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October Birthstone: Opal and Tourmaline

Happy birthday to all the October babies!

Many people born in October have the astrological sign Libra. Libra’s are known to be intellectual thinkers. You are a problem solver and are very in touch with the world. One of your best traits is your outgoing nature. You love to socialize and communicate your ideas with those around you.

October is another month with two birthstone choices – Tourmaline and Opal.

One of your birthstones is Tourmaline. It comes in a wide variety of colors including shades of blue, brown, yellow, green, red, purple and pink. Tourmaline is unique for often displaying multiple colors within the same gemstone. A highly sought after color variation is the ‘Watermelon’ Tourmaline which includes green, pink and white bands. Legends say that Tourmaline can strengthen the body and can inspire creativity for artists and writers.

The second October birthstone is Opal, which stems from the Greek word Opallas, meaning “to see a change of color.” Like Tourmaline, Opals vary in color and can range from a milky white to black with flashes of vibrant yellow, orange, green, red and blue. In India, it is believed that an Opal can clear a racing mind and strengthen memory when it is passed along the forehead.

Celebrities who share your birthday month include Kelly Ripa, Gwen Stefani, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Mario Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Hillary Clinton, and Julia Roberts.

Birthstone jewelry for October or any month of the year is available at all Long’s Jewelers locations.

Partial information was sourced from the American Gem Society.