The piece below was designed by Princess Beatrice, daughter of
Queen Victoria and is from an 1881
Today you can copy this idea using well crafted
calligraphy skills or simply use a decorative font from the computer.
Add your own border using wrapping paper, decoupage or other
October derives from octo meaning eight as it was the 8th
month in the old Roman calendar.
Libra - Sept 23–Oct 23 Scorpio Sagittarius
Oct 24–Nov 21
October Birthstones are Opal and Tourmaline
Opal is a very pretty gemstone that has a play of colours
affected by the amount of light that it absorbs. It ranges from fiery
blues to milky white, but always with a flashing core. The opal birthstone is
a soft stone and is fragile because it has water within it that
determines the gemstone’s appearance. It is a gem that is almost
always set in yellow gold and this enhances the blue colouration.
The fire within an opal is variable dependant on the mines it came from.
Derivation - Latin opalus
Pink Tourmaline - Tourmalines come in countless colours,
but the pink tourmaline, an almost orchid pink, is the version of the
opal birthstone for October.
Birthstones of the Calendar
The name of many calendar months have Latin derivations. Birthstones were
initially linked to the Zodiac, but now are linked to calendar months.
jewellery has always been thought to have magical powers within them
with such powers passed to the wearer of the gem. This idea has been
revived by new age followers who extol the virtues of natural quartz
crystals. They emphasise the importance of good harmony, energy, chi,
balance, and healing. In addition the stones are often very pretty! Talismanic Jewellery has gained new importance since the millennium.
feel special wearing jewellery corresponding to their own birthstones. Many
people develop collections based around a fondness for their own
Some months of the year have two or three stones as birthstones.
New gems and semi precious stones have become more popular. Cultures
have merged and mixed so much in the
past 100 years, that original lists of birthstones popular in any one
country have tended to merge so that several stones are often featured in
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