Opal is probably the most popular October birthstone. Some people think it’s unlucky for anyone born in another month to wear an opal. But that particular superstition comes from a novel written in the 1800s (Anne of Geierstein by Sir Walter Scott), and not from any ancient belief or experience. In fact, throughout most of history, opal has been regarded as the luckiest and most magical of all gems because it can show all colors. Once, it was thought to have the power to preserve the life and color of blond hair.
It is good to use opal in pendants and earrings where there is less of a chance to get knocked around and possibly broken or chipped as with a ring. However, opal rings are fabulous and can be worn safely if the wearer is mindful of it’s somewhat delicate nature.
Traditionally, pink tourmaline is the other choice for October’s birthstone. It is a more durable gemstone that opal for rings generally speaking. Although opal contains many colors within one gemstone, tourmaline is usually found with singular color, though available in many colors.
It’s easy to understand why people so easily confuse tourmaline with other gems: Very few gems match tourmaline’s dazzling range of colors. From rich reds to pastel pinks and peach colors, intense emerald greens to vivid yellows and deep blues, the breadth of this gem’s color range is unrivaled. Brazilian discoveries in the 1980s and 1990s heightened tourmaline’s appeal by bringing intense new hues to the marketplace.
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