Birthstones endure through history. They link us to important parts of society, such as religion or custom. Modern times match these ideas too. Over the years, these special stones have come to reflect current tastes, thoughts, and trends. Join us as we look at the October birthstone, opal, and tourmaline, the alternate.

“October’s child is born for woe,

And life’s vicissitudes must know;

But lay an Opal on her breast,

And hope will lull those woes to rest.”

  -Traditional Birthstone Poem

The Modern October Birthstones

Opal and tourmaline are the modern birthstones for October. Either gemstone is a treat! Both are available in an incredible selection of color. They provide you with tantalizing options for October birthstone jewelry.

Opal: The Tears of the Divine

We love opal for its play-of-color. It traces its roots from the Greek opallios, meaning “to see a change of color.” Many stones display an incredible play-of-color across their surface. They enchant with the myriad of colors they show. 

Welo Opal cross pendant on black surface.

Opal is a modern October birthstone.

Also known as “Queen of Gems,” no two opals are alike. Several factors determine its value. Factors include type, color, and Many varieties have distinct characteristics. 

Tourmaline: For a Colorful Personality

Tourmaline is an excellent option for those with colorful and outspoken personalities! Like opal, tourmaline also appears in a dizzying selection. 

Pink tourmaline October birthstone ring.

Pink tourmaline is the alternative October birthstone.

However, the available colors are even brighter and great when you simply must make a statement. Paraiba tourmaline is perhaps the most famous example of this stone. It possesses an electric blue to green color.

Even black tourmaline is a standout gem. They show vibrant color and vitreous luster, gleaming like a slick of oil.

The Historical October Birthstone

Opal, as an October birthstone, dates to at least the 15th century. Tourmaline, however, was selected as an October birthstone in the early 1900s. Before this, aquamarine was the birthstone for the month. Today, aquamarine is the modern March birthstone.

Aquamarine ring in sterling silver.

Aquamarine is a historical birthstone for October.

Aquamarine is famous for its color. The best examples show the depth of fresh blue seawater. Like a rising tide, this color deepens as the stone grows larger.

October Birthstone Quick Facts

  • Opal and tourmaline are modern October birthstones.
  • The British use opal as a birthstone, but not tourmaline.
  • Libra (9/23-10/23) enjoy chrysolite as their stone.
  • Scorpio (10/24-11/21) favor beryl as a birthstone.
  • Aquamarine is a historic October birthstone.

Which Birthstone is for Me?

Many believe wearing birthstones bring luck. They are an excellent gift for jewelry lovers. Whether you prefer classic or modern, birthstones are a unique way to tell a story about yourself. 

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