Opal is the cherished October birthstone. Opal is one of the most ancient and historic gemstones. This precious gemstone was held in high honor among many of the ancient cultures. The Romans, for example, named this stone, “Cupid Paederos” which means “a child as beautiful as love”.
Opal has also been known to have some important attributes. Many ancient kings and nobility wore opal in their crowns as protection for their eyesight and a ward against evil. Furthermore, in many ancient cultures opal was crushed up and given to people struggling with nightmares.
This traditional October birthstone poem speaks to the common attribute given to opal:
“October’s child is born for woe,
And life’s vicissitudes must know,
But lay an opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest.”
Opal is also traditionally symbolic of faithfulness. A great way to give the October birthstone is with an October birthstone rosary. October birthstone rosaries combine one of the most popular Catholic prayer tools with beautiful opal gemstones. If you would like to learn more about rosaries, birthstones, or birthstone rosaries, then please see the Birthstone Rosaries Guide. Would you want to receive a birthstone rosary for your birthday?