October Birthstone

The October Birthstone is Opal

The birthstone for October is Opal and the October birthstone color is Multi-Color. The dazzling Opal gemstone is associated with imagination, fidelity, creativity, innocence and hope.

Opal is an unusual gemstone that reflects a rainbow of colors known as ‘play of color’. The five main types of opal are white, black, fire, boulder and crystal; according to their background color.

The origin of the name 'Opal' comes from Sanskrit upala meaning ‘precious stone’ and Greek opallios meaning ‘to see a change of color’.


October Birthstone Opal Beads
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October birthstone - Opal

October alternative birthstone - pink Tourmaline

October official birthstones - Opal & pink Tourmaline

October birthstone colors - multi–color, white or pink

October birth flower - Marigold


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Where Opal Is Found

The five main types of opal are white, black, fire, boulder and crystal - according to their background color. Several of these types of opal are found in Australia which is where the majority of the world's opal is produced.

Black opal, white opal and boulder opal (which includes part of the surrounding rock) is mined in Australia.  White opal is also mined in Ethiopia and Brazil.

Crystal opal has an almost transparent background and is found in Nevada, Idaho and Oregon in the United States of America. Fire opal has background colors in the yellow to red range and is found in Mexico, Brazil and Oregon, USA.

Other places where opals are sourced include central Europe, Honduras, Indonesia, Madagascar, Peru, Turkey and the United States.

Reference: GIA Education - Where Opal Comes From

Raw Opal Crystal - Pixabay

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