Birthstone in October---Opal


Opal is the birthstone for the month of October.   It is known for its beautiful play of colors caused by the diffraction of white light through microscopic silica spheres within the gemstone.

Opals are found in many different colors, ranging from white and gray to red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and even black.   The play of color within opals is caused by the way light refracts and diffracts within the stone.   Opals with red, orange, and yellow colors are typically more valuable than those with blue and green shades.

In addition to its beauty, opals also have a strong spiritual significance in many cultures.   They have been used for centuries as a symbol of hope, purity, and truth.   Opals are thought to inspire creativity and help people connect with their inner selves. Opals are believed to have healing and protective properties, including promoting creativity, intuition, and emotional balance.  

Opals are a relatively soft gemstone (5.5 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale) and require special care to prevent damage.   They should be stored away from heat and sunlight and should not be exposed to harsh chemicals or abrasives.   They should be cleaned gently using warm water and a soft brush to remove any debris.

Overall, opals make a stunning and unique choice for a birthstone and are a testament to the beauty and diversity of the natural world.

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