Opal has been revered through time, as a symbol of hope, fidelity, and purity. The ancient Romans admired Opal for its color, as it encompasses the colors of all other gems. Today, opal is still prized for its unique play-of-color, the ability to diffract light into flashes of rainbow color.
The October birthstone’s dramatic play-of-color has inspired writers to compare it to fireworks, galaxies and volcanoes. Bedouins, a group of nomadic Arab people, once believed opal held lightning and fell from the sky during thunderstorms. Ancient Greeks thought opals bestowed the gift of prophesy and protection from disease. Europeans long maintained opal to be a symbol of purity, hope and truth. Hundreds of years ago, opal was believed to embody the virtues and powers of all colored stones. Opal is also the stone given to celebrate the 14th wedding anniversary.
Tourmaline occurs in all colors but most well known for pink, red, green, blue, and multicolored. Their color change effect when viewed at different angles. The health benefits of tourmaline are said to aid in detoxification, helping to support fat loss and eliminate toxic metals from the body. It is historically revered as a “magic” stone that is capable of protecting whoever wore it. Although it might be a stretch to say tourmaline has supernatural powers, it does have the uncommon and very special ability to generate an electric charge and emit negative ions and far infrared rays.