Did you know that opal wasn't declared the official gemstone for October until 1912?

One of nature’s most enchanting gems has had a fascinating history.  Opal’s reputation has swayed between being revered as the gem of the  gods in Roman times, to being regarded as  a gem of great misfortune in the 17th and 18th centuries, to again  being much admired in Late Victorian times, often adorning the frocks of  Queen Victoria herself.

The captivating natural phenomenon,  which gives opal its wonderful colour change, is known as “Play of  Colour.” Opal, in general, is formed from microscopic spheres of silica.  Precious opal, the kind used in fine jewellery, is comprised of highly  regularly shaped spheres, uniformly packed together. Light is refracted  off of these spheres, bending the light into a rainbow of spectral  colours. An immense variety of colours and patterns can be formed in  this way, while the largest spheres produce vibrant reds, the smallest  ones will display heavenly blues. This means that every opal is like a  snowflake, each one unlike any other, unique with its very own  personality. Though red is often considered the most desirable colour,  beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. It’s up to you to discover  which colours and patterns capture your imagination.

-Ronnie Bauer