“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.”
The Gregorian calendar has poems matching each month with its birthstone. These are traditionally the stones in English-speaking societies. It is not known whether this verse originally is of the Gregorian calendar or not. In fact Tiffany & Co. published these poems “of unknown author” for the first time in a pamphlet in 1870.
The October birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the Opal is associated – hope, innocence and purity. Some gemstones are reknown for healing properties. The Opal of October is said to be effective for health problems relating to the eyes and eye infections. It is also used to enhance visualization, imagination, dreams and healing.
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 Opal for the October birthstone typically comes in two colours, White or Pink. The crystal version tends to lean towards the pink for it’s representative crystal.