The rainbow-kaleidoscope of colors of Opal and Tourmaline have been compared to galaxies, rainbows, and fireworks. October babies are lucky to have gemstone gifts of such beauty and in such a wild assortment of shimmering colors. The two October birthstones give anyone adorned by them an ethereal, otherworldly quality.
All twelve months of the calendar year are assigned one or more precious gems to commemorate the birthdays of everyone born in each month. Opal was the original October birthstone. But more recently tourmaline got added to the assortment. Birthstones offer everyone an opportunity to celebrate their birthday in a special way.
Perhaps the most magical-looking of all precious stones, the Opal holds a multitude of hues and reflections which give it a constantly sparkling, flickering flame appearance. Polished Opals typically show what's is called “play of color”. It’s said to contain the powers of all precious gems combined, talk about a special October birthstone!
Opal’s uniquely vivid and shifting appearance has prompted many to believe that it has metaphysical properties. Ancient Greeks believed they could bring the gift of prophecy, and could protect wearers from evil.
It’s thought that Opals are formed when rainwater trickles down into rock and remains there until the silica has dried out. The shifting colors we see in opals are caused by a large quantity of differently-sized silica spheres. Light bounces off these spheres and reflects in different colors. Cool, Right?!
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Tourmaline is a precious gem that’s found in a variety of equally wondrous and vivid colors. Said to inspire artistic expression, this October birthstone can be found in vibrant shades of pink, purple, orange, green, blue, and even black.
Derived from the Sinhalese word touramalli – which means “stone with mixed colors” – very few gemstone types can match the broad variety of colors that tourmaline possesses.
The different tones of Tourmaline are said to inspire different attributes and properties, giving October babies many choices for a single October birthstone. The pink shades of Watermelon Tourmaline most often get associated with love and romance. While the vivid green and Black Tourmaline stones are a source of compassion and self-confidence. Whichever variation of the October birthstone you pick, they can all give you a little boost in life. Check out a few of our Tourmaline jewels here:
What Color Is The October Birthstone?
Basically, it's like life - choose what you like best!
Care And Storage Tips For October Birthstones
- Opal – the best way to clean this October birthstone is with soapy lukewarm water. Do not leave your opal in the water for too long, as over-exposure to moisture may cause damage. Opal can be scratched by other, harder gemstones so it is safest stored alone.
- Tourmaline – this hardy October birthstone is able to tolerate most chemicals and bright lights, but should be kept away from high temperatures. While ultrasonic cleaning is not recommended, tourmaline can be cleaned with sudsy warm water and a soft brush.