October Birthstones - Tourmaline And Opal: Which One Is For You
Birth Stone | By: Ruchi Shah
October is a very special month. They say ‘legends are born in October’ for a reason. Likewise, October birthstones are equally special. Pink Tourmaline and Opal are October birthstones. Tourmaline is rare because it is one of those few gems that are found in every color. Its clarity is nearly good as diamonds. Opal is said to have a range of all colors within it. Opal is the hydrated amorphous form of silica with water percent that ranges from 6 to 10%. Depending on the condition Opal is formed, it takes many different colors from clear through white, grey, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, rose, pink, slate, olive, brown, and black.
Pink and red tourmalines have often been confused with Red rubies in the past. They are differentiated by electric properties because when they are heated, they yield positive charges on one side and negative on others. Alchemists valued the properties and believed that tourmaline is closely related to the philosopher’s stone. They are capable of charging other particles.
The Pink tourmaline is related to heart, emotions, healing and love.
Tourmaline is found in many places around the world. Tourmaline is one of the few gemstones USA is famous for. Dating back to 1900s, California has become a large producer of tourmaline. Californian deposits are known for their bright pinks. The last Empress of China loved pink tourmaline and bought large quantities of it from the Himalaya Mine, in San Diego County, California. These were used to make gemstone jewellery and carvings. Most of today’s tourmaline supply comes from Africa, particularly from Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria and Tanzania.
Opal is also the birthstone of October. The Greek root of the word Opal is "to see the change in color" and it was given to this gemstone because rainbow colors are seen in the opal stone. Although wearing the gem is viewed as good luck, the superstitious belief says that the luck is reversed if you were not born in October. Opals are most commonly worn delicate gems and so it takes special care to ensure their health and longevity
The opal birthstone represents confidence and faithfulness. The stones are worn to keep away and protect from evil eyesight.
Major countries supplying Opal include Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru and the United States.
October Birth Flower: Marigold
October's birth flower is Marigold. It is Mediterranean native and has bright yellowish orange flecks of gold. There are 50 species of Marigold spread throughout Europe by the Spanish conquistadors who brought it home to Spain. These flowers are unique and they bloom throughout the year.
The orange Marigold is one of the most popular flowers that represent creativity and passion. Other varieties come in yellow, gold and red. These colors promote cheerfulness and joy.
With all these specialities, October Birthstones – Pink tourmaline and Opal, is said to bring love, prosperity, and emotional healing. They make gorgeous gemstone jewellery. You can easily connect with gem stone jewellery retailers/ manufacturers or gemstone suppliers on Jewelxy.