Opal has ignited man’s imagination for more than 2,000 years with the flashes of fire that magically burn within its depths. Its multicolored flame makes it unique in the world of gemstones – giving it more variety of color and versatility of wear than perhaps any other gemstone.
Revered as a symbol of hope, fidelity, and purity, opal was dubbed the Queen of Gems by the ancient Romans because it encompassed the colors of all other gems. Opal is prized for its unique play of color, the ability to diffract light into flashes of rainbow color.
Opal, along with tourmaline, is the birthstone for October and the suggested gift for the fourteenth anniversary.
Information: Provided by the American Gem Trad Association
Michelle M. Rahm is a GIA-trained Graduate Gemologist and is President of Colorado’s Mile High Chapter of the GIA Alumni Association. She has been selling gemstones and jewelry online since 1997. Visit her websites JewelryImpressions.com and OurCustomWeddingRings.com