Michael Barin

Fine Jewelry

October Birthstone (Opal)

Opal is the stone attributed to those born in the month of October.

Often compared to volcanoes, galaxies, and fireworks, Opals have a rich history due to their striking color pattern.  Highly prized and sought after by kings, emperors, maharajas and sultans, the majestic Opal has been desired throughout the ages. The Romans prized opals, ranking them second only to emeralds, and believed them to bring the owner good fortune. Arabic legend says the stone descended to Earth from a foreign galaxy in a flurry of lightning and storm.

 A Lightning Ridge Opal hangs from an 18 Karat Yellow Gold chain studded with natural Lapis Lazuli beads. The pendant, accented with 20 Karat Yellow Gold and White Diamonds, is a work of art within itself.

 A Lightning Ridge Opal hangs from an 18 Karat Yellow Gold chain studded with natural Lapis Lazuli beads. The pendant, accented with 20 Karat Yellow Gold and White Diamonds, is a work of art within itself.

The name Opal comes from "opalus," which means “to see a change in color”.  Opals range in color from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue.

An opal's beauty is the product of contrast between its color play and its background. Opal is a formation of non- crystalline silica gel that seeped into crevices in the sedimentary strata. Through time and nature's heating and molding processes, the gel hardened into the form of opals.

The opal is composed of particles closely packed in spherical arrangements. When packed together in a regular pattern, a three-dimensional array of spaces are created that give opal its radiance.

18 Karat Yellow and White Gold Ring, with a 15.47 CT Lightening Ridge Opal Center Stone accented with 1.80 CT Rose Cut Diamonds. Yellow Gold Band accented with 0.66 CT Diamonds. 

18 Karat Yellow and White Gold Ring, with a 15.47 CT Lightening Ridge Opal Center Stone accented with 1.80 CT Rose Cut Diamonds. Yellow Gold Band accented with 0.66 CT Diamonds. 

There are three main aspects of an opal’s quality:

1.    Color: Background color and play-of-color

2.    Pattern: Arrangement of play-of-color

3.    Clarity: Transparency and quantity of inclusions

10 Ct Opal center stone that is set in 18 Karat Yellow Gold and Organic Silver. The band is accented with Sapphires to compliment the whimsical center stone. 

10 Ct Opal center stone that is set in 18 Karat Yellow Gold and Organic Silver. The band is accented with Sapphires to compliment the whimsical center stone. 

Common terms for play-of-color patterns include:

·        Pin-fire or pinpoint: Small, closely set patches of color

·        Peacock: Mainly Blue and green

·        Harlequin or mosaic: Broad, angular, closely set patches of color

·        Flame: Sweeping reddish bands or streaks that shoot across the stone

 With no two opals the same, this stone’s intrinsic beauty and ever-changing colors and patterns keep those who poses it spellbound. Individual opals can vary widely in appearance and quality. As diverse as snowflakes or fingerprints, each gem can differ noticeably.