October Birthstones: Tourmaline and Opal
October also has two birthstones: Tourmaline and Opal. Tourmaline is a favorite gemstone for many because it’s available in a rainbow of beautiful colors. Opal gemstones are truly unique because each individual gem is adorned with a one-of-a-kind color combination.
Available in a spectrum of colors and color combinations, tourmaline lives up to its name, which means “mixed stone.” With a variety of colors, tourmaline can easily enhance any jewelry collection. Cranberry red, hot magenta, bubblegum pink, peach and orange, canary yellow, mint, grass and forest green, ocean blue, violet: Tourmaline is all of these and more.
Tourmaline is also known for displaying several colors in one gemstone. These bi-color or tri-color gems are formed in many combinations and are highly prized. One multi-color variety is known as watermelon tourmaline and features green, pink, and white color bands. To resemble its namesake, the gemstone is cut into thin slices having a pink center, white ring, and green edge.
In ancient times, the opal was known as the “Queen of Gems” because it encompassed the colors of all other gems. Each opal is truly one-of-a-kind; as unique as our fingerprints. Some prefer the calming flashes of blues and greens; others love the bright reds and yellows. With its rainbow of colors, as you turn and move the opal the color plays and shifts, giving you a gem that can be worn with a plethora of ensembles.
Australia’s Lightning Ridge is known for its rare and stunning black opals. The ideal opal is one that displays broad patterns covering the surface, with all the colors of the rainbow, including red. Since opals are the most individual gemstone with its range of colors be sure to choose one that showcases your color preference and pattern.
For the Libras and Scorpios in your life, tourmaline and opal gems are meaningful gifts for their October birthdays.