Tourmaline and Opal are Two Amazing Options for October's Birthstone

For those born in October both tourmaline and opal are beautiful choices. 

Tourmaline's popularity has continued to increase in recent years, making it a new favorite for jewelry designers. Tourmaline's intense hues ranging from blue, green, red, pink and yellow also make it a favorite of gemstone collectors. Tourmaline has the exciting and unique trait of displaying multiple colors within the same gemstone. Watermelon tourmaline is a mesmerizing display of a pink and green combined in the same stone. Tourmaline is mined worldwide in countries such as Brazil, East Africa, and Madagascar. In the United States tourmaline has been mined in Montana, Oregon, Maine and California.


We recently completed a wonderful custom made pendant featuring a side cut of slab watermelon tourmaline. This was made for one of my dear friend's anniversary and Marsha did a magnificent job custom crafting a piece to accentuate the stone's beauty.

Custom made watermelon tourmaline pendant

Custom made watermelon tourmaline pendant

Opals are one of my favorite gemstones. The fascination of the fireworks of multiple colors in one stone has always intrigued me. It seems that as soon as we make a beautiful opal piece of jewelry, my clients appreciate the beauty and the piece sells immediately. Opals range in color from a milky white to "black opal" which has flecks of multiple colors such as yellow, orange, red, green, and blue. Most fine opals are mined in Australia with some coming Mexico, Brazil, and the West Coast of the United States. The most valuable of all opals are black opals, followed by boulder opals, then white opals.

Whether it be tourmaline or opal either choice would make a magnificent gift for an October birthday. Come see us at Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler to pick a unique gemstone and have a one and only custom piece of jewelry made for your loved one.