The birthstone for October is traditionally the Opal. The unique mult-colored properties of the Opal make it one of the most versatile gemstones. Opals symbolize hope innocence and purity.
October child is born for woe
and life’s viscitudes must know
but lay an opal on her breast
and hope will lull the woes to rest
The opal has excited civilizations for thousands of years, and many felt it gave them supernatural powers. The Greeks believed opals gave them the ability to see into the future and protected them from sickness and disease. In Arabic culture opals were believed to be caused by lightning that struck the earth. Opal is October Birthstone
There are three main color classifications, white opal, black opal, and fire opal. Opal are often used as doubled or triplets in Jewelry. In a doublet two thin slivers of opal are bonded together. In a triplet the doublet is covered with a protective coating.
Opals are mined in Brazil, Mexico and Australia. On the Mohs Hardness Scale the opal has a rating 5 to 6.5.