OPAL & TOURMALINE
Together with tourmaline as alternate birthstone, the fascinating gemstone opal is the officially registered birthstone for the calendar month of October.
The name opal derives from the Sanskrit word 'upala' translated as 'valuable stone', and later from the Greek term 'opallios' meaning 'color change' . The famous Roman author of the 1st Century AD Pliny defined opal as 'a gemstone which combines the best possible characteristics of the most beautiful gemstones, the rich purple of amethyst, the deep blue of sapphire, the gentle fire of ruby, the fine sparkle of almandine, the sea green of emerald and the golden yellow of topaz, all of which shine and sparkle in an inexplicable combination'…..
Throughout history, this fascinating gem has symbolized good fortune and a source of inspiration, and creativity. October’s birthstone opal is a gem of positive transformation, revealing the colorful attributes of those who wear it. Magical, mysterious, and lively while captivating its admirers with its variety.
Influencing designers worldwide to design with this alluring gem, connoisseurs in Melbourne, Australia believe that “there are no boundaries in working with opal’. And this is indeed true, as each variety of opal has a mystery that evokes curiosity in a unique way..
Almost 95% of the world’s opal is mined in Australia, with black opal from New South Wales, boulder opal from Queensland, and light opal from South Australia. White opal is also produced in Brazil. Fire and crystal opal is found in Mexico and the United States. And since 2008, Ethiopia has become a significant source for the opal market with mostly white and crystal varieties of opal , which boasting vivid play-of-color..