October Birthstones: Opal + Tourmaline

OPAL
Opal is the traditional October birthstone, and is believed to have originated in India (the source of the first opals brought to the Western world), where in Sanskrit it was called 
upala, a “precious stone." 

Ancient Greeks thought opals bestowed the gift of prophesy and protection from disease. Europeans long maintained opal to be a symbol of purity, hope and truth. Hundreds of years ago, opal was believed to embody the virtues and powers of all colored stones.

Opal is also the stone given to celebrate the 14th wedding anniversary.

TOURMAILINE
Tourmaline is the newer October birthstone. The name comes from the Sinhalese word toramalli, which means “stone with mixed colors,” because it often has multiple colors in one crystal. Very few gems match tourmaline’s dazzling array of colors. Perhaps this is why ancient mystics believed this October birthstone could inspire artistic expression – it has a color palette for every mood. Among the most popular are the pink and green tourmalines.


Different colors of tourmaline are thought to have their own healing properties. Pink tourmaline embodies love and is associated with compassion and gentleness. Green tourmaline promotes courage, strength and stamina. 

Tourmaline is also given to celebrate the eighth wedding anniversary.