October’s Beautiful Birthstones - Opal And Tourmaline

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Published: October 01, 2022, Updated: January 25, 2024

October babies are certainly lucky in their birthstone options! Opal and Tourmaline are both prized and beautiful gems that come in a variety of colors and formations.

If you want a birthstone that can be matched to any outfit, occasion, and any taste, October's birthstones fit the bill!

Of course, there’s a lot more to these stones than glitter, and natural stone jewelry shines with all the beauty of every stone and stone meaning.

Want to know more about October’s birthstones and what makes them special? You’re in the right place!

October’s Birthstone Meanings

The symbolic meaning of a stone and its beauty might not be the same, but the meaning of a stone can add to the beauty of the jewelry. Jewelry doesn’t have to be anything but beautiful, but stone meanings can add another layer of symbolism and appreciation to natural stone jewelry.

Opal Meanings and Symbolism

Opal jewelry is truly something special. Historically, Opals have been seen as one of the most magical and lucky gems in the world.

The range of color and many different beautiful varieties of Opal certainly make them seem like something special, so it’s no wonder they got such an incredible symbolic meaning!

Though, you might not want to use Opals the way some people did, to preserve blonde hair! Opals might be lucky and beautiful, but they don’t keep your hair blonde, or any other color in fact.

Tourmaline Meanings and Symbolism

Tourmaline is a stone that wasn’t discovered until relatively recently, in the 1800’s. Primarily a New World stone, Tourmaline was probably used in jewelry and decorations for centuries before it was formally discovered, but it was mistaken for other gems such as Emeralds, Rubies, and Sapphires.

That’s because Tourmaline comes in a stunning array of different colors. Without modern mineralogy we might never have discovered that Tourmaline exists, and may have always thought Tourmaline were dozens or even hundreds of different stones and gems based on the color and luster of each crystal.

That means that, while Tourmaline has an interesting history, including producing some of the favorite gems of Chinese Dowager Empress Tz'u Hsi, it doesn’t have the same kind of ancient symbology as some other stones.

In modern gem symbology, Tourmaline is thought to encourage love, soothe negative emotions, and help ease relationship troubles.

Where Are Opals And Tourmaline Found?

Opals are found all over the world, but the color and play of color varies in every deposit and every area. Tourmaline can also be found all over the world, but most fine Tourmaline are found in North, Central, and South America.

While these stones are widely distributed, like all fine stones used in jewelry, the stones of high enough quality to use in handmade artisan jewelry are much rarer.

October’s beautiful birthstones have a lot going for them, and the wide variety of colors and beautiful patterns found in each make for some of the most stunning birthstone jewelry.

Why Choose Opal And Tourmaline

If you aren’t already convinced by October’s birthstones there are still plenty of reasons to consider Opal jewelry and Tourmaline jewelry for your collection. For one thing, these birthstones both come in a rainbow of possible colors. There are lots of options when it comes to the color, size, and shape of October birthstone jewelry.

The natural Opals I use almost resemble pink and gray pearls, with luster and a subtle play of color that’s as elegant as it is versatile. Peruvian Opals are every bit as unique as the Opals found in Australia or Central America, and just as beautiful.

Tourmaline is another wonderful choice, particularly for people who love multicolored birthstone jewelry or stones that come in a rainbow of colors. If you want to celebrate the variety and many colors and patterns of nature, there are few better stones than Opal and Tourmaline. And of course, handmade artisan jewelry is an excellent option for more than just birthstone jewelry. It can be a fantastic choice for any gift, October birthday or not!