Opal is October's Birthstone

Written by Sam Serio

If you're still young enough to remember your birthday, you probably also rememberrepparttar special birthstone assigned to it. But at your age, we bet you don't really knowrepparttar 147899 SIGNIFICANCE of your birthstone and what powerrepparttar 147900 ancients felt would be bestowed about you by wearing it. October Birthstone: Opal Birthstone Properties: Enhances insight and dispels fear Alternative Birthstone: Tourmaline Opal isrepparttar 147901 birthstone for October andrepparttar 147902 gemstone given to commemorate a 14th wedding anniversary. The word "opal" for this dynamic gemstone was derived fromrepparttar 147903 Greek word "opallus" which means to see a change in color…because it is, after all, opal's abilty to refract and reflect specific wavelengths of light that make it so special. In fact, there are more than a dozen varieties of fiery and iridescent opals. Opal is a non-crystallized silica, a mineral found nearrepparttar 147904 earth's surface in areas where ancient geothermal hot springs once existed. Romans calledrepparttar 147905 magnificent gemstone "Cupid Paederos," meaning a child as beautiful as love. They believed that opals fell to earth fromrepparttar 147906 heavens in a flash of lightening. However they arrived in on Earth originally, today opals must be mined from deposits found primarily in Southern Australia, although other sources exist in Brazil, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, and Nevada. Crown Jewels Opal has symbolized hope, innocence and purity throughrepparttar 147907 ages. Duringrepparttar 147908 Middle Ages, fair-haired young women put sapphires in their tresses to protectrepparttar 147909 lovely blond color of their hair. Physicians ground opals into a powder that was ingested to ward off nightmares.

Gemstone Jewelry Secrets Revealed

Written by Sam Serio

The mystery and magic of colored gemstones has been an integral aspect orrepparttar "Lore" of most cultures for many centuries. Here is what noted gemstone experts Antoinette L. Matlins and A.C. Bonanno have to say onrepparttar 147898 matter. "The fascination with colored gemstones dates back torepparttar 147899 very beginning of civilization. For our ancestors,repparttar 147900 blue of sapphire produced visions ofrepparttar 147901 heavens;repparttar 147902 red of ruby was a reminder ofrepparttar 147903 very essence of life. By Roman times, rings containing colored gems were prized symbols of power-andrepparttar 147904 most powerful wore rings on every joint of every finger! Since ancient times, colored stones have been thought to possess innate magical powers andrepparttar 147905 ability to endowrepparttar 147906 wearer with certain attributes. According to legend, emeralds are good forrepparttar 147907 eyes; yellow stones cure jaundice; red stones stoprepparttar 147908 flow of blood. At one time it was believed that a ruby worn by a man indicated command, nobility, lordship, and vengeance; worn by a woman, however, it indicated pride, obstinacy, haughtiness. A blue sapphire worn by a man indicated wisdom, and high and magnanimous thoughts; on a woman, jealousy in love, politeness, and vigilance. The emerald signified for a man joyousness, transitory hope, andrepparttar 147909 decline of friendship; for woman, unfounded ambition, childish delight, and change. Colored gems, because ofrepparttar 147910 magical powers associated with them, achieved extensive use as talismans and amulets; as predictors ofrepparttar 147911 future; as therapeutic aids; and as essential elements to many religious practices-pagan, Hebrew, and Christian." Gemstones 101 Natural gemstones are found in nature. Laboratory-created stones, asrepparttar 147912 name implies, are made inrepparttar 147913 laboratory. These stones, which also are referred to as laboratory-grown, {name of manufacturer} - created, or synthetic, have essentiallyrepparttar 147914 same chemical, physical and visual properties as natural gemstones. Laboratory-created stones do not haverepparttar 147915 rarity of naturally colored stones and they are less expensive than naturally mined stones. By contrast, imitation stones look like natural stones in appearance only, and may be glass, plastic, or less costly stones. Laboratory-created and imitation stones should be clearly identified as such. Gemstones may be measured by weight, size, or both. The basic unit for weighing gemstones isrepparttar 147916 carat, which is equal to one-fifth 91/5th) of a gram. Carats are divided into 100 units called points. For example, a half-carat gemstone would weigh .50 carats or 50 points. When gemstones are measured by dimensions,repparttar 147917 size is expressed in millimeters (for example, 7x5 millimeters).

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