October Opals and Pink Tourmalines

Janice Stiles
Opals and Pink Tourmaline

The classic birthstone for October is Opal, which is available in various hues such as blue, green, pink, white, and occasionally black and red. While raw Opals often appear white, when polished, they reveal a captivating spectrum of colors on the surface, a phenomenon known as "play of color" or, to many, as Opalescent.

According to the Geological Institute of America Opals were discovered in India and given the name of “Upala” or “Precious Stone”. Now Opals are mined around the world, including Brazil, Mexico, Honduras and the western part of the United States. However, the Opal is the national gemstone of Australia where 95% of Opals are sourced.

Opal Pendant

Opal Pendulum - View

Love the pendant? Well, how about some beautiful matching sterling and Opal earrings?

Since Opals are only 5 - 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale I only recommend Opals for pendants, earrings, and occasionally Cuffs. Rarely do I use them for rings because of their fragility.

Opal Dangle Earrings

Opal Dangle Earrings

Where Opal is the classic birthstone for October, Tourmaline is considered the modern birthstone. There are a wide range of hues found in Tourmaline but my favorite is pink.
Historically, Pink Tourmaline is a gem associated with love, compassion, and emotional healing. Some people believe it has a tranquilizing impact during times of distress and is ideal for managing daily anxiety. These therapeutic qualities are a belief that stems from its common formation within aggregates of Quartz crystals.
Tourmaline is predominately mined in Brazil with some deposits found in other areas of the world including California and Maine. As far as Tourmaline hardness goes it is rated 7 - 7.5 and is very suitable for everyday wear.
I would wear these beautiful earrings for their soothing influence and the calming effect they bring, something much needed in today's hectic world.
Pink Tourmaline Earrings
Opal and Pink Tourmaline, the two birthstones of October, are both excellent gemstones representing the month. With Opals unique play of colors, and the beautiful shades of pink in Tourmalines, October-born individuals can embrace their creativity with elegance and style.

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