OCTOBER BIRTHSTONE: OPAL

Opal and optimism go hand-in-hand. Opals spark a childlike playfulness, a motherly strength, a fatherly tenderness, a sisterly joy, and a brotherly love. It’s one big happy family.  

Oh, mighty opal of October. There's not much that needs to be said about its beauty. Flashes of color dancing in a glimmering stone. This birthstone is as versatile as it is colorful - use it for playfulness and strength, tenderness and truth, to amplify your karma and keep your cool all at once. Now keep reading for the good stuff.


Opals aren’t shy about the magic they carry, and that’s part of their charm. From rainbows dancing in jelly opals to the flashes of color that light up black opals, opal refuses to be mundane.


It all goes back to how opals were formed, you see.

Opals are the earth’s capsules of bygone days, with water as its magic wand. The elixir of life that can start civilizations, grows seeds into lush forests, and gives opals its cacophony of colors. Water is where it all starts.

Time creates layers of dust and stories over, captivating age-old wisdom. Settling into the nooks and crannies between dinosaur bones and secret voids the earth forgot. Time and pressure eventually eliminate the water, but the memory remains.

Opals are mined around the world, from Australia to Ethiopia to Peru. Australia is our favorite source of opal. And as our commitment to you, we only choose the sustainable route in acquiring these precious stones. 


Our Australian suppliers are members of the Opal Association of Australia, which assures us these opals are mined in line with strict rules about safety and size of the mine.


Our opals are sourced from: Lightning Ridge, Jundah, Coober Pedy, Yowah (Australia); Oregon (USA); Welo (Ethiopia) 


Tough Love level:5.5 - 6.5 Mohs scale of hardness

Types of opal

  • Yowah and Koroit opals are caramel brown “nuts” with veins of precious opal matrix inside, and can be found in Australia.

  • Fire opals are known for its distinct orange color, they can mostly be found in Mexico.  

  • True to their namesake, honey opals are a warm yellow opal.

  • Welo opals hail from Ethiopia.  

  • Fossil opals are bones, teeth, and parts of dinosaurs fossilized as opals.  

  • Jelly opals are transparent and looks like wobbly jelly.

  • White opals are milky, and some may have rainbows in it.

  • Crystal opals are translucent, with more of a colorplay than jelly opals.    

  • Black opals have a very dark body tone which really brings out the color of the opal's flames.  

  • Boulder opals are ironstone boulders which contain thin seams and patches of precious opals. They have veins of color in spectacular patterns. 

Solid, doublet and triplet

Don’t let yourself get carried away by composite opals - these aren’t solid opals, but a thin layer of opal on wood, obsidian or ironstone. It’s like what veneer is to wood. They’re much less valuable than solid opal. 


Psst. we only stock solid opals for our designs.

opal grading

In the industry, opals are graded based on their bodytone (N1 for black all the way to N9 for white), brightness (how vibrant the colors are), color and patterns (with exotic names like harlequin, pinfire, floral and peacock tail).   


WHO SHOULD GET OPALS?

October babies and Libras for sure!


But also...


TAKE AN OPAL HOME 

Check out our full collection of opals and see if any of the flames in our opal collections sets your heart ablaze!


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