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NEVER WEAR AN OPAL RING UNLESS IT IS YOUR BIRTHSTONE.
IF YOU WEAR IT, YOU WILL HAVE SEVEN YEARS BAD
LUCK; BUT THE REST OF YOUR LIFE YOU WILL HAVE GOOD
LUCK. ONLY THOSE WHOSE BIRTHSTONE IT IS CAN
WEAR IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Good luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 02-14-1972

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JEWELRY IS THE ONE THING MOST WOMEN ENJOY A
COLLECTION OF. BUT ONE MUST BE VERY CAREFUL OF
THE KIND OF JEWELRY SHE WEARS. OPALS FOR INSTANCE
ARE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL STONES EVER USED
BY MAN. FOR THOSE BORN UNDER THE SIGN OF LIBRA
THEY ARE VERY GOOD LUCK. FOR THE PERSON NOT BORN
UNDER LIBRA, THEY ARE JUST THE OPPOSITE--WOE
TO THE PERSON WHO WEARS AN OPAL AND IS NOT
GUARDED BY THE SIGN OF LIBRA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Good luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 08-00-1967

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO BUY YOURSELF AN OPAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 03-00-1984

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO WHERE AN OPAL IF YOU WEREN'T BORN IN OCTOBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Month
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 04-00-1984

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It is unlucky for someone who is not a Scorpio to
wear an opal.

Submitter comment: Elinor's great aunt was a Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21),
and owned a lovely opal ring. Her daughter, Nettie, wanted
the ring, but her mother cautioned her against wearing it,
as it would bring bad luck. Nettie wore the ring anyway. The
first time she wore it, she was almost hit by a car. The
second time that she wore the opal, she had a mishap,
mangling the ring beyond repair, and losing the opal. After
that, Nettie believed what her mother had told her.
Nettie told this to Elinor as a warning, because they are both
Sagittarius. Elinor also was told by one of her students,
Molly, that she had a terrible string of bad luck for a
whole week, until she gave away her opal ring.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FRASER

Keyword(s): Horoscope, proscription, advice, astrology, gems, jewelry

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00001960S

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Wearing opals when you are not a Scorpio is only bad
luck if you are single; if you are married they won't
harm you.

Submitter comment: Jane, a friend of Elinor's, states that wearing an opal if
you are not supposed to interferes in the finding of
a husband. She then told Elinor that she could wear
an opal if she wanted to, since she was married.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Keyword(s): horoscope, astrology, spinster, advice, reassurance, gems

James Callow Keyword(s): JEWELRY

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00001987ca

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If you are going to wear jewelry with opals, it is
better luck to wear an odd number of opals than an
even number.

Submitter comment: Elinor's friend, Jane, states that the ring (or other piece
of jewelry) will be stronger this way.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): Advice, gems

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Number Even number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Number Odd number (not specific)
BELIEF -- Good luck Numbers
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Numbers
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event
BELIEF -- Conversions Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 00001980S

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An opal will shine more brightly for someone who
is supposed to wear it, but will look dull, or will crack,
if the wrong person wears it. If you have Scorpio rising
in your astrological sign, that is as good as being born
under Scorpio.

Submitter comment: Annie, an acquaintance of Elinor's, complimented Elinor
on the beauty of her opal ring. When Elinor related her
misgivings about wearing the ring, Annie reassured her
that it was safe, since Scorpio was her rising sign. She
also warned her not to let anyone wear it, as the ring
might crack if that person was not born under the proper
sign.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Sterling Heights

Keyword(s): Advice, gems

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event
BELIEF -- Conversions Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Conversions Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00001980S

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NEVER LET ANYONE TRY ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING OR YOUR
WEDDING BAND FOR IF YOU DO, IT WILL BRING BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HER SISTER WHEN SHE
ASKED HER IF SHE COULD TRY ON HER WEDDING BAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): BERGER, WILLIAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dating Courtship
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 03-20-1967

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SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE IT IS BAD LUCK TO TRY ON ANOTHER
PERSON'S ENGAGEMENT RING.

Submitter comment: I DON'T KNOW WHO'S SUPPOSED TO GET THE BAD LUCK,
BUT I'VE NEVER TRIED ON ANYONE'S ENGAGEMENT RING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO WEAR A PEARL RING IF IT IS NOT
YOUR BIRTHSTONE. PEARLS MEAN TEARS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 11-10-1970

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IF YOU WEAR A PEARL RING IT WILL BRING BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 10-03-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A WOMAN TO BUY HER OWN PEARL RING.
SOMEONE ELSE SHOULD BUY IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 10-26-1969

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO WEAR AN OPAL RING IF YOUR BIRTHDATE
IS NOT IN OCTOBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 08-11-1964

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IF YOU WEAR AN OPAL BIRTHSTONE, AND IT IS NOT YOUR
BIRTHSTONE, IT WILL BRING YOU BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 11-09-1968

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TO HAVE POSSESSION OF AN OPAL IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 11-12-1969

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A RING WITH AN OPAL STONE SHOULD NOT BE WORN UNLESS
IT IS YOUR BIRTHSTONE. IF THE RING IS WORN OTHER
THAN BEING A BIRTHSTONE, IT WILL BRING BAD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 11-04-1969

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WHEN YOU BREAK UP WITH A BOYFRIEND, DON'T WEAR THE
EARRING YOU HAD ON AGAIN, OR IT IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HAD KNOWN THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 10-28-1967

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TAKE A TURQUOISE STONE AND LOOK AT THE MOON'S
REFLECTION THROUGH IT AND YOU WILL NEVER HAVE
BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO INFORMANT BY FRIEND IN HIGH SCHOOL

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Metal Stone Bone Precious stone Gem
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 10-07-1970

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OPALS ARE VERY BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): GEMS GEMSTONE GEM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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