Opals: Busting the myth of the cursed October birthstone

You might’ve heard it said that Opals are bad luck or are an evil stone, but we’re here to teach you a little history behind the Opal and how it got such a bad rap.

For the most part, it all comes down to a fellow by the name of Sir Walter Scott. Scott was a famous author who wrote a bestselling novel called Anne of Geurerstein in 1829. The protagonist, Lady Hermione, was falsely accused of being a demoness and dies shortly after a drop of holy water fell on her opal she wore proudly in her hair. As one would expect, the public took this to mean that their prized author was warning of the bad luck that an opal can bring, which just so happened to destroy the European opal market for 50 years.

Many people, however, have since found great benefits and meanings in the Opal. Some find it as a symbol of hope, fidelity, loyalty, faithfulness and assurance and many view it as being associated with love and passion.

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If this is your favorite stone, we’d love for you to come in and look at our in-house opals or talk through the perfect custom designed piece of jewelry that would include a lovely opal: Our Columbia location is (803) 798-6002 and our Lexington location is (803) 359-7733.

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