Opal and Tourmaline: October's Birthstones Unveiled - Colors, Healing Properties, and History

Opal and Tourmaline: October's Birthstones Unveiled - Colors, Healing Properties, and History

Pretty in pink. October is the month of the birthstones of opal and tourmaline, two stones that both can be found in the most stunning pink hues. Read the blog below to learn more about the properties of these two magnificent gems.


Pearl and pink opal and tourmaline bracelet

Opal: The Enigmatic Gemstone

Opal, the radiant birthstone of October, has captivated hearts and inspired awe for centuries. With its kaleidoscope of colors and mystical allure, opal is truly a gemstone unlike any other. In this blog I will tell you about the fascinating world of opal, unveiling its remarkable qualities, rich history, and where it can be found.


pretty in pink opal necklace

The Alluring Colours of Opal

One of the most enchanting features of opal is its play-of-color, a mesmerizing display of spectral hues that dance across the stone's surface. Opal's play-of-color is the result of light interacting with tiny silica spheres within the gem.

The spectral display can include shades of red, blue, green, orange, and more, making opal a gem of endless variety. `

In my designs though, I mostly work with milky pink Peruvian opals, as I think these stones are a great match with my minimalist Scandinavian design universe.

Healing Properties of Opal

Beyond its aesthetic beauty, opal is believed to possess healing properties and metaphysical significance. It is said to enhance one's creativity, imagination, and inspiration. Opal is considered a stone of emotional balance, promoting harmony and helping individuals express their true selves.

Not to shabby for a little gorgeous gem.

A Glimpse into History

The name "opal" is derived from the Greek word "opallios," meaning "to see a change of color." Opals have been treasured for thousands of years. The ancient Romans adored opals and believed they symbolized hope and purity.


Make a wish pink opal necklace layered with RAW pendant necklaces in gold vermeil 

Global Origins

Opals are found in various regions worldwide, with prominent sources including Australia, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Brazil. Australia, particularly the Coober Pedy and Lightning Ridge areas, is renowned for producing some of the finest opals on Earth. Pink opals, as stated above is mostly found in Peru.


Freshwater pearl wrap set with pink opal, spinel and garnet gemstones as well as gold beads

Famous Opal Jewelry Pieces

Opal's unique charm has adorned many famous jewelry pieces throughout history. The "Andamooka Opal" is one such notable gem, a stunning, multi-colored opal discovered in Australia. The "Empress Joséphine Tiara" features opals and is part of the French Crown Jewels.

Now, let's take a look at the other gemstone of October, tourmaline:

 Pink tourmaline and freshwater pearl necklace modelled

Tourmaline: Nature's Palette of Colors

Tourmaline, the other radiant birthstone of October, is celebrated for its kaleidoscope of colors and exceptional beauty. A gemstone cherished for its diversity, tourmaline possesses a fascinating history and global presence.


Freshwater pearl choker with tourmaline, handmade in the UK, a seriously cheeky, chic and summerlicious design

The Spectrum of Colours

One of the defining characteristics of tourmaline is its remarkable range of colours. From vivid pinks and deep blues to lush greens and fiery reds, tourmaline displays an astounding array of hues. This incredible variety makes it a favourite among gem enthusiasts and jewellery designers.

All the stunning colours of tourmaline can be found in the RAW Tivoli Necklace, where all the colours beautifully compliment the freshwater pearls.

Healing Properties of Tourmaline

Tourmaline is believed to possess a range of healing properties. Different colors of tourmaline are associated with various metaphysical properties.

For instance, pink tourmaline is often linked to matters of the heart, promoting love and emotional healing.

Black tourmaline is said to offer protection from negative energies.


A Glance at History

The name "tourmaline" is thought to come from the Sinhalese word "turmali," which means "mixed." This name aptly describes tourmaline's multicolored nature. Throughout history, various cultures have attributed unique properties and symbolism to tourmaline.


Global Origin

Tourmaline can be found in numerous locations worldwide, including Brazil, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and the United States.

Some of the most prized tourmaline varieties, such as Paraíba tourmaline, originate from Brazil.

Bracelet stack modelled with freshwater pearls and gemstones including tourmaline

Famous Tourmaline Jewellery Pieces

Tourmaline's beauty has graced countless jewelry creations. The "Empress Dowager Cixi Necklace," featuring a large pink tourmaline, is a renowned historical piece. More recently, the "Black Prince's Ruby" in the British Imperial State Crown is actually a red tourmaline.

Embrace the Magic of Opal and Tourmaline

In conclusion, opal and tourmaline are gemstones of enchantment and intrigue. Their captivating colours, unique healing properties, and rich histories make them cherished treasures in the world of gemmology.


Whether adorning royal crowns or adorning everyday jewellery, these gemstones continue to dazzle and inspire.


If you want to learn more about birthstones, then check our the RAW Birthstone Guide, which you can download here.


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