Opal and Pink Tourmaline
Those born in October have both a modern and traditional birthstone. October features both opals (traditional) as well as pink tourmaline (modern).
Opal’s name originates from the Greek word opallios which means “to see a change in color.” The rainbow of colors seen in opals come from its composition of microscopic silica spheres diffracting light to display the colors of the rainbow. Not all opals have this rainbow of colors – those that do are called “precious opals” and those that do not are “common opals.” Opals are a more delicate gem and should be stored away from high temperatures and low humidity. They scratch easily, so placement in a padded cloth bag helps to keep them safe.
Tourmaline comes in many colors and its name comes from the Sinhalese words tura mali which mean “stone of mixed colors.” No two tourmaline gemstones are alike, so it is really a one of kind gift. Pink tourmaline is associated with compassion and gentleness and embodies love. It is also the gift for the eighth wedding anniversary.
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