal and superstitious beliefs about the stone rose as it was thought to be a talisman for thieves and robbers, while many believe it resembled the evil eye.
Despite bad connotations with Opal, early races credited the stone to amplifying and mirroring feelings, burying emotions and desires, while being able to lessen inhibitions and promote spontaneity. Shakespeare even attributed with the description of opal as “that miracle and queen of gems”.
Originally found in the Middle East this beautiful gem is usually set in jewellery cut and polished into cabochons, for people to enjoy, much like the jewellery seen on TJC now.
So, if you dare, take a look at our vast range and be captivated forever with a magically kaleidoscopic gem first hand.
What colour Opal will you treat yourself to in October?