Jewel Journal

October Birthstone: The Opal

It is officially Libra season friends, which brings us to perhaps one of our favorite gemstones out there…the dreamy and magical opal. This special October birthstone is absolutely mesmerizing and was once believed to have held lightning that fell from the sky during thunderstorms! Opals are well known for their “play-of-color,” the appearance of their magical rainbow hues shifting and flashing. The October birthstone has also been revered as a symbol of protection, purity, hope and truth. Opals hail mostly from Australia, Ethiopia, Mexico and Brazil and are a little more delicate/softer than other gems, so proper care is vital! Have a special Libra in your life (or want to treat yourself)?! Shop our favorite opal jewelry pieces below!

October Birthstone Opals

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Dreamy Victorian Opal Ring, $1,950

We’re almost at a loss of words to describe this magical vintage opal ring. This dreamy antique piece dates back to the Victorian era circa 1890 and has been captivating wearers for well over 100 years. Delicate engraving and a thin and comfortable band make this opal ring adorable and easy to wear. This October birthstone ring would make the sweetest birthday or anniversary gift!

one-of-a-kind boulder opal birthstone earrings

Boulder Opal and Diamond Hoop Earrings $1,820

What’s better than one opal you ask? Why two of course! These eclectic Boulder Opal earrings have the most vibrant flecks of blue, green and orange, making them the perfect earrings to go with any outfit! Hanging from a petite 14k yellow gold diamond hoop, these October birthstone charms are removable for a more simplified look.

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I Deco Dare You, $6,490

Positively radiating happiness, this one of a kind opal ring would be the perfect October birthstone gift for the vintage lover. An oval opal is set East/West in a 18K matte yellow gold mounting with Baguette and Round Brilliant diamonds. The swirling swatches of green, blue and yellow hues are reminiscent of a beautiful French impressionist painting. We wouldn’t be able to take our eyes off this stunning opal ring!

october birthstone opal ring stack

The Ariel Stack, $3,221.50

For the ultimate October birthstone gift, consider this epic opal and diamond ring stack! We adore mixing and matching shapes and textures to create a chic, one-of-a-kind look. The stones and bands of 14K gold are stacked to beach-y luxe perfection. These lightweight stacking rings are great for spicing up a relaxed outfit or adding a punch of color to an evening ensemble.

Lab Grown Diamonds 101

In the last year or so you’ve most likely heard the term ‘lab grown diamonds’ and wondered, can it be true? What does that mean? Are they real diamonds? Where is this so-called “lab”…? Don’t worry, we’ve had the same questions too! We’re here to help dispel the rumors and clarify exactly who these new kids on the block are! (And believe us, they’re SPARKLY!)

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Q: What is a lab grown diamond?

Lab grown diamonds are created aboveground, in a laboratory and possess all of the same properties as a natural diamond without the additional strain on the environment. Just like natural diamonds, no two lab grown diamonds are alike and each have their own one-of-a-kind inclusions and unique growing patterns.

Q: Where is the lab?

At Sofia Kaman Fine Jewels, we are proud to partner with Diamond Foundry, a leader in the field of lab grown diamonds. The diamonds are created aboveground in a lab in the Pacific West, United States of America. 

Q: How are the lab grown diamonds made?

The diamond material is cultivated in Diamond Foundry’s lab with highly developed technology. It begins with a thin slice of diamond that contains the atomic blueprint for a new diamond to form. Carbon is added in a plasma reactor that reaches 10,000 F°. Atom by atom, the diamond lattice forms, and the process by which diamonds form in nature is re-created. A unique, one-of-a-kind diamond is born and individually planned for excellent cut.

Q: Where are the diamonds cut?

All of the lab grown diamonds from Diamond Foundry are cut at the facility in a controlled environment.

Q: How do I know it is from a lab and not natural?

Each Diamond Foundry lab grown diamond is inscribed with an identification number that can be seen with magnification. A certificate and guarantee of origin is also supplied.

Q: Are they all perfect diamonds? Can they be made to a certain size?

Just like natural diamonds, no two lab-grown diamonds are alike and each have their own one-of-a-kind inclusions and unique growing patterns, so they cannot be “made to order.” They all have varying color, clarity and size. Large diamonds are rare, whether mined or made. Finding or creating diamonds larger than 1 carat is difficult and takes a lot of investment, but that being said you can find lab grown diamonds anywhere from 0.85ct-4ct. 

Q: Are they less expensive than natural diamonds?

Lab grown diamonds are currently lower priced than natural diamonds. Depending on stone specs, they can be significantly less than natural stones. As technology and the market develops this is subject to change, but only time will tell!

Q: Interested in a lab grown diamond engagement ring?

Shop our current lab grown diamond engagement ring options, create a custom piece with us or let us help you place a lab grown diamond in an existing design. We would LOVE to create your dream engagement ring!