Opal Birthstone Rosary - October Birthstone
We used 7 x 8mm Opal Austrian crystal glass beads. Each bead is capped with tiny silver plated flowers, which in turn have tiny mother of Pearl glass seed beads on either side. The Mysteries are two opal crystal glass Austrian beads with have an ornate metal bead in-between with opal diamante round the metal bead. A truly beautiful effect. The center piece features the Miraculous "M" - 15mm and the Risen Christ crucifix is 65mm - truly beautiful.
Our Specialty rosaries and chaplets are handmade in South Africa. We take care to ensure that these rosaries are UNIQUE in design. Therefore we only have one listed rosary under our special rosaries, and usually a limited edition of our Chaplet design. We also take pride in using good quality beads, chain, pins, center pieces and crucifix's. We make to order to your specific needs and requests.
The name of this, the traditional October birthstone, is believed to have originated in India (the source of the first opals brought to the Western world), where in Sanskrit it was called upala, a “precious stone." .” In ancient Rome, this became opalus. Most opals are valued for their shifting colors in rainbow hues – a phenomenon known as “play-of-color.”
The October birthstone’s dramatic play-of-color has inspired writers to compare it to fireworks, galaxies and volcanoes. Bedouins once believed opal held lightning and fell from the sky during thunderstorms. Ancient Greeks thought opals bestowed the gift of prophesy and protection from disease. Europeans long maintained opal to be a symbol of purity, hope and truth. Hundreds of years ago, opal was believed to embody the virtues and powers of all colored stones.
Opal is also the stone given to celebrate the 14th wedding anniversary.