If you are considering having an engagement ring, but don’t know which kind of gemstone to choose, you may have got some suggestions like this: Whatever you choose, just not Opal! It will bring you bad luck!
Is that true?
Just like its mysterious and gorgeous colors, opal has been cloaking with mystic and legendary stories. However, Opal has nothing to do with Bad Luck.
The Brief History of Opal Superstitions
Opal Used to Be Thought Good Luck
Just like diamond means love and loyal, pearl means elegant and pure, the truth is, Opal used to be thought good luck and had got worship by humans. Many centuries ago, in Roman Empire, Opals had been called “Cupid Paederos”, and was also the symbol of hope and beauty. Also, they even had the power of curing human diseases. In the east, this kind of gemstone was also loved by people. Arbs strongly believed that Opals come from heaven, because of their rainbow-like colors. And in Greek, people believed that Opals can bring fortune and foresight to their owners. In France, Empress Joséphine had an Opal named “Burning of Troy” whose colors is marvelous.
Therefore, Opal was admired and seen as a good luck symbol not only by Royal families at that time, but also by those well-known litterateurs:
“Now, the melancholy god protect thee, and the tailor make thy doublet of changeable taffeta, for thy mind is a very opal.”
“When nature had finished painting the flowers, coloring the rainbows, and dyeing the plummage of the birds, she swept the colors from her pallette and molded them into opals.”
Rumors Made Opal to Be Thought Bad Luck
Until Middle Age, people’s feeling for Opal had been turned to another side. Rumor has it that Opal can bring the owner disease and death, the mysterious colors on Opal is the sign of evil and curse. As the rumor spreading, many horrible stories had been appeared in books, which brought terror and fear to the whole society.
The rumors were caused by two simplified reasons.
First, in 14th century, Black Plague was rapidly spreading throughout Europe. Someone believed that most of the people was wearing Opal when they die from this horrible disease. After they die, their bodies became dull and black because of Opal’s unique colors.
However, this rumor can be easily scotched by today’s medical research which has proved that it was actually the black herpes caused by pestis made the bodies dull, nothing to do with Opal.
Second, because people were so crazy about Opal, some were even willing to give up their lives to get or protect Opal, those diamond traders had a strong competition by this colorful and beautiful gemstone. No matter Royal families or just common people, Opal was their first choice for jewelry and collections. Therefore, for saving their business, those diamond traders started to create terrifying stories. They claimed that Opal can bring people bad luck, misfortune, diseases and nightmares. These stories made the situation worse.
Is It Bad Luck to Wear an Opal Engagement Ring If You Were Not Born in October?
The answer is NO.
The reason why people think that Opal is a forbidden choice for the people who were not born in October is that Opal is the birthstone of this month. So, someone believed: given by the horrible and mysterious legendary stories about Opal, this gemstone only blesses its own kind- the people who were born in October.
But as what we talked above, Opal has nothing to do with Bad Luck, no matter which month you were born. So just forget it.
Why You Should Choose an Opal Engagement Ring Instead of Diamond?
A large number of girls or guys take diamond as their first choice when it comes to engagement ring. Indeed, diamond is classic and the symbol of loyalty and love. This shining little stone is always been the hot topic among jewelry industry. People love diamond, but if you want to try something new and special, Opal is definitely the top choice in your wish list.
Back to many centuries ago, people had seen Opal as the sign of love and commitment. The “Burning of Troy” of Empress Joséphine was exactly the token of love from Napoleon.
Also, compare to diamond and all the other stones, Opal has colors from black to white, pink to red, red to blue… which made them so unique in gemstone family. Black Opal like deep galaxy and bring you to the dreamy lovely world. White Opal is such pure and elegant and the honest statement of the love between you and your lover.
In addition, the value of opal is comparable to diamond. You don’t think you will get a cheap engagement ring by giving up diamonds. Opals are also charged by carat just like diamonds. Generally speaking, opals with black body tone are much more expensive than those with white tones. Because Black Opal is rarely to find, the amount of high quality Black Opal is even smaller than good diamonds. Given by the article of http://www.opalsdownunder.com.au/learn-about-opals/introductory/how-opal-valued, Black Opal is the most prized opal and may realise prices over AUD $15,000 a carat.
About “Opal can bring you bad luck” is totally a rumor that grown during the period of Black Plague, one of the darkest times in human history and vicious marketing competition. Now may is the time to uncloak them: Opal has nothing to do with bad luck, they are just beautiful and gorgeous gemstones which could be the best choice for your engagement ring!