Glad tidings to my October-born readers! Let’s celebrate by checking out some amazing dragon artwork featuring Opal and Pink Tourmaline, the two stones that represent October. First off we have this amazing dragon-eye/wing pendant called Darahmadar Silver and Ethiopian Opal by the team of Katarzyna Mielnik-Grzybowska and Mariusz Frodyma of Lunarieen Ltd. You can see more awesome pieces in their gallery and purchase your own unique jewelry in their online and Etsy shops.
From the Wiki:
The word ‘opal‘ is adapted from the Latin term opalus, … and most modern references suggest it is adapted from the Sanskrit word úpala. … Precious opal displays play of color … defined as “a pseudochromatic optical effect resulting in flashes of colored light from certain minerals, as they are turned in white light.” … The term opalescence is commonly and erroneously used to describe this unique and beautiful phenomenon. …
In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal. It was also said to grant invisibility if wrapped in a fresh bay leaf and held in the hand.
[There is a persistent notion that] following the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s Anne of Geierstein in 1829 [in which the Lady Hermione wears an opal with supernatural powers], the opal stone acquired a less auspicious reputation. [According to the opal wiki, this supposedly depressed opal sales by 50% for more than twenty years; however, according to the wiki for the book itself,] there is in fact little evidence that the superstition was common before the 1850s.
So going with the idea that opals are lucky, up next we have Dark Opal Dragon, another from U.K. deviantartist dawndelver, the artist who does such lovely scale work on her dragons. I can’t decide how to classify these wings, are they like butterflies, or sails, or flower petals? However you decide, they’re really well done. You can see more dragons and all sorts of beautiful animal artwork in her gallery.
Then we have this Opal Dragon displaying wonderful “play of color” by Canadian professional artist Jen Elliott, posting as jocarra. It is another dragon from her work with Endless Realms, a “cutting edge pen-and-paper RPG” that lets you “tell your tale with story-driven gameplay mechanics.” She writes that this Opal is “potent, chimerical, any element but unpredictable,” an apt description for this dragon if I say so myself — look at that face and those three tails! Find more fantasy art in her gallery.
Here is another colorful Opal dragon, this time by returning deviantartist Ariel Blyth, posting as Arukanoda (and purchased by fellow deviantartist flammara). She also created a White Opal dragon and a Fire Opal dragon you can see at those links, and she has a fantastic gallery. Arii captions this one:
A pale dragon with very delicate, iridescent fins. Also, glitter. Lots of it.
Went with a shortish face and the shapes that reminded me a bit of manta rays! Probably has a great fascination with pearls and spends a vast majority of its time in crystal clear waters, away from most human populations.
To finish up the opals, here is Opal Dragon by professional artist Candice C. Sciortino, who posts as Mythka (the ‘caretaker’ of this beast is fellow deviantartist BlueFoxAurora). This version is from her Monster Matrix Field Guide 2018 series, but Candice has been doing dragon-a-day series for many years now (check out her gallery of over 1600 designs). She took requests for her June 2016 gemstones series and wound up doing a host of different varieties of this stone, so you can also check out her Opal, White Opal, Galaxy Opal, Boulder Opal, Dragons Breath Fire Opal, and a second Dragons Breath Fire Opal at those links. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter for more.
And then we move on to the second stone, Tourmaline. From the wiki:
According to the [University of] Madras Tamil Lexicon the name comes from the Sinhalese word “thoramalli” (තෝරමල්ලි) or “tōra- molli”, which is applied to a group of gemstones found in Sri Lanka. … This etymology is also given in other standard dictionaries including the Oxford English Dictionary.
Brightly colored Sri Lankan gem tourmalines were brought to Europe in great quantities by the Dutch East India Company to satisfy a demand for curiosities and gems. … Tourmaline was sometimes called the “Ceylonese [Sri Lankan] Magnet” because it could attract and then repel hot ashes due to its pyroelectric properties.
Tourmaline has a variety of colors. … black to bluish-black to deep brown, … brown to yellow, … [or] almost any color: blue, green, red, yellow, pink, etc. … Bi-colored and multicolored crystals are common … [and] may be green at one end and pink at the other, or green on the outside and pink inside; this type is called watermelon tourmaline. Some forms of tourmaline are dichroic, in that they change color when viewed from different directions.
First up is this Birthstone Collection: October dragon by American professional artist Lindy Briggs of How Many Dragons?. (Like Mythka, Lindy also has many Opal dragons in her collection, including a lovely Black Opal Dragon, so check those out as well.) To get your very own go to her Etsy shop, and see more sculpture dragons in her gallery. About this one, Lindy writes:
[T]his dragon holds a light pink rhinestone gem and has a matching gem on her forehead. In keeping with tourmaline’s coloration, this dragon has a bright magenta body, while her accents are a mix of pearly white and dark green [like the watermelon variety!].
Then while I do love my usual suspects, I am featuring two new artists this month, starting with this Pentacle Tourmaline Fairy Dragon by Italian professional artist Genny Milan, posting as EnchantedTokenArt. She writes, “The pentacle has inclusions of dried rose, [and] the dragon holds and preserves a fragment of pink tourmaline.” This piece won her a Daily Deviation credit in August 2013! You can see lots more of her intricate artwork if you check out her Etsy store and follow her on Pintrest, both under her new handle Atharesya.
Next, this is Tourmaline by Canadian fiber artist Amy Felske, posting as IncipientMadness. This handmade dragon is beautiful, I really like the wing detail! She writes, “Tourmaline is a standing dragon with a gazing ball. She has spiral shell horns and her back spikes are amazonite stones.” You can see another photo here, and more fiber crafted dragons in her gallery.
Then finally, here is the October/Tourmaline cross-stitch dragon by creator Brittany Church, posting as InglesideImaginarium on her Etsy store, part of her Birthstone Dragons Monthly Stitch-A-Long series. This is Brittany’s sample — while I usually share these as done by American artist and crafter Gayle Tominaga, posting as jijikit, she stitched the alternate October/Opal design, which you can see there. The caption is the same for both colors, though, so Gayle writes:
This month’s dragon is a Ryu or Tatsu and are from Japan. According to the designer, “These dragons share a lot with their Chinese cousin (see June), including their status as elemental deities. Ryu, though, are mostly water deities and are often depicted more sinuous like a serpent….One of the easiest ways to tell Ryu and Long apart is that Ryu will always have only three toes.”
So that, of course, brings me to one final picture — the cross-stitch I picked up on my vacation. I worked on it a bit out at Fest and in the evenings watching TV, and I have made progress! I feel like I have a ton of blog work to do with the new Fest series and keeping up with my other posts, but I’m glad I got back into this as a relaxing break now and then. 🙂
Oh dear. Just a bit late this time, but at least I’m catching up! And thankfully there weren’t really three stones in October like I thought (but that is coming up again in December, joy)! I expect to have the next post done by the end of the week, so stay tuned for Renaissance Festival Artists part three, and then a Writing Thoughts post — perhaps on biting off more than you can chew?! 😉 And finally a bonus Halloween post for the end of the month.
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+ Darahmadar Silver and Ethiopian Opal by Katarzyna Mielnik-Grzybowska and Mariusz Frodyma of Lunarieen Ltd.
+ Dark Opal Dragon by dawndelver
+ Opal Dragon by Jen Elliott, posting as jocarra
+ Opal by Ariel Blyth, posting as Arukanoda (and purchased by flammara)
+ Opal Dragon by Candice C. Sciortino, posting as Mythka (‘caretaker’ is BlueFoxAurora)
+ Birthstone Collection: October by Lindy Briggs of How Many Dragons?
+ Pentacle Tourmaline Fairy Dragon by Genny Milan, posting as EnchantedTokenArt
+ Tourmaline by Amy Felske, posting as IncipientMadness
+ October/Tourmaline cross-stitch dragon by Brittany Church, posting as InglesideImaginarium on Etsy
+ Photo of my cross stitch bookmark by me