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October Birthstone: Opal

Opal, the birthstone for October, is a unique gemstone that is known for its iridescence and play of color. It has been revered for centuries for its beauty and mystical properties, making it a popular choice for jewellery. In this blog post, we will explore the history, symbolism, and properties of opals.

Our coveted Initial & Birthstone Necklace, featuring our gold filled genuine opal birthstone charm.

The History of Opals

Opals have been recognised as a precious gemstone for thousands of years, dating back to ancient civilisations such as the Greeks and Romans. The name “opal” comes from the Greek word “opallios,” which means “to see a change in color.” They believed that opals had the power to provide foresight and prophesy, and that they could protect the wearer from harm. In the Middle Ages, opals were considered a symbol of purity and hope, and they were often set into crowns, rings, and necklaces worn by royalty.

Our Gold Filled, October Opal Birthstone Threaders.

Symbolism and Properties of Opals

Opals are believed to have a variety of mystical properties. They are said to enhance creativity and imagination, and to bring good luck and prosperity to the wearer. They bring faithfulness, confidence and spirituality. Opals are also thought to have healing properties and are used in crystal healing to aid in emotional healing and balance. Opals are unique in that they have the ability to reflect a wide range of colours, making them a symbol of hope and optimism.

Opals are also known for their physical properties. They are formed from silica and water, and can contain up to 30% water. They are relatively soft compared to other gemstones, with a rating of 5.5-6.5 on the Mohs scale. Opals are sensitive to heat and sudden temperature changes, and can crack or lose their color if exposed to extreme conditions.


Opals in Jewellery

Opals are a popular choice for jewellery due to their unique beauty and symbolism. They are often used in necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings. Opals are also a popular choice for engagement rings, as they are a symbol of hope and love. When choosing opal jewelry, it is important to look for high-quality stones that are free of cracks and blemishes. Opals are often cut into cabochons to enhance their iridescence and color.

Our gold filled, October Opal Birthstone Stud Earrings are perfect worn alone, in an ear stack, or, my personal favourite, in my helix piercing. Pictured with the You are the Sun and Moon Hoop Earrings.

Beauty and Fire

Opals are a beautiful and unique gemstone that have been revered for centuries for their beauty and mystical properties. They are a popular choice for jewellery due to their symbolism and versatility, and are a perfect gift for anyone born in October. Whether you choose a simple opal necklace or an opal engagement ring, you can be sure that you are giving a gift that is both beautiful and meaningful.

Looking for your birthstone? Explore the birthstone collection here.


Jess Kumanovski

Maison de Femmes founder and creative director.

A hopeful romantic, Jess lives and works in Melbourne, Australia and has always had a particular knack for untangling jewellery and dating idiots. She started Maison de Femmes in 2018 as an escape from the 9-5 office grind, and it's been a magical ride ever since.

Find out more about our humble origins on the About Us page.