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October Birthstones: Opal + Tourmaline



October Birthstones: Opal + Tourmaline

 

 

Opal is the traditional birthstone for the month of October, making it the perfect stone for the Libras and Scorpios in your life.

Opals historically carry a reputation full of bad luck, superstition, and a set of rules for who can or can't wear them with out bringing doom and gloom. It wasn't always this way. Civilizations from the ancient Romans to the Greeks and Arabs of Muhammad's time considered them to bring luck, wisdom, and prophetic powers to its owners. However, in the 1800's a man named Sir Walter Scott wrote a book called Anne of Geierstein, which portrayed an opal talisman having evil powers. His book blew up, and with its popularity sales of the gemstone dropped by 50%. The fall of the opal continued well into the 19th century, as it was blamed for death, plagues, falls of monarchies, and anything else considered "bad luck." So who was behind the continued dragging of Opal's reputation? None other than diamond traders, who feared the rise of the opal would cause less interest in diamonds. 

Now, opals are said to bring loyalty and faithfulness to the wearer, as well as stimulate creativity. While opals have become popularized due to their beautiful color range and attainable price point, opals are a very soft stone (5.5 on the Mohs scale) and scratches easily. If you're looking for an every day opal piece, we recommend it in the form of a necklace or earrings in lieu of a ring. 

Take a look at our top opal picks for fall, available in store + online now. 

Jeanette Park 
 
Sofia Zakia 
For those looking for something a little off the beaten path, Tourmalines are a perfect go-to gem. Tourmalines are said to help with stress relief, as well as strengthening the immune system. It is called a receptive stone, meaning that it fosters compassion and cool headedness for the wearer. 
These stones are harder than opal, making them a great choice for the center stone on a ring. 
 
Jenni Dowie 
Jeanette Park
Jenni Dowie