Birth Flower -Marigold
flower also used in cooking and herbal remedies
opal has a white or light body with flashes of many colors.
The prized black opal is black, dark blue, dark green or gray with
vivid flashes of red, pink and and bright green.
Roman naturalist Pliny, described the opal as being
made of the glories of the most precious gems...the gentler fire of the
ruby, the rich purple of the amethyst, the sea-green of the emerald, glittering
as the Wish Stone, opal is supposed
to promote love and romance and to grant wishes and personal
happiness. Medieval writers believed opal could render its wearer
invisible when the need arose. It was also said to have a beneficial
effect on eyesight and banish evil spirits.
Opal sources are Australia, Mexico and the U.S.
tourmaline, another multi-colored gemstone, is used as a birthstone for
October, as it is not as fragile as the opal and is
sometimes prefered by those who want a faceted stone.