MOTD & OOTD For October’s Birthstone: Opal

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Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Opal info via Crystal Vaults and American Gem Society®.

Hello, lovelies.  October has been a dark, but interesting month, so I’m very late in posting October’s looks for its birthstones and birth flower. My apologies.

This look is inspired by the Opal, October’s birthstone.  The Greek word for “opal” is apallios, meaning “to see a change in color”.  The Roman scholar, Pliny the Elder, wrote of opalus: “The Opal, as a precious stone containing the fiery flame of the carbuncle (Garnet), the resplendent purple of the Amethyst, and the sea-green glory of the Emerald – all shining together in incredible union and exquisite pleasure”.  Opal is also thought to be from the Sanskrit word upala, meaning “precious stone”.  Like fingerprints and snowflakes, no two opals are the same.

Opals originate from Australia and was discovered in 1850.  The majority of Opals are produced (95%) in Australia, but are also mined in Brazil, Honduras, Ethiopia, Mexico, and parts of the US.  Opals are a mix of water and silica (hydrated silicon dioxide), containing a water content between 3% and 21% by weight.  Of the 3 types of opal, the most rare is the Precious Opal (also called Rainbow Opal).  It’s also the only opals that exhibit a “play on color”.  Neither the Common Opal, which has a milky and pearly luster (“opalescence”) nor the Fire Opal, which is translucent with “a body color of vivid red, orange, or yellow”, exhibit a play on color.

 

OPAL INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: The Eye Stone

COLORS: Nearly every color and also colorless

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 5.5 – 6.0

TYPES: Precious Opal (or Rainbow), Common Opal, and Fire Opal

ZODIAC SIGN: None, but has a strong affinity with Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

DEITY: Persephone, Queen of the Underworld, ruling during winter. She’s also the Greek goddess of Spring.  Also honors Cardea, Roman goddess of Doorways and Entrys, and protector of families, children, and the house.

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Greek goddess, Persephone, “Queen of the Underworld” – (Image via Photobucket)

 

DIVINATION: “Just when you have given up, good luck makes a return appearance.  Maximize opportunities to ensure it lasts.”

CHAKRAS: Several linking to the Crown (7)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Eases depression and stress, strengthens eyesight, purifies the blood and kidneys, and regulates insulin production.

SECONDARY BIRTHSTONE: Tourmaline

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Polished tourmaline

 

Here’s my outfit.  The focal point of this look is the glass opal brooch that I wore on my head scarf.  The long, black cardigan and lace dress gives it a gothic bohemian feel:

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PROJECT 666 Staples: Long cardigan (J1), Lace asymmetrical dress (D5), Black leggings (P5), Ankle button boots (B2)

 

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Glass opal brooch: Midnight Martini (Etsy), Onyx beaded necklace: String of Jewels (Etsy), Amber ring: Takoma Underground (now closed)

 

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Ankle boots w/ buttons: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

Here’s my face.  I wore dark makeup highlighted by green and gold eyeshadow, and pink bindis to match the brooch:

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That’s it for now.  I’ve been sick and depressed for the past week, so this birthstone post is very late.  My apologies for that.  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Halloween post for October’s birth flower.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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