October is coming to a close, and I forgot to post about this beautiful gemstone representing the October Child: Opal.
Opals come in all sorts of colors, from the precious Ethiopian and Mexican fire opals to the more common pink opal. Off on a Whim has both fire opals and pink opals, as well as some low grade but lovely blue opals.
Opals are “said to be many things including the most powerful of healing stones, the stone of hope, the stone of great achievement and even the ‘stone of the Gods’.”
They are soft stones and crack easily, so need to be taken care of. They like to be moist, and Ethiopian opals will turn translucent when they get wet (I actually tested this on mine!).
It’s so hard to capture the true beauty of these stones with a camera. In the light they reflect back so many colors and have a bit of sparkle deep in the stone.
These simple minimalist necklaces and earrings I made with Ethiopian opals are meant to focus on the stones themselves more than the necklace. Little opals on a silver bar attached to silver chain, for an easy to wear, easy to match, easy to give gift 🙂
If you happen to find yourself in possession of some of these beautiful stones, hold tight to them and keep them near, fill them with love and warmth!