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Roger Weller, geology instructor
by Bertha Hernandez
Ever wonder why so many people wear colorful gemstones jewelry around their necks or in their fingers? “The idea of birthstones-a gemstone assigned to each month of the year is thought to be an ancient one, and scholars trace it back to the Breastplate of Aaron that was described in the book of Exodus in the bible” (The history of Birthstones). Just like jewelry birthstones have been around for a very long time. “The idea of each person always wearing a gemstone corresponding to the month of their birth is distinctly modern idea that scholars trace to 18th century Poland, with the arrival of Jewish gem traders to the region” (The History of Birthstones).
What is Opal?
October birthstone not only has one but two birthstones. The birthstones for October are opal and tourmaline. The opal birthstone is very beautiful. It is not just one solid color like many other birthstones. It is very unique because of its rainbow color. The uniqueness of this birthstone makes it more popular than the tourmaline. “The crystal Opal is transparent with a bright spectrum of colors, while the fire opal is translucent with bold hues of yellow, orange, and red” (Birthstone Zodiac). The opal birthstone is very eye catching and beautiful. The opal birthstone has been around for a very long time. “Some records indicate that opal may have been discovered in parts of Northern Africa in 4000 B.C.” (October Birthstones: Opal and Tourmaline).
The characteristics of
Tourmaline is the second birthstone of October. People that are not born in the month of October aren’t aware that there are two birth stone for this month. “Tourmalines are a relatively recent discovery” (Birthstone Zodiac). If someone is on the search for an October birthstone like opal, and if it’s not available they have the option to purchase a tourmaline birthstone instead. They are both beautiful birthstones even though both are very different in color. “Tourmaline display a wide spectrum of colors from yellow, blue, pink, red, green, black, band brown” (Birthstone Zodiac). Tourmaline is not just one solid color there are many gemstone colors that are considered to be Tourmaline. Thanks to the variety of colors available the buyer will have plenty of choices.
What to do with Birthstones?
Many people wear their birthstones in a gold or sterling silver necklace, while others also wear their birthstone in a sterling silver, gold or white gold ring. They are so many different types of jewelry where they can add any birthstone to it. For example, earrings, toe rings and bracelets. Other interesting pieces are body jewelry, for example, belly rings and even watches can have birthstones engraved on them.
Symbols and Meanings about October Birthstones
don’t just purchase these birthstones because of the birthstone color. Yes, the
colors on these birthstones are amazing. For many years, birthstones have had a
special symbol behind them. “The Opal was a symbol of and hope to the ancient
Romans” (Birthstone Zodiac). Tourmaline as the Opal birthstone also had its own
unique symbol. “Tourmaline is known as the ‘Peace Stone’ “(Birthstone Zodiac).
very special and important to people because of what they mean. Many people in
their families have different believes regarding the birthstones. Some people
think that tourmaline will help get rid of negative vibes and toxic people.
The Value of Opal and
have different values
“Similar to colored diamonds, opals with higher color intensity are far more
and Opal Birthstone - October Birthstones).
The value on the birthstones
ranges vary. For example, the size, shape, color all make a significant
difference on the price. Like for the tourmaline the color makes a huge
difference on how much is going to be worth. “The pink and green stones are less
expensive as they are easily available while the neon-blue stones, knows as
‘Paraiba’ are expensive as they are rare” (Birthstone Zodiac).
Where can you find the October birthstones?
Work cited pages
The History of Birthstones
October Birthstones: Opal and Tourmaline
Tourmaline and Opal Birthstone - October Birthstones