Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Happy Birthday.....October!

 "There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on
the feelings, as now in October." 
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

A little birthstone history, fact, lore and legend.

If you were born on October you are soft-spoken, loving, caring, and romantic. You love to chat and you do not lie or pretend. You are a daydreamer who loves the arts, literature and travel.

Your birth color is orange, and the flower for October is the calendula.

 Calendula blossoms in wine are said to ease indigestion. Calendula petals are used in ointments to cure skin irritations, jaundice, sore eyes and toothaches. 

                                               Calendula Flower Tin Necklace

The traditional birthstone for October is the Pink Tourmaline. Pink Tourmaline stands for love, peace and compassion. Tourmaline is used to strengthen the body and spirit. Tourmaline is found in many localities including Brazil, Afghanistan, East Africa, and the USA.  AND.....the Tourmaline is the national gemstone of the USA!

According to Egyptian lore the tourmaline, on its long journey up from the center of the Earth, passed through a rainbow, hence its variety of colors. Because of this one name for the stone is "gemstone of the rainbow."

Octobers modern birthstone is the Opal. Opal stands for hope, purity, health and innocence. Many believe those who wear the Opal will be treated to a greater understanding of life's possibilities and will discover new and different views of the world. Opals also are believed to assist in healing. Opals were greatly valued by ancient monarchs for their protective powers. They were worn as jewelry and in crowns to ward off evil and to protect the wearer's eyesight. The opal was also ingested in a ground-up powder to protect against nightmares.

Australia produces about 95% of the world's opal supply. The aborigines of that country say that the opal was created where a rainbow touched the earth. 

Happy Birthday October, Happy Fall and Happy Halloween Everyone!


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