The October Birthstone is Opal
The birthstone for October is Opal and the October birthstone color is Multi-Color, White or Pink. The alternative October birthstone is Pink Tourmaline and in fact both Opal and Tourmaline are the official birthstones for this month.
The dazzling Opal gemstone is associated with imagination, fidelity, creativity, innocence and hope.
The origin of the name 'Opal' comes from Sanskrit upala meaning ‘precious stone’ and Greek opallios meaning ‘to see a change of color’.
The Zodiac birthstones for Libra (Sep 24 - Oct 23) include Opal, Peridot and Lapis Lazuli. The Zodiac birthstones for Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 22) include Aquamarine, Coral and Topaz.
The birth flowers for October are Marigold and Cosmos.
October Birthstone Color: Multi-Color, White or Pink
The October birthstone colors of multi-color and white come from the October birthstone Opal.
Opal is a dazzling gemstone that shimmers in a rainbow of colors. It occurs as five main types depending on the background color: white, black, fire, boulder and crystal opal. Due to its stunning reflections of color, opal is a popular stone used in October birthstone jewelry.
The majority of the world's opal is produced in Australia, well known for its unique boulder opal that includes part of the surrounding rock. White opal is also mined in Ethiopia and Brazil. Crystal opal has an almost transparent background and is found in Nevada, Idaho and Oregon, USA. Fire opal has background colors in the yellow to red range and occurs in Mexico, Brazil and Oregon, USA. Smaller locations of opals include central Europe, Honduras, Indonesia, Madagascar, Peru, Turkey and the United States.
Reference: GIA Education - Where Opal Comes From
The October birthstone color of pink comes from pink Tourmaline which is the second October birthstone. Tourmaline also occurs in many colors, including a multi-colored variety which makes it an attractive gemstone for October jewelry.
OCTOBER BIRTHDAY SYMBOLS
Official birthstones: Opal and Tourmaline
Alternative birthstone: Pink Tourmaline
Birthstone colors: multi–color, white or pink
Birth flowers: Marigold and Cosmos
Zodiac star sign: Libra (Sep 24 - Oct 23)
Zodiac star sign: Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 22)
8th wedding anniversary: Tourmaline
14th wedding anniversary: White Opal
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