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Discover the Birthstones of October

Discover the Birthstones of October

 

This month I’m doing a brief overview of the gems that celebrate the birth month of October.  The norm is to focus on the faceted gemstone to represent each month, however I feel the cabochon of the month should be spoken of here.  The reason for this is because it is very popular and a stone so many jewelry lovers adore.

Opal

 

 

 

Opal is the cabochon birthstone for October.  Usually cabochons are not focused on when we think of birthstones, however opals tend to be the exception.  Cabochons have a flat back and are polished for a smooth surface (many times domed) and at times could have many sides.  One of the main reasons for opal being noted so often as a birthstone is each one is one-of-a-kind and absolutely gorgeous.  Opals make me think of a galaxy and there are those that showcase the many colors our oceans have to offer.  They are known to have a play-of-color or iridescence as well as those with blues, greens, and whites that offer those ocean colors.  While located in different areas throughout the world, Australia is the predominant source for opals.  In fact, opal is the national gemstone of Australia.  In many cultures opal is a symbol of hope, purity, and truth.

 

Tourmaline

 

 

 

Tourmaline is the faceted gemstone for October. While it does come in a variety of colors, the most popular colors are pink to pinkish-red and green to green-blue.  When I started being an exhibitor at shows I was amazed by how many people gravitated towards it, in particular the watermelon tourmaline.  Not all tourmaline is faceted.  It is common for tourmaline to be set in jewelry as a rough stone as well as a cabochon.  Many people tend to confuse tourmaline for other types of gemstones. One example of this would be with ruby. The majority of tourmaline comes from Brazil. In the United States production of fine tourmaline has taken place in both California and Maine. The color of tourmaline has been known to determine its meaning, from love and courage to stability and strength.

 

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