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October Birthstone: Tourmaline & Opal

Birthstones are specific gemstones that are believed to be aligned with the energies of a particular month. These stones, when used by people born in that particular month, can offer an array of benefits. While most months have one birthstone, October has two birthstones - Opal and Tourmaline.

October Birthstone - Opal
The word Opal has its origins in the Sanskrit word, 'Upala,' which means jewel or precious stone. One of the rare aspects of the Opal birthstone is that it is white in colour and reflects all the colours of the rainbow. While most birthstones have iconic colours such as blue sapphires and red rubies, the white opal is believed to possess properties of all coloured gemstones due to its ability to reflect all of them under different lighting conditions.

October Birthstone - Tourmaline
The name tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese word 'toramalli' which means stones of colours or colourful stone. This is because tourmalines are found in a variety of colours with some stones having multiple shades when looked at from different angles. As per legends, the tourmaline birthstone crossed a rainbow and absorbed all its colours, making it one of the most colour-diverse gemstones in the world.

Both the October birthstones share a commonality in their diversity of colours. Typically, a white opal and pink or green tourmaline are suited for an October-born. When deciding which stone suits, you best, you can choose the one that you are most attracted to or one that is recommended for you based on your current phase of life.

History and Mythology Associated With October Birthstones

Opal
This stunning October gemstone Opal was believed to originate in India and used to be one of the most precious stones. Their colouring also served as a symbol of peace and hope during ancient times. The Bedouin tribes believed that opals had a celestial element and possessed energy of lightning bolts that struck the earth during storms. It was believed that Opals blesses the wearer with good health and protection against poisoning and infections. Some tribes also believed that a change in the stone's colour indicated a change in health. Ancient Greeks believed the opals offered the gift of clairvoyance & prophecy while the Romans believed it brought in wealth and good fortune.

Tourmaline
The tourmaline birthstone is relatively new and hence is not as rich in mythology as other gemstones. For the longest time, this gemstone was confused with other stones of similar colours, mostly rubies and emeralds. It was only in the 1800s that scientists officially classified tourmaline as a distinct stone.

The range of colours of this October stone was believed to inspire creativity and encourage artistic expression. It was believed to connect one with the ancient wisdom of the Universe and was used in Indian ceremonies for strengthening, enlightenment and finding wisdom in times of turmoil.

Tourmalines were also believed to be able to protect against evil, strengthen the body, and enhance intuition. It was associated with reducing depression, improving self-confidence, encouraging communication, and warding away negative energies.

Colours Associated With October Birthstones

Both opal and tourmaline are characterised by their diverse array of colours. Therefore October is often associated with a multitude of colours and rainbow hues. However, the colours typically associated with October are white opal and pink or green tourmaline.

Opal
The milky white colour of the opal reflects the colours of the rainbow based on the angle it is viewed from and the lighting conditions. Because of this feature, it is believed to possess the colour characteristics of the entire rainbow spectrum. It is often associated with celestial energy and is believed to bring in peace and calm to the wearer.

Tourmaline
The pink and green tourmalines are commonly associated with the month of October. While different colours of this gemstone are believed to possess different healing characteristics, these two colours are often associated with healing, growth, and compassion. For this reason, tourmaline is also often associated with the heart chakra. These soothing colours can help calm the mind and enhance feelings of love and compassion,

Where are October Birthstones Found?

Opal
Australia and Ethiopia are the most prominent sources for opals. Black opal, which is one of the more valuable stones, is found largely in Australia. Other locations include Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua, Turkey, and CzechRepublic.

Tourmaline
Brazil has been the primary hub for this October gemstone for centuries. The presence of different minerals gives tourmalines their diverse colour range. These days, tourmalines are found in various locations such as Afghanistan,Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, and the United States, each offering this gemstone a unique color variety.

Characteristics of the July Birthstone

Opal
The shimmering white Opal birthstone is associated with light and magic. It symbolises hope, purity, calmness, and compassion. Wearing the opal gemstone can instil feelings of hope and compassion while uplifting the spirit withfeelings of hope.

Tourmaline
Every tourmaline is believed to possess different characteristics based on its colour. One of the most popular specimens, the black tourmaline is believed to possess excellent protection properties. However, the pink and green coloured stones are said to promote self-confidence, courage, communication, self-expression, creativity, and compassion.

However, there are several aspects to be considered when choosing a stone. While a birthstone may seem like an ideal choice, it should be considered in relation to other factors of your life such as health concerns, personal characteristics, and current phase of life.

Chemical Composition of October Birthstones

Opal
Opals rank from 5 to 6.5 on the Mohs Hardness scale making them much softer than other gemstones. This October gemstone consists of small silica pieces that are fused together tightly. This tends to leave a few cracks in between the spaces which give opals their characteristic feature of being able to reflect a rainbow of hues. However, this also makes them more susceptible to damage from hard objects.

Opals are commonly found in areas of sedimentary volcanic rocks. The wide range of colours of the stone is made possible based on the different elements that may be found in different areas. For instance, the presence of iron oxide may result in red stones while magnesium oxides can form the highly valuable black opals.

Tourmaline
Tourmaline ranks from 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs Hardness scale making it a far more durable and resilient stone. These stones consist of silicate minerals and are commonly found in areas of igneous and metamorphic rocks. However, like opals, the presence of different minerals in the rocks is responsible for this stone occurring in a variety of colours.

For instance, the presence of manganese leads to pink hues while iron results in a darker or black stones. Similarly, lithium can lead to a variety of hues ranging from blue and green to red.

Using October Birthstones to Enhance Your Energy

The October birthstones, Opal and Tourmaline, offer a host of benefits to people born in this month. Choose the stone that you feel more attracted to or a combination of the two to bring their benefits into your life. There are numerous ways to bring in the healing and positive energies of these stones into your daily life. The opulent glow of these stones makes them a lovely gemstone for various types of jewellery. Additionally, you can also use them as a healing or meditation crystal or place them on your bedside table.

Benefits of October Birthstones

Adorning the October stones can bring a variety of benefits to the wearer. Both these stones are known to attract health, wealth, and emotional benefits. Further, their ability to exist or reflect in a multitude of colours is known to enhance their overall energy making them a powerhouse of positivity. Some of the benefits of using these stones include:

  • Opal is often used to protect oneself from evil energies and negativity.
  • Opal helps promote good health and protects the wearer from disease.
  • Both opal and tourmaline can help promote feelings of calm and peace in the wearer. Further, they can also help reduce anger and maintain a better temperament.
  • The array of colours associated with both these stones is also said to enhance creativity and artistic expression.
  • The pink and green tourmaline stones are known to help balance the heart chakra and support emotional health.

October Birthstones Care and Cleaning

Opal
Opals are relatively softer stones and highly prone to scratches and damage. For this reason, it is advisable to use opals as a special occasion jewellery and not for everyday use. Be sure to remove the jewellery and store it carefully. Keep opal away from other gemstones such as diamonds and rubies which are extremely hard and could scratch or damage the opal stones. Store them in a separate jewellery box which does not contain any other gemstones. To clean your opal jewellery or stone, gently wipe it with soapy water and soft cloth and avoid using extreme heat or pressure. Avoid using steam or ultrasonic cleaning methods with this delicate stone.

Tourmaline
Tourmalines are far more durable than opals. This makes them a good choice even for daily jewellery. To clean this stone, use a soft toothbrush with warm soapy water. Avoid using too much pressure and use lukewarm water only, not hot. While tourmalines are quite resilient, heat can impact these stones. Therefore it is best to avoid steam and ultrasonic cleaningsolutions for this gemstone.

How To Re-Energize And Recharge Your October Birthstones?

At Rudra Centre, we energize every item before shipping it to our customers so that they can start wearing and experiencing the benefits immediately. After prolonged usage one may wish to recharge or reenergize their stone toremove all the negativity so it can work to its full potential.

To reenergize or recharge October Birthstones Opal and Tourmaline, you can follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Have a bath and wear clean clothes
  • Be in a meditative mode and avoid all distractions
  • Light an incense stick or sage and offer its smoke to yourself, the surrounding, and unto your October Birthstone jewellery/geode/crystal
  • Hold the October birthstone in your hand between both your palms
  • Channelize your body energy into your palms. Try to create a focal point on both sides of your palms and imagine positive energy flowing into your October Birthstone
  • Imagine the intention for which you have adorned opal or tourmaline to be manifesting

While doing the above process you can chant the Mantra 'OM' or 'AUM'. One can also chant Heart (Anahata) Chakra Beej Mantra "YAM" as pink and green tourmaline work on this chakra.Choose the stone that you are most attracted to between the birthstone options. You can even combine them with certain other gemstones to maximize their positive energy.You can get your opal and tourmaline jewellery from Rudra Centre dealing only in Vedic Astrology approved non-treated and non-heated gemstones which can guarantee the best results to the wearer.

Most people think that using a birthstone is decided simply based on their month of birth. However, it is not necessary to wear only your birthstone. In fact, you can wear any gemstone regardless of your date of birth, horoscope, and zodiac sign.

What is important is that you wear the right stone for you as per Rudraksha Ratna Science Therapy (RRST) which has been devised after 20 years of research and has its base in the chakras of the human body. Chakra Therapy via RRST is the fastest healing therapy and is more comprehensive and superior to other healing modalities. To book a consultation with our expert, Please Click Here

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