Birthstones

October Birthstone: Opal

  • 2014-10-01

Anri Ring

Opal

The name opal derives from the Greek Opallos, meaning “to see a change (of colour).”  Opals range in colour from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue. Opal is a formation of non-crystalline silica gel that seeped into crevices in the sedimentary strata. Through time and nature’s heating and moulding processes, the gel hardened into the form of opals. The opal is composed of particles closely packed in spherical arrangements. When packed together in a regular pattern, a three-dimensional array of spaces are created that give opal its radiance.

 

You are ice and fire,
The touch of you burns my hands like snow.
You are cold and flame.
You are the crimson of amaryllis,
The silver of moon-touched magnolias.
When I am with you,
My heart is a frozen pond
Gleaming with agitated torches

                                         Amy Lowell

 



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