The birthstones we associate with certain months now are not necessarily the same ones as those used centuries ago.
Originally, they related to the 12 gemstones appearing on the breastplate of the High Priest of the Isrealites described in the Book of Exodus.
Color was once the most important feature of a stone. The wearing of birthstones is thought to bring good luck, good health, and protection.
Astrologers long ago attributed supernatural powers to certain gemstones.
Nowadays, more people like to wear birthstone jewelry to give a certain meaning.
The October birthstone, opal, symbolizes faithfulness and confidence.
The word comes from the Latin opalus, meaning “precious jewel.”
Necklaces with opals set in them were worn to repel evil and to protect eyesight.
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