Happy Birthday to everyone with October birthdays! Your birthstone, the opulent opal, represents purity, innocence and hope. Opals reflect a rainbow of colors depending on the light it is in.
The opal comes in many different designs and shades. The more colors that can be seen in an opal, the higher the opal's value. What's in a name? The word opal comes from the Greek word opallios which means "color change" and from the Roman word opalus which means "precious stone." Fun Facts: The opal supposedly has the ability to find its wearer real and true love. Opals have been thought to have healing abilities as well. Where Do Opals Come From? Although there is no concrete proof of when opals were discovered, they are thought to have first been mined in Ethiopia in 4000 B.C. However, their popularity increased in 100 B.C. when they were commonly used in Rome. Now, the largest source of opals comes from Australia. Now that you may know a little more about this precious gem!