October 30th, 2015
Turquoise - New earrings from Turkey
Turquoise is one of the oldest known gems..
The name “Turquoise” may have come from the word Turquie, French for Turkey, because of the early belief that the mineral came from that country (the turquoise most likely came from the Alimersai Mountains in Persia (now Iran) or the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, two of the world's oldest known turquoise mining areas.)
Another possibility could be the name came from the French description of the gemstone, "pierre turquin" meaning dark blue stone.
Opal - October Birth Stone
Opal is a hydrous, silicon dioxide. It is unlike other minerals because it is not crystalline. It is considered to be a hardened jelly.
The name opal derives from the Greek Opallos, meaning "to see a change (of color)." Opals range in color from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue.
The varieties of gem opal are as follows:
Healing properties - It was believed that water, fire and heat are enclosed in Opal so it is a remedy for many diseases. Opal helps against heart diseases, calms nerves, guards against melancholy, and improves vision.
Magical properties - It is a stone of deceptive hopes and illusions, secret passions, superstitions, the favorite stone of magicians and alchemists. Opals intensify intuition and promote inspiration. Opals help recollect the past lives.
Opal is the birthstone for the month of October. Element: Water.
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