October Birthstones: The Opal and the Tourmaline
October is the leading month of Fall. It is the official start of the holiday season when pumpkin spice flavors and pumpkin patch fun fill the air. October is a unique month which has two different gemstones that represent the birthdays of the month. It is the month of the beautiful Opal and Tourmaline.
The Opal and Tourmaline’s vibrant colors are legendary. An old wives’ tale explains the beauty of the gemstone that revolves around the use of rainbows. Once you see each gemstone, you will wonder if there is some truth to that myth. Nonetheless, both stones are decadent with colors yet different in their own way. Let’s take a look at each birthstone.
The Opal is truly a unique gem. It isn’t one color with shades or hues of others. It is a distinct mix up of vibrant colors. “Opal” comes from the Greek word “opallios”, which means to see the change in the color, which is an exact representation of the gem as it looks like a mini rainbow. Because of its unique color, the opal has been around for centuries and its popularity continues to grow. It is not only loved for its kaleidoscope color effect, but it is known to be a charm that brings good luck. The evaluation process of the Opal is very similar to purchasing diamonds. They are graded in color, pattern, clarity, and cut.
The Tourmaline is the “stone of mixed colors”. The Sinhalese origin name fits the gemstone as it mirrors every color in the rainbow. The gemstone contains different colored variations within each different stone. Schorl (Black) Tourmaline, Dravite( Brown) tourmaline, Elbaite, Rubelllite tourmaline (Red), Verdelite and etc are all different types of Tourmaline gemstones available. The tourmaline is mined in different locations which include Brazil, Nigeria, Madagascar, the middle east and the US. No tourmaline gem is exactly alike. Each stone is literally a one-of-a-kind gemstone. It is valued based on the color, clarity, cut and carat weight.
Celebrate your October birthday with a gift from Master Jewelers. As a jeweler you can trust, our expert team has over 15 years of experience with purchasing loose gems and crafting a jewelry design you will love. Call us today or stop by our Indianapolis location today.