October Birthstone: Tourmaline and Opal
Happy birthday October babies!
October has two birthstones: the tourmaline and the opal. October is the month of transition into Fall in the Northern hemisphere. It represents the balancing of opposing forces, the heat of summer blending into the cool air of fall, and these stones are the perfect embodiment of this energy.
Pair a gift of Tourmaline or Opal with an Autumn-inspired arrangement.
October Birthstone: Tourmaline
Tourmaline in particular has enjoyed much popularity because of its availability in a variety of colours. Tourmalines rich in iron come in black, bluish-black to deep brown, while those rich in magnesium come in yellow to brown, while lithium-rich ones can come in any shade of the rainbow: green, red, yellow, pink.
It is also able to display many colours in the same stone, and are known as bi-colour or tricolor in multiple combinations. One particular variety that’s very popular is the watermelon tourmaline, with pink, green and white colour bands. Those that have very clear colour distinctions are highly valued.
They are available in many countries around the world including Afghanistan, East Africa, Brazil and the US.
Some of its metaphysical properties include helping someone to understand themselves and others. It also helps to promote self confidence and reduces fear, attracting compassion, inspiration, tolerance and prosperity. It’s also a stone that can be used to achieve balance within oneself – between the right-left sides of the brain and male-female energy.
Complement the milky white tones of Opal with classic white roses.
October Birthstone: Opal
Opal is derived from the Greek word Opallos, which means “to see a change of colour”. Depending on the angle you look at it, and the way light reflects off it, you can catch glimpses of different colours. Opals range in hues from milky white to black, with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red and blue.
A beautiful gemstone, it’s formed by non-crystalline silica gel that seeps into crevices in sedimentary rock. Over time, with heat and pressure from nature’s processes, the gel is hardened into opals. Pleasing to the eye, it’s one that inspires hope, love, luck and happiness.
Its metaphysical properties including helping one to heal old emotional wounds, bringing to its wearer inner peace to make it through difficult times. Opals promote right action for the highest good and help to foster peaceful heart-centered communication.