Precious stones are held in a high esteem for generations because of their beauty as well as protective powers. Specific gemstones assigned to each month of the year are known as the birthstones. This concept is prevalent since many centuries. Wearing jewelry containing birthstones is believed to bring good luck to the wearer.
There are mixed conceptions about the properties of opal all over the world. In some parts of the world, it is considered unlucky, while in others, it is a treasured precious stone.
Birthstone for October
Opal is also found in transparent, white, and black variety. An opal flashes rainbow like colors when viewed in different angles. The reddish opal having multicolored patches is called Harlequin opal. The lustrous ones reflecting light are the rare, precious ones, while the common ones have a milky appearance.
As opal was known since olden times, there are many myths and legends associated with it. It was called 'Opthalmius', as it was believed to improve eyesight. A legend about the source of opal is that it directly fell on the Earth during lightning. In ancient India, an opal was rubbed across a person's brow to strengthen his memory.
Romans called opal cupid paederos, which means child as beautiful as love. In Greece, opal was believed to possess powers of prophecy. Therefore, opal was treasured by monarchs and rulers equally for its beauty as well as powers.
Significance of Opal
◾ Being the October birthstone, wearing opal is recommended usually to only those born in this month. It is believed to conduct energies of the planet Venus, the ruling planet of Libra. It is believed to strengthen eyesight. Innocence, purity, and hope are the significant meanings related with opal. It has protective powers to ward off evil and nightmares.
◾ It is believed that qualities like confidence, happiness, loyalty, and faithfulness are generated in the opal wearer. Opal radiates powerful positive energy and helps in dispelling fear. It also enhances dreams, insights, and imagination. It is well-known for its healing powers relating to eye problems.
There is also a superstition that opal proves unlucky for the person wearing it if it is not his birthstone.