October Birthstone Spotlight: Opal and Tourmaline
October has two birthstones; opal and tourmaline. Opal is the traditional birthstone for October and tourmaline is the modern one.
Opal and Diamond Accent Pendant | $2,495
This eye-catching necklace by R.F. Moeller Designs is crafted from 14k rose gold and features a pear shaped opal and a subtle diamond accent. A 14k white gold cable chain is also included.
Opal, Green Tourmaline, and Diamond Pendant | $13,175
This intricate necklace by Spark Creations is crafted from 18k white and yellow gold and features a 11.31ct opal, a 8.24ct green tourmaline, and 1.03 total carats of diamonds.
Classic Chain Black Sapphire and Pink Tourmaline Bracelet | $850
This bracelet by John Hardy is crafted from sterling silver.
Opal and Tourmaline Background
Numerous ancient myths and legends have surrounded opal. One of the beliefs is that opal can keep the color of blonde hair intact, while Arabic legends claim that it falls from the sky in flashes of lightning. 95% of the world’s opal supply can be found in Australia, dating as far back as the 1850s. One stand-out feature that this gemstone is known for is its shifting rainbow hues, known as “play-of-color”.
For centuries, tourmaline has been mistaken for ruby. Even the gemstones believed to be rubies in the Russian Crown Jewels were actually misidentified rubellite tourmalines. Tourmaline is known for having one of the widest color ranges among all gemstones. Like opals, tourmalines have their own myths associated with them. One example is the ancient Egyptian belief that tourmalines acquired their color by breaking through a rainbow while making their way up through the earth.
Shop Opal and Tourmaline Jewelry at R.F. Moeller Jeweler:
Classic Chain Pink Tourmaline Pull Through Bracelet$995.00
SKU: 464204View Details Drop a Hint
Free Form Opal and Diamond Ring$950.00
SKU: 386967View Details Drop a Hint
Moon Door Pink Tourmaline Pendant$1,195.00
SKU: 454737View Details Drop a Hint
Opal and Diamond Halo Earrings$1,425.00
SKU: 163165View Details Drop a Hint
Opal and Diamond Halo Pendant$1,295.00
SKU: 133513View Details Drop a Hint
Oval Nigerian Rubellite Tourmaline Ring$1,895.00
SKU: 051580View Details Drop a Hint