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Opal is an extraordinary and delicate gemstone referred to by Shakespeare as, "the queen of gems" in his play Twelfth Night. The birthstone for October, the gem displays an intricate spectrum of lively colors that vary for each stone. Each opal offers a unique and original look all its own. In addition to the striking play-of-color, the body color of the opal can be colorless, monochromatic, opaque, translucent, or transparent for a wide range looks.