October Birthstone - Opal

The well-known Roman naturalist Pliny described opal as "made up of the glories of the most precious gems...the gentler fire of the ruby, the rich purple of the amethyst, the sea-green of the emerald, glittering together..." Opal has symbolised hope, innocence and purity through the ages. In the Middle Ages, young, fair-haired girls wore opals in their hair to protect its lovely blonde colour. Medieval writers believed opal could render its wearer invisible when the need arose.

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