October's Birthstone - Opal
With Australia and Ethiopia providing most of the world's opals, this curious gemstone is undergoing a revival.
Strictly not a mineral, but rather a mineraloid, opal is a gemstone that is one everyone's wish list and as demand soars, there's more interest in opals for jewellery than ever before.
Because of some of the superstitions which surround opal, some people prefer not to wear it, opting for Rose-coloured stones instead.
Wearing an Opal will intensify the action of other gemstones, and aid with purification and healing.
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The birthstone for October, Opal is a gemstone of purification and intensification of emotions.
An amorphous hydrated silica, SiO2·nH2O, opal has a hardness of 5.5-6 on the Mohs scale.
Associated Opal Zodiac
There are two Zodiac signs which traverse October: Libra which covers September - October and Scorpio from October - November.
Time period: 23 September – 22 October
Ruling planet: Venus
Birthstones: Opal/Peridot/Lapis Lazuli/ Onyx/Sapphire
Time period: 23 October – 21 November
Ruling planet: Pluto, Mars
The History of Opal
Mined predominantly in Australia, other deposits in Ethiopia and USA are becoming more important as demand, spurred on by China and India, soars.
The Value of Opal
The most valuable stones are from Australia, and include a black opal valued at more than $15000 Australian Dollars per carat.
The Power of Opal
Opals are predominantly a gemstone that intensifies emotions and feelings, helping us to discover why we hang on to negative energies and subsequently help let them go.
Wear an opal to dispel fears and negativity and to learn about letting go of bad emotions.