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  • Opal Myth Debunked!

    “It’s bad luck to wear opal if it’s not your birthstone.”

    This is something that we hear from our guests on a regular basis. Where does this superstition come from? Frank, from Parle Jewelry Designs/Idaho Opal and Gem Corporation let us in on history of this well-known belief:
    In 1829, Sir Walter Scott published a novel titled, Anne of Geierstein (or The Maiden of the Mist). This according to Frank, was the Harry Potter of its time! In this novel. The Baroness of Arnheim wears a talisman made of Opal bestowed with magical powers. When holy water is splashed on the opal, it loses its colors and the Baroness becomes a pile of ash. It is because of this fictional scene that people started to associate opals with bad omens.
    Long before Sir Walter Scott’s fantastical tale, the ancient Greeks and Romans thought the opal was a symbol of good luck and fortune. Due to its many colors, the opal was a symbol of hope like the rainbow. It was often given as a gift to bring protection and wealth to the wearer. The “gift from the heavens” women often wore the gem in their hair to ensure their hair color would not fade. Opals were originally thought to possess magical qualities and bring its wearer foresight. They were used to help shy, timid people be more open in social situations as they were thought to have the power to amplify feelings and desires and promote spontaneity.
    Throughout most of history, the opal has been regarded as the luckiest and most magical of all of the gems because it can show all colors. Black, boulder, fire or doublet, there is no denying the magnificence of opals. A single gem can flash every color with fire and intensity beyond that any diamond.

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    About the Blogger:
    Kristin Beaulieu
    South Portland Assistant Manager

  • Opal, October's Birthstone

    Yesterday, I asked Day's Jewelers' Facebook friends to tell me what they would like to read about in your blog. One fan commented that she would like to know more information about birthstones: where they came from, what they mean and any other information we can provide about them. Well, here it is! At the beginning of each month, I will create a blog about that month's birthstone. Fun facts, information and my personal favorite pieces will be shared. Let's start with Opal, October's birthstone.

    Opal is one gemstone that has many faces. Mostly white, the gemstone captures all colors of the rainbow. As a matter of fact, in some cases up to 21% of the stone is water - therefore it is classified as a mineraloid. This mineraloid can be found in the fissures of rocks. Most commonly in: limonite, sandstone, basalt or marl. The internal structure of the stone is what makes the colors jump out. Depending on where the stone formed is how color is determined. White and green opals are most common while red and black opals are the rarest. Opals can also be brown, blue, magenta, pink, rose or orange.

    Australia claims the Opal as their national gemstone. Almost 97% of opals are mined from there. Day's has an extensive Australian Opal collection.  This collection is full of blue, green and purple opals that are pendants, earrings and necklaces.  It's always fun to break tradition once and a while.

    In medieval times, the Opal was considered to be the superior stone because it included colors for all other gemstones inside of it.  That glow is known as "opalescence" and is created by light refracting off of the internal structure of the opal.

    And these are a few of my favorite Opal things:

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    To learn more about Opal, click here.

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