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October Birthstone: Opal

The name opal comes from the Greek Opallos, which  means “to see a change of color.”  Opals range in color from milky white to black with vibrant specs of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue.  The opal is composed of particles closely packed in circular arrangements which gives the opal its radiance.  Each color shines and sparkles together to create a beautiful combination that is almost kaleidoscopic. In ancient times, opals were said to be the most mysterious stones because they were filled with the virtues of all the precious gemstones encapsulated within it.

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Opal is also one of the birthstones for the month of October and is a symbol of purity, innocence and hope. Those who are born in October are said to be imaginative, peaceful and even tempered individuals and the opal perfectly captures this quality. It embodies an essence of serenity and a delicate beauty which makes it one of the most unique birthstones.

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The value of an opal is based on how colorful they are.  The are several types of opal each with their own beautiful qualities.

• Boulder Opal
• Black Opal
• White/Milk Opal
• Crystal Opal
• Precious Opal
• Fire Opal

 

Underwood’s has a wide selection of beautiful opal jewelry that makes a great gift for friends and family with October birthdays. Of course, opals make a great gift for anyone no matter what month they were born in.

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