Hello, lovely Soulflowers! This is another outfit post honoring October’s birthstone, Opal. I went for drinks with friends, so I kept my look pretty casual. I also wore my glasses – didn’t want to fuss around with contact lenses. All of the action happens above the neck. Lol.
Opals are hardened silica gel and contain 5 to 20% water. Because of its many colors and energies, opals represent several elements and used for all seven chakras. Opals come in all colors imaginable.
OPAL INFO & SYMBOLISM
TITLES: The Eye Stone, The Stone of Inspiration and Change
COLORS: Various including rainbow, blue, black, yellow, orange, red, green, brown, and colorless
MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 7.0
CHAKRAS: All of them, leading up to the Crown (7) chakra
ZODIAC SIGN: Libra (September 24 – October 23)
SYMBOLIZES: Love, Passion, Desire, Eroticism
ELEMENTS: Air, Earth, Fire, and Water
Even though opals are “rainbow gems”, paired with black the colors really pop. Wearing the ornate opal pin in my headscarf makes me feel like a queen, and the pin was only $20. Not a bad price to look like royalty.
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.
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
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:
Here’s my face. I wore dark makeup highlighted by green and gold eyeshadow, and pink bindis to match the brooch:
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.
Here we are with October’s birthstones and there are two: Opal and Tourmaline. While tourmalines come in a rainbow of colors (literally), Opals have the rainbow colors in the stone and each color combination is unique – no two opals are the same.
Tourmaline means “mixed stone”, reflecting the many colors of this gemstone. Tourmalines are found all over the world including Afghanistan, Brazil, East Africa, and the USA. Tourmalines come in every color imaginable, but the most popular are blue, red, green, and multi-colored.
Opals are much older, going back to ancient times. Because opals contain so many colors, it was known as the “Queen of Gems” (the ruby is known as the “King of Gems”). As an opal is turned, the colors seem to “dance” as the light reflects each color. The black opal has a dark gray to black background, making the colors more vivid. Black opals are more valuable and are mined at Lightening Ridge in New South Wales, Australia.
Here’s what I wore. I decided to wear the mesh skirt that I purchased from Bellydance.com. Belly dance skirts are a wonderful staple in a gothic bohemian wardrobe. I like that it has some weight to it, but since it’s mesh it grabs onto a lot of things, such as leaves, grass, bricks, and sharp corners.
Here’s my face. I’m still experimenting with different looks and I like this one. I applied a hot pink eye shadow over a metallic, bronze eye shadow. This tones down the pink and gives it a bit of shimmer:
I’m currently working on posting more videos. I was tagged for the “Goth Tag” by Ramona over at Just Keep Brains back in August. August! Ugh, I am so slow. For now, I’ll leave you pretties with a OOTD clip. You’ll see more substantial videos soon.