Move over, September – October is here.
A popular, gorgeous form of silica, opal is a precious stone found in all kinds of rocks. How much do you know about opals, and is there more you’d like to know? We’ve put together some fun facts about opals – so take a read and learn something new. And be sure to tell us if you have an interesting bit of gemstone trivia that we might have missed.
Interesting Facts about Opals
- Opallios is the Greek word for Opals meaning “to see a change of color.” The Roman word for opal is opalus meaning “precious stone.”
- Many believe opal is formed when water from rain seeps down into crevasses in the rock. Once the water evaporates, the silica that is left behind dries out and hardens into precious opal.
- Boulder opal is the only to opal that can display the entire rainbow within one stone.
- The more diverse in color and vibrant an opal is, the higher the price tag will be.
- In addition to being October’s birthstone, Opal has commonly been associated with the zodiac signs Scorpio and Libra.
- It is a long-held belief by many people that wearing opal when it is not your birthstone can bring about bad luck!
Did you learn some new about beautiful opals? Are you an October birthday with a soft spot for your birthstone, or do you prefer a different stone? What is your favorite jewelry piece for opal, or do you just love the stunning stone as is? If you’re not a fan of opal, why not? Let us know in the comments – we’d love to get feedback from our readers and bidders alike. Until the next time, good luck, and happy bidding.
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