People born in the month of October are very lucky to have two gorgeous birthstones to choose from – opal and tourmaline. As legend holds, the birthstones of October birthstones came to earth through a journey involving rainbows. Therefore each gem is supposed to unveil limitless possibilities as each one comes in a rainbow of shades and colour combinations.
The main quality of tourmaline stone is that the colours we see are produced due to the presence of trace elements in its chemical makeup, whereas the Opal stone shows a play of multiple colours due to light diffraction. Hence, October’s birthstones offer a full spectrum of gems to suit anyone’s personal tastes.
The name of this gemstone is believed to have derived from a Sri Lanka word “toramalli,” a term used to describe yellow, green or brownstones, meaning “something little out of the earth.” This beautiful stone of Tourmaline is usually the favourite gemstone for many because of its rainbow shade of colours. Most tourmalines are found in a myriad of colours with some even having bi-coloured properties. A valued bi-coloured variety of tourmaline is found in Brazil which is called the “watermelon.” The outer edges of this gem are green, transitioning to a transparent white zone that gives way to a pink or light red interior.
Unlike other gemstones, tourmalines are a relatively recent discovery. This incredible stone is believed to have some super powers, it gives you strength to ward off evil energy, as well as has the power to inspire creativity. Next time you’re facing writer’s block or need an idea, try wearing some tourmaline jewellery!
The name Opal is derived from the Sanskrit word “upala,” as well as the Latin “opalus,” meaning “precious stone.” Opal is said to have been made up of the glories of the most precious stones in this world, thus is also known as the Queen of gems. They are popularly known for their milky, rainbow-coloured flow and each stone is as unique as our fingerprints.
The principal source of opals is Australia, which is also noted for its magnificent black opals. An ideal Opal is said to have broad patterns covering the surface with all the colours of the rainbow. Opal gemstone is considered to be symbols of hope and purity and is associated with luck.