Opals are the birthstone for October and also the stone to celebrate 14 years of marriage. The name opal is thought to be derived from the Greek derivative “Opallios,” meaning “to see a change of colour.”
Opal is a delicate and soft stone, rating a 5.5 to 6.5 on the MOHS scale. It is usually milky and translucent.
Opals are often rumoured to be bad luck, this unfortunate reputation and myth actually is the fault of one man, Sir Walter Scott, his novel, Anne of Geuerstein, written in 1829, was the story of Lady Hermione, who dies shortly after a drop of holy water falls on her opal and destroys its colour. The public took this to mean that the author was warning of the bad luck an opal can bring, so they stopped buying the beautiful gemstone. This turn of events destroyed the European opal market for almost 50 years!