Hello again jewelry lovers!
This month's spotlight will be on October's birthstones. Most of you may be familiar with the pink cubic zirconia that is usually the representative birthstone for October. This is a synthetic stone, not natural. The opal is the national gemstone of Australia.
Or you may know the birthstone to be an opal. This opal is also synthetic but created to mimic a natural opal gemstone. It is a milky white with inclusions of colors such as pink, blue, green or yellow.
However, natural opal can come in different colors and not have the opalescence. It can come in an aqua, pink, green, yellow, black or brown in color. The "fire" can also be different colors than the white variety. It can be blue with pink, purple or turquoise colors or it can be red with orange, yellow and gold colors.
This set is created with Ethiopian opal nuggets and tiger's eye nuggets. The set at the top of this page was created from African opal rounds and a Mexican Fire opal pendant and Brandy opal discs on the earrings There are many variations to be found depending on your budget but you can usually find something appealing and affordable in opal.
Hope you enjoyed this month's featured stone! Let me know if you have any comments or questions. I'd love to hear from you!
."16.42cts Lightning Ridge black Opal" by Daniel Mekis - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:16.42cts_Lightning_Ridge_black_Opal."Coober Pedy Opal 2" by Dpulitzer - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Coober_Pedy_Opal_2.jpg#/media/File:Coober
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I am excited to begin bringing you new information about trends in design and colors as they relate to jewelry and gemstones. I'll also be adding some great links that I've found along the way from professionals in both the fashion and jewelry industries. And I would love to hear from you!