Month: October 2009

October’s birthstone: Opal

Opal pendant by Carolyn Tyler

Will wearing opal bring you bad luck if it isn’t your birthstone? Of all the ancient myths about gemstones, none endure like the superstitions surrounding opal. The bad-luck opal myth isn’t really ancient. It comes from 19th-century fiction.

Big diamonds for big prices

Both Sotheby’s and Christie’s hold their big jewelry sales this week in New York City, and their hopes are pinned on diamonds. Sotheby’s is up first with a 29.53-carat pear-shaped diamond, internally flawless (pictured at left, courtesy Sotheby’s), at their…