opal

seduction .  intensity .  imagination

birthstone:  October
anniversary:  12th, 14th

The name opal is derived from the Greek "opallios" which means "to see a change in color."  Opals are known for their iridescent display of light, called "fire," caused by the scattering of light within the crystals.  Opals vary greatly in color of both stone and fire.  The ancient world considered the opal to be the most mysterious and bewitching of gems.  In Medieval times, it was believed that opal could provide a "cloak of invisibility" to the wearer so they could avoid being noticed and it was called patronus forum (patron of thieves.) 

Opal is known a stone of seduction, associated with desire and eroticism.  It can be used to intensify emotional states and release inhibitions.  It is said to aid in accessing and expressing one's true self.  Opal is believed to stimulate imagination, inspiration and creative expression.  It is an excellent stone for those involved in the visual and performing arts.