October, November, and December Birthstone Traits
As we come to the last few months of the year, we get to honor three exceptional gems as the birthstones for October, November, and December. Opal, Topaz, and Turquoise all have their own unique histories and healing properties that can be harnessed as we enter the busy holiday season and the final chapter of 2019. Whether or not one of these stones is your birthstone, you can appreciate all of their incredible powers.
Opal is formed when water runs into faults and decomposing fossils and picks up sandstone along the way. When the water evaporates, the silica deposit left behind hardens, creating this stone. How incredible that a simple process can yield such beauty.
This gem is one of two (so far!) that has been found somewhere other than earth. Both opal and peridot have been found on Mars! This incredible fact is made only more interesting as ancient cultures used to believe that opals were otherworldly. Ancient Greeks thought the stones were tears of the gods, while Arabian legend believed that opals fell from the heavens during lightning storms.
This kaleidoscopic gem has marveled people for ages because of its unique look. Famed Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder summed up opal beautifully when he said: “For there is amongst them the gentler fire of the ruby, there is the rich purple of the amethyst, there is the sea-green of the emerald and all shining together in an indescribable union.” It’s no wonder that many cultures revered opal—in Ancient Greece the stone was a talisman to protect against disease and in Ancient India, the fire opal signified passionate love. Other cultures believed opal boosted truthfulness and hope.
Opals found Down Under are considered to be of the best quality. So, it makes sense that 96 percent of the world’s supply of opal comes from Australia. It’s fitting that opal is the country’s national gemstone.
The word “topaz” means fire in Sanskrit and the stone has long been known as a symbol of strength and power, but it has other associations as well. As a necklace, topaz is thought to drive away sadness when worn and the stone is associated with faithfulness and loyalty.
Many stones are linked with other forces and topaz is one of them. The stone is thought to have a strong lunar connection—so much so that the stone’s power and color are thought to actually follow the moon’s cycle. As the moon waxes and wanes, so too does the topaz.
Yellow topaz, which is often associated with November birthdays, is known as a rejuvenating force, boosting confidence, optimism, and energy. It’s thought to help balance the ego when someone is embarking on a big goal or seeking accomplishment by allowing its bearer to be a go-getter without seeming too full of themselves.
Known as the “crystal of potency,” topaz can help find clarity and focus in one’s thoughts and actions. It’s a popular gem for manifestation, visualization, and meditation, assisting people to establish a connection with the psychic realm.
While most of the turquoise sold around the world today comes from the United States and Mexico (the American Southwest has long been associated with the stone), this gem originated somewhere else entirely. The word “turquoise” actually means “Turkish stone,” since the stone first came to Europe from Turkey.
One of the oldest known talismans, turquoise has been a protective stone for centuries, symbolizing many things. In some ancient cultures it signified richness and wealth. Others saw the stone as protection from negativity and danger. Turquoise also had a long-established connection to the spiritual world, making it a popular object for use in psychic readings.
As its deep blue-greenish hue suggests, this stone is highly associated with peace and calm, perhaps because it reminds us of beautiful, smooth ocean water. Turquoise has been known as a symbol of harmony, good future, and friendship.
Another important meaning for this stone is associated with the mind. Turquoise not only represents creative energy and high-minded thinking, it is also believed to possess wisdom within itself. When you seek the truth, this gem can lead the way to it.
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