October Birthstone Jewelry - The Opal

One of the most popular gems, a single opal stone can flash every color of the rainbow with an intensity and quality that rivals a diamond. Softer than most gemstones, the October birthstone require special care and should not be worn during activities when impact might occur.

History

Ancient legends have credited opal with supernatural powers. Some ancient cultures believed opals gave their owners the gift of prophecy and protection from disease. The gem has long been regarded as one of the luckiest because it can exhibit all colors. In addition to being the October birthstone, opal is the national gemstone of Australia, where 90 percent of the world’s precious opal have been discovered since the 1800s.

Color

“Precious opal” exhibits a phenomenon called play of color, meaning it flashes iridescent colors across the spectrum when it is viewed from different angles. This variety is very rare. Most opals are considered “common opals” which are attractive and desirable, but simply lack the play of color effect to be considered “precious.” A “fire opal” describes a bright opal that has a fire-like background of red, yellow or orange.

Symbolism

Opals have long symbolized hope, truth, and purity.


Latest Arrivals - October Birthstone Jewelry

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recycled gold and opal drop earrings

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The 3 fiery opals that flash with pinks, blues and greens draw you in right away and then you notice the mine cut diamonds set between them. The rich 18k yellow gold setting is graceful and pretty.

Measurements: The front measures 15.2mm x 5.4mm, and the back of the band measures 2.7mm.

Materials: Opals, Mine Cut Diamonds, 18k yellow gold.

Size: It is currently a 6.25 and can be sized up or down 1.5 sizes for free.

Condition: Excellent Vintage condition with light wear in keeping with its age.

Era: Circa 1910.

Layaway available, contact us for details.

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This latest design by Carley is as pretty as it is easy to wear. The Pieces are Vintage and thoughtfully combined. This Necklace features Vintage high carat gold beads and a Vintage Opal.

As each Necklace is made to order they may vary slightly from the picture. Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for these to be made especially for you.

If you would like more details please contact us.

All of our pieces arrive in a box suitable for gifting.

Materials: 14k Yellow Gold Chain, 18k Yellow gold vintage O, Vintage 22k gold beads.

Measurements: 18" long not including the drop. 1.14" Drop from the chain.

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Elegant Signature Packaging Included

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MOURNING IN THE VICTORIAN PERIOD
INSTALLMENT 1 OF THE IDENTIFLY SERIES

-Paula Bixel - Proprietor

"Wearing jewelry in remembrance of our beloved dead is a tradition that originated in the 16th century, but the fashion for mourning jewelry reached its height during the reign of Queen Victoria. Victorian mourning jewelry, particularly those pieces dating to the earlier part of this era, are of special interest to lovers of antique jewelry due to its uniquely personal nature; few other styles of jewelry allow such an intimate glimpse into the past." (read the rest of the blog post here)


You're In Great Hands

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FREE SHIPPING

Free shipping for the USA. Fast, insured, and secure! Your package will be carefully prepared and delivered in a timely manner.  

ALWAYS FREE RESIZING

Trust that your ring will be a perfect fit. Don't know your size? That is OK, we will find out together with a sizing tool. Due to popular demand, resizing is limited for in-house jewels only.

RECYCLED

Whether you purchase an antique or vintage piece, our handcrafted 720 line, or Ancient Influences line, all of gems and metal are recycled.

SECURE PAYMENTS

In-store and online, your payment security is a top priority. We are PCI compliant and SSL secure! Make your purchase with peace of mind. We accept all major credit cards.

PACKAGED WITH LOVE

Our Jewels always ship in our elegant signature packaging, great for gift-giving!


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