The Birthstone Bulletin: October's Opal and Tourmaline

September 30, 2016

The Birthstone Bulletin October's Opal and Tourmaline

October babies are a lucky bunch because they have TWO beautiful, yet very different birthstones to choose from: opal and tourmaline! 

Colorful Tourmaline

Tourmaline is an incredible gemstone—it is available in a vast array of colors, so there's sure to be one everyone loves! It also has the unique trait of displaying several colors in the same stone; these gems are known as bi-color or tri-color and come in many combinations. In fact, ancient legend states that tourmaline is the stone of many colors because of its travels along rainbows where it captured the rainbows’ many gorgeous colors.

Tourmaline is a crystalline boron silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. It is found in many places including Brazil, Afghanistan, Eastern Africa, and the good ole USA!

Here are some of my favorite pink tourmaline birthstone rings:

October Birthstone Pink Tourmaline Ring Pink Tourmaline October Birthstone Ring  Pink Tourmaline October Birthstone Ring


Flashy Opal

The word opalcomes from the Greek Opalloswhich means "to see a change" which aptly describes the color play you see in an opal gemstone. Opals come in a variety of colors from milky white to black but also have flecks or flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue which gives them an incredible radiance.

Opal is a formed from non-crystalline silica gel that has seeped into crevices in the sedimentary strata. Thanks to time and nature's heating and molding processes, this gel hardens into opals!

Here's a super fun fact about opals: In 2008, NASA announced the discovery of opal deposits on Mars! And you August babies thought you were the only ones who were out of this world!

Here are some of my favorite opal jewelry pieces...

October Birthstone Opal Ring October Birthstone Opal Necklace October Birthstone Opal Earrings


We're honored that Mullen Bros. Jewelers ranks #1 in overall customer ratings among all jewelry retailers in our community and we will continue to take care of our neighbors and friends, one jewel at a time! 

The Birthstone Bulletin October's Opal and Tourmaline

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