Is It Bad Luck To Wear Opals If It's Not Your Birthstone

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  1. LvsTnk

    LvsTnk Disney Crazy

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    I don't know where I heard this, but I wondered if anyone else had heard it as well.

    DD's boyfriend gave her an opal and diamond bracelet (very pretty) last night and that saying was the first thing that p.opped into my head. Of course, I would never tell her that ;)
     
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  3. Lisa L from MI

    Lisa L from MI <font color=0099CC>Just call me the handing out ke

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    Yes...I have heard that too
     
  4. Serena

    Serena <font color=navy>Not afraid of canned biscuits<br>

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    It's very bad luck not to wear the bracelet your boyfriend gives you. :teeth:
     
  5. trappednabox

    trappednabox <font color=006600>Frogs are our friends...<br><fo

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    :rotfl:

    I've never heard this before. Just another thing I learned from the dis.
     
  6. disneyworld!

    disneyworld! <font color="87005b">Love, Peace & Mickey.....and

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    YES, which explains my whole senior year in high school!
    I went to have my cards read way back when...that is the first thing she noticed. I have not worne it since!
     
  7. issa

    issa Mouseketeer

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    The tradition is


    It is bad luck to BUY opals for YOURSELF

    They must be given to you as a gift.
     
  8. vald1977

    vald1977 <font color=green>I keep thinking that if I keep s

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    Hmm, never heard of this one (and it does happen to be my birthstone :) ).
     
  9. LvsTnk

    LvsTnk Disney Crazy

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    Wow, you learn so much from the DIS!

    Serena....had to laugh, this boy is sooo nice to her she put the bracelet on right away. Too bad he's off to Montana for school in the fall my DD will be heartbroken as she is only a soph.
     
  10. LvsTnk

    LvsTnk Disney Crazy

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    Just curious did you buy them yourself, sorry about the bad luck!
     
  11. Pin Wizard

    Pin Wizard <font color=deeppink>I now have a new favorite at

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    Yes, and my sister swore by it. She had opals that her ex gave her when they were married. I think she eventually got rid of them.
     
  12. Beth76

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    Well I suppose it's bad luck if you believe that sort of thing. If you want something to be bad luck than it will. I've never heard that statement, but I'm also not supersitious.
     
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  14. Sparx

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    It is my birthstone, so I dunno... :confused3
     
  15. debbiedoo

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    this is my birthstone--I have heard both--
     
  16. dmslush

    dmslush <font color="navy">If you don't let your dog poop

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    I wear an opal ring that was given to me by SO. I also have an opal necklace that he gave me. I think I have pretty good luck :earsgirl: An opal is dd's birthstone, so that is why he gives them to me.
     
  17. Amberle3

    Amberle3 <font color=CC0066>Likes to absorb the park<br><fo

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    I've always been told that it's bad luck to wear Opals if they're not your birthstone. My grandmother - who was not ordinarily superstitious - would not buy me opals for that reason. Or maybe she was just cheap and used it as an excuse ;)
     
  18. PDXMULAN

    PDXMULAN Earning My Ears

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    I also heard it is bad luck to wear Opals if they are not given to you. I bought my self an Opal ring right out of high school and I lost the stone three times. I finally replaced it with a sapphire but after almost twenty years the ring has disappeared. I am wearing Opal and Diamond earrings right now but they were a gift and nothing has ever happened to them!!
     
  19. phamton

    phamton The Other Orlando Themepark Moderator

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    http://www.opalsdownunder.com.au/articles/luck.htm
    "The saddest opal saga is the oft-repeated misconception in the last of Sir Walter Scott's novels, Anne of Geierstein (1829), which irrevocably linked opal to misfortune. Having not read the third volume, the public jumped to the conclusion that the heroine has been bewitched, that her magic opal discolours when touched by holy water, and that she dies as a result. On carefully examining the texts, Si Frazier, writing in Lapidary Journal, found all three accusations false. The opal, which actually belonged to Anne's exotic grandmother, turns out to have turned pale as a warning to its owner against poisoning (which was the actual cause of her grandmother's death). Even so, this single work plunged opal prices to half in just one year and crippled the European opal market for decades.

    George F. Kunz, author of "The Curious Lore of Precious Stones", says, "There can be little doubt that much of the modern superstition regarding the supposed unlucky quality of the opal owes its origin to a careless reading of Sir Walter Scott's novel, 'Anne of Geierstein'. The wonderful tale... contains nothing to indicate that Scott really meant to represent opal as unlucky."

    In fact, in Roman times, the gem was carried as a good luck charm of talisman, as it was believed that the gem, like the rainbow, brought its owner good fortune. It was also referred to as the "Cupid Stone" because it suggested the clear complexion of the god of love.

    Early races credited opal with magical qualities and traditionally, opal was said to aid its wearer in seeing limitless possibilities. It was believed to clarify by amplifying and mirroring feelings, buried emotions and desires. It was also thought to lessen inhibitions and promote spontaneity. The early Greeks believed the opal bestowed powers of foresight and prophecy upon its owner, while in Arabian folklore, it is said that the stone fell from heaven in flashes of lightning. To the Romans, it was considered to be a token of hope and purity.

    In the 7th Century it was believed that opals possessed magical properties and centuries later Shakespeare was attributed with the description of opal as "that miracle and queen of gems". The Arabs believed that they fell from the sky, and the Oriental traditions referred to them as "the anchor of hope". Lucky opal - the stone of hope, the birthstone of October."
     

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