YOUR STORY - Opal & Tourmaline: birthstone October

Those born in October enjoy two beautiful birthstones to commemorate their birthdays – opal and tourmaline. As opal is the traditional birthstone for October, tourmaline the more modern one. 



The name of the more traditional October birthstone originates in India, where in Sanskrit it was called upala, translated as precious stone. In ancient Rome, this became opalus. Opals are known for their fascinating colour play. 

The October birthstone’s dramatic play-of-colour has inspired writers to compare it to galaxies, aurora borealis, fireworks, and volcanoes. Nomads even once believed opal fell from the sky during thunderstorms as a product of lightning. 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 even believed to embody the powers and virtues of all coloured stones. Opal is also the gemstone given to celebrate the 14th wedding anniversary.



Tourmaline is the newer October birthstone. The name derives from the Sinhalese word toramalli, which means “stone with mixed colours”. Very few gems match tourmaline’s radiant array of colours. Perhaps that is why ancient mystics believed tourmaline, with its colour palette for every mood, could inspire artistic expression. Quite popular are the pink and red rubellites, the emerald green, and the neon green and blue-to-violet tourmalines.

Colours tourmaline

Because of its vast range of colours, tourmaline is often mistaken for other gemstones. One of the “rubies” in the Russian crown jewels for example, is actually a red rubellite tourmaline. This and other cases of mistaken identity continued for centuries until scientists recognised tourmaline as a distinct mineral species in the 1800s.

Different colours of tourmaline are believed to have their own healing properties. Black tourmaline, for example, protects the wearer and gives a sense of self-esteem. Pink tourmaline embodies love and is associated with compassion and gentleness. Green tourmaline on the other hand, promotes courage, strength and stamina. Tourmaline is traditionally gifted to celebrate the eighth wedding anniversary. Check out the different colors on our website! 

Now that you know a little bit more about these two October birthstones you just might be inspired to add them to your collection! Both birthstones have endless colour combinations and beautiful colouring characteristics.

A perfect gift (not only) for those born in the tenth month.