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IT IS BAD LUCK TO WEAR AN OPAL IN JEWELRY IF IT IS NOT YOUR
BIRTHSTONE.

Submitter comment: I HAVE AN OPAL RING AND IT IS NOT MY BIRTHSTONE. I HAVE BEEN

Where learned: ALABAMA ; INDIANA ; TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; NASHVILLE

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

Date learned: 06-30-1970

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IF A PERSON'S BIRTHSTONE IS NOT THE OPAL, IT WILL BE BAD LUCK
FOR HER TO WEAR OPALS.

Submitter comment: SEVERAL OF MY FRIENDS HAVE TOLD ME THIS; MAINLY WHEN I LOSE

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

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

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO WEAR OPALS IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS NOT IN OCTOBER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PEABODY COLLEGE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)

Date learned: 07-01-1970

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO WEAR AN OPAL UNLESS IT IS YOUR BIRTHSTONE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Date learned: 07-00-1972

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NEVER WEAR AN OPAL BECAUSE IT WILL ALWAYS BRING BAD LUCK.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

Date learned: 06-00-1972

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THE JEWELER ... TOLD ME OPALS AR CONSIDERED BAD LUCK BECAUSE THEY
ARE VERY APT TO CRACK WHEN THEY ARE BEING CUT.

Where learned: TEXAS ; SAN ANTONIO

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

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IF YOU SEE A BLACK CAT, TURN YOUR RING OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MOUNT PLEASANT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION ; REVERSAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Animals

Date learned: 07-21-1968

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BAD LUCK WILL NOT COME IF YOU GIVE SOMEONE A PENNY WHEN YOU
GIVE THEM A PIN TO WEAR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Medium of exchange
BELIEF -- Bad luck Money
BELIEF -- Bad luck Jewelry (gems, rings, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Gifts
BELIEF -- Bad luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Conversions Gifts

Date learned: 03-29-1972

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