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October birthstone collection.

Those born in October enjoy two spectacular birthstones to commemorate their birthdays – opal and tourmaline. Both October birthstones have endless color combinations and beautiful coloring characteristics. Learn more about these two October birthstones and discover the perfect gift for those born in the tenth month.

OPAL BIRTHSTONE MEANING & HISTORY

The name of this, the traditional October birthstone, is believed to have originated in India (the source of the first opals brought to the Western world), where in Sanskrit it was called upala, a “precious stone." .” In ancient Rome, this became opalus. Most opals are valued for their shifting colors in rainbow hues – a phenomenon known as “play-of-color.”

The October birthstone’s dramatic play-of-color has inspired writers to compare it to fireworks, galaxies and volcanoes. Bedouins  once believed opal held lightning and fell from the sky during thunderstorms. 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 believed to embody the virtues and powers of all colored stones.

Opal is also the stone given to celebrate the 14th wedding anniversary.

TOURMALINE BIRTHSTONE MEANING & HISTORY

Tourmaline is the newer October birthstone. The name comes from the Sinhalese word toramalli, which means “stone with mixed colors,” because it often has multiple colors in one crystal. Very few gems match tourmaline’s dazzling array of colors. Perhaps this is why ancient mystics believed this October birthstone could inspire artistic expression – it has a color palette for every mood. Among the most popular are the pink and red rubellites, the emerald green “chrome” tourmalines, and the neon green and blue-to-violet “paraíba” tourmalines. 

Because of its vast range of colors, tourmaline was often mistaken for other gemstones  One of the “rubies” in the Russian crown jewels, the “Caesar’s Ruby” pendant, is actually red (rubellite) tourmaline. A Spanish conquistador found green tourmaline crystals in Brazil in the 1500s and confused the stones with emerald. These and other cases of mistaken identity continued for centuries until scientists recognized tourmaline as a distinct mineral species in the 1800s.

Different colors of tourmaline are thought to have their own healing properties. Black tourmaline is believed to protect the wearer and give a sense of self-confidence. Pink tourmaline embodies love and is associated with compassion and gentleness. Green tourmaline promotes courage, strength and stamina. Tourmaline is given to celebrate the eighth wedding anniversary.

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    Green tourmaline and diamond 14kw halo ring

    The natural green tourmaline in this 14 karat white gold halo diamond mounting has fair intensity in a dark green hue. The round tourmaline weighs ...

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    Opal bezel set twist rim 14ky stud earrings

    14 karat yellow gold bezel set, twisted wire rim,  8 x 6 mm white opal pierced stud earrings secured with post and friction backs.

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    Opal bezel set twist rim sm.14ky stud earrings

    14 karat yellow gold bezel set twisted wire rim 6 X 4 mm opal pierced stud earrings secured with post and friction backs.

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    Floating opals 14ky gold lever back earrings

    Floating opals are suspended in a clear ball at the tip of a filigree cap and connected to 14 karat yellow gold pierced lever back earrings. With a...

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    Opal and spinel 14k/10k yellow gold necklace

    White opals are framed by vibrant pink/purple spinels in this gorgeous necklace. The 5 opals have a total weight of approximately 5+ carats and dis...

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    Natural white opal 14ky gold ring

    This triangular cabochon shaped natural white opal is bezel set in a 14 karat yellow gold mounting. The custom made mounting has a 3 mm wide shank ...

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    7m round opal 14ky gold stud earrings

    Exquisite Ethiopian opals ae spectacular in their play of color. They radiate blues, greens, yellows, reds and oranges. The 7 mm round cabochon opa...

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    Vintage opal and diamond 14ky gold scroll ring

    This substantial 14 karat yellow gold mounting features a 1.25 carat oval crystal opal. The opal displays blue and green colors with play of purple...

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    5m Opal triplet 14kw gold studs

    A pair of round triplet opals are set in 14 karat white gold bezel stud earrings, making them prong free and well protected. They are 5 mm in size ...

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    1.28ct Black opal diamond halo14kw gold ring

    The vibrance of this natural black opal radiates throughout,  displaying the black background with subtle play of red, blue, green and orange. The ...

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    9.63ct Pear shape opal with diamonds 14ky gold pendant

    The play of color in this exquisite 9.63 carat pear shaped opal has to be seen to be believed. Greens, blues, orange, yellow, red and violet all ap...

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    5ct opal and diamond rustic 14ky gold ring

    This amazing natural crystal opal is enhanced (and protected!) by a rustic 14 karat yellow gold mounting reminiscent of coral branches.  The large ...

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    Opal butterfly 14ky pendant

    This nicely detailed estate opal butterfly pendant in 14 karat yellow gold has an oval opal in the center with 3 additional round opals on each win...

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    Opal cluster 18ky gold ring

    Six white oval natural opals are the focal point of this estate double bypass style 18 karat yellow gold ring. Four of the opals are set side by si...

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    Trillion opal 10ky gold earrings

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    1.80ctw 6m pink tourmaline 14kw studs

    14 karat white gold 1.80 carats total weight, 6 mm, round natural pink tourmaline stud earrings set in rhodium finished double gallery mountings wi...

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    Opal 14ky gold stud earrings

    Small oval shaped 6 X 4 mm white opals are bezel set in 14 karat yellow gold stud earrings, secured with post and friction back. 

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    Floating opal 14kw gold drop earrings

    8 mm floating opal 14 karat white gold drop earrings secured with an ear post and friction back.

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    Opal inlay bypass 14ky gold ring

    An estate bypass design ring with natural opal inlay, this narrow split shank design contains 2 long rectangular pieces of opal, each side, set and...

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    Opal and diamond halo 14ky ring

    A 14 karat yellow gold estate tapered band, this ring holds a 7.5 mm long X 4.5 mm wide crystal opal encircled by 12 single cut I1 clarity round di...

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    4.5ctw Three stone crystal opal diamond 14ky ring

    A statement ring, this estate 14 karat yellow gold, wide (13 mm) band, features 3 crystal opals, with the center opal measuring approximately 10 mm...

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    .56ct Tanzanite and opal inlay 14ky gold ring

    This contemporary 14 karat yellow gold estate ring features a center periwinkle color  marquise shaped tanzanite highlighted by an opal inlay band....

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    3.5ct Oval bezel set opal contemporary 14ky ring

    An amazing estate 14 karat yellow gold contemporary opal ring.  The translucent oval crystal opal measures 12 mm in length X 8 mm in width X 4.2 mm...

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    .95ct Marquise pink tourmaline and diamond 14ky gold ring

    A contemporary 14 karat yellow gold estate ring featuring a brilliant marquise shaped pink tourmaline, graced on either side by 4 small round brill...

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