OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS - OPAL

SOME BELIEVE THAT IT IS UNLUCKY TO WEAR AN OPAL IF YOU WERE BORN IN A MONTH OTHER THAN OCTOBER. THIS SUPERSTITION DID NOT COME FROM ANCIENT BELIEFS OR EXPERIENCES. IN FACT, THROUGHOUT HISTORY, OPAL HAS BEEN REGARDED AS THE LUCKIEST AND MOST MAGICAL OF ALL PRECIOUS GEMS DUE TO THE ABILITY TO SHOW THE ENTIRE COLOR SPECTRUM. SOME THOUGHT OPAL HAD THE POWER TO STRENGTHEN EYESIGHT, PROTECT AGAINST CONTAGIOUS DISEASES, AND EASE SADNESS. IT IS ALSO BELIEVED THAT OPAL SYMBOLIZES MAGIC, LOVE, HOPE HAPPINESS AND TRUTH.

THE OPALS STRUCTURE OF MINI SPHERES BREAKS UP LIGHT INTO SPECTRAL COLORS GIVING IT ITS PLAY OF COLOR. THE BRILLIANCE OF THE PLAY OF COLOR IS THE MOST IMPORTANT VALUE FACTOR IN OPALS. THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF OPALS, THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER BEING BLACK OPALS. BLACK OPALS (WHICH ARE LIMITED) AND WHITE OPALS MAIN SOURCE IS AUSTRALIA. THESE UNIQUE NATURAL GEMS ARE USUALLY FASHIONED OR CUT AS CABOCHONS (FLAT ON THE BOTTOM AND DOMED ON TOP). FIRE OPALS ARE POPULAR AS WELL, ALSO KNOWN AS THE FIRE OPAL OR SUN OPAL, A GORGEOUS BRIGHT REDDISH/BROWNISH ORANGE. THESE STONES ARE FACETED AND DO NOT SHARE THE PLAY OF COLOR.

IN THE MARKET TODAY, ARE OPALS THAT ARE TOO THIN TO SET BY THEMSELVES AND HAVE BEEN SHAVED AND PLACED ON BLACK ONYX WITH AN EPOXY, WHICH IS KNOWN AS A DOUBLET. THIS HAS AN OUTSTANDING EFFECT ON OPALS PLAY OF COLOR. EVEN WITH THIS BACKING, OPALS ARE VERY SENSITIVE STONES AND WILL BECOME BRITTLE OR BREAK WITH EXTREME TEMPERATURE CHANGES OR HARD WEAR.

THE SPOTLIGHT IS SHARED FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. THE ALTERNATE BIRTHSTONE IS TOURMALINE, ALSO KNOWN AS THE ANNIVERSARY STONE FOR THE 8TH YEAR OF MARRIAGE. ANCIENT BELIEFS SHOW THAT TOURMALINES WERE BELIEVED TO PROTECT THE WEARER DURING TRAVEL AND/OR HEALING, AND CREATE HARMONY BETWEEN MATES.

TOURMALINES HAVE ONE OF THE WIDEST COLOR RANGES OF ANY GEM SPECIES. THEY RANGE FROM RED TO GREEN, BLUE TO YELLOW AND EVEN MULTI OR PARTI COLORED TOURMALINES ARE AVAILABLE. IT OCCURS IN VARIOUS SHADES AND THERE ARE A NUMBER OF TRADE NAMES FOR THE COLOR VARIETIES. RUBELLITE, A VIBRANT PINK, RED WITH PURPLISH HUES, INDICOLITE, A DARK BLUE, BLUE-GREEN, CHROME TOURMALINE, A VERY INTENSE GREEN (SIMILAR TO THE GREEN IN EMERALDS) AND THE MOST RECENTLY FOUND PARAIBA TOURMALINE WHICH IS AN INTENSE VIOLET-BLUE, GREENISH-BLUE OR BLUE FROM THE STATE OF PARAIBA, BRAZIL.

THIS FALL, THE EARTHY TONES ALONG WITH PURPLES, PINKS AND GREENS ARE DEFINITELY IN STYLE. THE BEAUTIFUL PLAY OF COLOR IN OPAL OR ANY OF THE RICH HUES OF TOURMALINE WOULD MAKE A VERY ROMANTIC GIFT FOR ANY OCCASION. WHETHER YOU FANCY GOLD, WHITE OR YELLOW OR PLATINUM, RINGS, EARRINGS OR PENDANTS, COME AND SELECT A ONE OF A KIND. LET US, CASSIO CREATIONS, COLOR YOUR WORLD!

 
Whichever you choose, please let Cassio Creations color your world.