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Legendary October Birthstones: Tourmaline and Opal Myths

Legendary October Birthstones: Tourmaline and Opal Myths

The October Birthstones,Tourmaline and Opal are set apart from other birthstones by their dazzling rainbow colors. Rubies, amethysts, emeralds; all of these stones have intense and gorgeous color, but none of them have the diversity of the October birthstones. Perhaps because of their unique coloration, opals and tourmalines are surrounded by myth, superstition, and folklore.
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Tourmaline

Tourmaline is a stone that can be found in every color of the rainbow, and is often found with multiple colors. According to one Egyptian legend, the tourmaline passed over a rainbow as it made its way up from the center of the earth, and took on all the colors for itself. Another legend states that magicians in the Andes mountains crafted magical staffs of tourmaline which contained ancient knowledge of the world.

Because of its mystical colors, common folklore surrounding the tourmaline includes its ability to cure depression, attract friends and lovers, and inspire creativity.

Opal

Because of its glittering and magical appearance, opals have garnered hundreds of legends and myths to explain their creation. Arabic legends tell of opals being born from flashes of lightning, the Greeks believed them to be the tears of Zeus, and in a legend of India the goddess of the rainbow was turned into the stone which became the opal. Australia, the homeland of the opal, has many legends of its own as well, one of the more famous stating that opals sprang from the earth at the touch of the Creator's footsteps. One aboriginal legend even credits the opal with the creation of fire; according to this story, a pelican came upon a field of glittering opals and, being curious, began to peck at them. As he pecked, the fiery stones sparked to life and a fire spread for the first time.

Opals were thought to ward off disease and protect the wearer from evil; in medieval times, blond woman even believed that the stones would preserve the color of their hair. 

Opals and tourmalines may not have magical powers, but one thing is for sure; these colorful stones are as unique as they are beautiful. October may be over, but these magnificent gemstones never go out of season. To find the best of opal or tourmaline jewelry, contact us.

 

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October's Birthstone: Opal, The Fiery Gemstone

October - opal gemstoneOpals are the traditional October birthstone. Because each opal is unique in appearance, jewelry pieces featuring opal gemstones are both beautiful and one of a kind. Opals range in color from milky white to deepest blue, punctuated with flashes of every color in the rainbow. Opals display as much fire as diamonds but with dramatic differences. While diamonds seem to radiate cold brilliance, opals emanate warmth and color.

People have admired the beauty of opals for many millennia. According to the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA), the Australian aborigines have a legend about opals:

... which can be traced back in its origins to a time long before our memory, to the ancient dream-time of the Australian aborigines. It is reported in their legends that the creator came down to Earth on a rainbow, in order to bring the message of peace to all the humans. And at the very spot, where his foot touched the ground, the stones became alive and started sparkling in all the colors of the rainbow. That was the birth of the Opals.

 The word opal most likely comes to us by way of a Sanskrit word meaning "valuable stone", which is the probable root of the Latin "opalus". Pliny the Elder referred to opals in his writings, describing them in part as being:

Made up of the glories of the most precious gems, to describe it is a matter of inexpressible difficulty: there is in it the gentler fire of the Ruby, there is the brilliant purple of the Amethyst, there is the sea-green of the Emerald, all shining together in an incredible union...

During the Middle Ages, people wore opals for good luck. Plus, blonde women believed opals would protect their hair color and they were also thought to improve vision. And although some people believe opals bring bad luck, this is a relatively recent superstition with roots only going back as far as the 1831 novel Anne of Geierstein by Sir Walter Scott. For most of history, opals have been cherished for their fiery appearance and rare beauty. Today, opals are considered precious gemstones, and a piece of jewelry fashioned from this radiant stone is a treasure to last a lifetime.

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