October Birthstones - Two Vibrant Choices

If you are born in October, you have the luxury of picking between two beautiful birthstones – Tourmaline and Opal.

Tourmaline comes in a wide variety of colors and some stones display multiple colors within the same gem. This variety of color makes it a great choice to suit the different tastes of many different personalities.

Traces of iron and titanium are thought to create the green and blue appearance of some stones, while manganese likely creates reds and pinks. Tourmaline can often be found alongside rubies, sapphires and peridots in some locations. In the days of Spanish conquistadors tourmaline was often confused with emeralds or sapphires if a particularly vibrant green or blue stone was found. Tourmaline is mined in Madagascar, Afghanistan, Brazil, East Africa, and in the United  States - California and Maine.

Both of the following gemstones are available for sale at Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler. 

Natural pear shaped pink tourmaline  weighing 3.23 carats  

Natural pear shaped pink tourmaline  weighing 3.23 carats

 

Stair cut green tourmaline weighing 2.62 carats

Stair cut green tourmaline weighing 2.62 carats

Opals are a fascinating gem often mined in Australia and some desert locations in the United States such as Nevada and New Mexico. The most popular opals are mainly black or white with ripples of yellow, orange, green, red, or blue. The main feature of opals is called ‘play of color’. Just as it sounds, 'play of color' describes the mix of colors a single gem can present when viewed. The mixture of colors found in opals can resemble exciting images such as fireworks or lightening. Ancient Romans loved opals because they could contain all the colors of other gemstones within just one stone and used the gem to symbolize love and hope.

The GIA recognizes five types of opals: white, black, fire, boulder, and crystal.

Black opal from the Lighting Ridge Mine in custom made mounting.

Black opal from the Lighting Ridge Mine in custom made mounting.

Over the years we have used both tourmaline and opal in many custom crafted pieces of jewelry.  Come in to Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler and pick your gemstone to create your next heirloom piece of jewelry.