17 Oct October Birthstones
Happy birthday, October babies! You have two birthstone options this month – opal and tourmaline. Learn more about the history and legend of each of these stones with a few fun facts:
Interesting Opal Facts
- Historically, opals were included in crowns and other royal jewelry as the glittering orbs were thought to protect the ruler who wore them.
- In 2008, opals were found on Mars! This discovery helped support NASA’s theory that life once existed on mars, as opals are created with water.
- In Australian aboriginal legend, the opal was born when the creator of the earth stepped down at the base of a rainbow, in order to bring peace and balance to the people below.
- Unlike other precious stones, an opal is judged primarily for its brilliance, color and clarity, rather than its size.
- In addition to October birthdays, opals are the gemstone associated with wedding anniversaries for the 14th and 18th years of marriage.
Interesting Tourmaline Facts
- The word “tourmaline” comes from the Sri Lankan word meaning “mixed colors,” indicative of the stone’s multi-colored appearance.
- The Egyptians coveted tourmaline for its supposed healing powers. Today, it is still said to promote health and creative expression in the wearer.
- Tourmaline can be found worldwide. In the United States, tourmaline has been discovered in Maine, California and North Carolina.
- Tourmaline is the traditional stone given for an 8th anniversary gift.
- One colorful iteration of tourmaline is known as the watermelon gemstone – this occurs in a particular color pattern of the stone, where it appears to be green on the outer edges, and pink on the inside.
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