October Birthstone Opal
The color of a rainbow. The glow of the Northern Lights. The dramatic flash of summer lightning. All the colors of the evening sky are captured in the mysterious, shifting hues of Opal. With its pulsating display of fire and color, Opal was long thought to hold magical powers. For this reason, rare Opals were often reserved for royalty. The crown of the Holy Roman Emperor held a superb example, a fiery red opal called "The Burning of Troy". This was given as a gift from Napoleon to Josephine – forming part of the crown jewels of France. Queen Victoria also loved Opals, and often presented them as wedding gifts. The changing colors and flashing fire seen in Opal are symbolic of love, life, hope and truth. Its rainbow of hues make Opal an ideal fashion accessory with year-round appeal, particularly among those who seek Opal is often chosen to celebrate those born in October. It also is the gem used to commemorate the 12th, 14th or 18th wedding anniversary.