October’s Birthstones: Opal & Tourmaline

A Tale of Two Birthstones

It’s true, October babies have the pleasure of choosing their own birthstone. This dates back to 1952, when the National Association of Jewelers decided to create a list of accepted birthstones for each month. Opal was the original birthstone of October…that is until it started an uproar of being seen as too feminine in appearance so the association decided to add Tourmaline into the mix.

The origin of the name Opal is derived from the Latin word “opalus” which means a stone. Opals are created in volcanic rocks as well as cracks and cavities. Rain plays a huge part in the beautiful color(s) you typically see in Opals. As water runs down the earth and evaporates, it leaves behind silica that dries out and creates Opals. In ancient beliefs, when Opal is worn, it’s believed to encourage freedom and independence.

Tourmaline comes in many colors: blue, green, orange, pink, purple, red, yellow, brown and even colorless! The name Tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese (Sri Lanka) word Tura Mali which translates as the stone of mixed colors. Ancient legend says that Tourmaline is found in all colors because it traveled along a rainbow and gathered all of its colors. When worn, it’s healing properties are believed to promote inspiration and happiness, reduce fear, and build self-confidence.

At Beadworks, we carry an abundance of both Tourmaline & Opal. We have an array of colors, sizes, and shapes. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions as we are always happy to help!