The birthstone for October is the opal. Opals are unique and stunning gemstones known for their iridescent play of colors. They are often characterized by their vibrant flashes of red, green, blue, and other colors that seem to shift and change as you move the stone. This phenomenon is known as "play of color" and is what makes opals so captivating and beautiful.
Opals are formed from silica gel in underground cavities, and their internal structure diffracts light to create the play of color. Opals can come in a variety of colors, and some of the most prized ones are those with a bright and vivid play of color.
Opals have been associated with various myths and superstitions throughout history. In ancient times, opals were believed to possess magical properties and bring good luck. However, in the Middle Ages, they were associated with bad luck and considered unlucky due to their fiery appearance, which some believed resembled the evil eye. Thankfully, these negative associations have largely faded over time, and opals are now cherished for their unique beauty.
This one-of-a-kind Dryad Ring creates an ancient, entwined tree with a mystical, pear-shaped Australian crystal opal.
Handcrafted in sterling silver, it is shaped to size 7 (US) or O (UK).
Proudly made in Wellington, New Zealand by Heavy Metals Jewellery.