The birthstone for October is Opal
October birthstone jewelry set with Opal gemstones or the alternative Pink Tourmaline is an ideal personal and meaningful gift for your friends and relatives with birthdays in October. Or choose a special piece for yourself to wear during October.
The October birthstone Opal is believed to be 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.
Browse the stunning selection of October birthstone jewelry below - handmade by skilled artisans that use good quality gemstones and show excellent craftsmanship.
October Birthstone Necklaces set with Natural Opal
Brittany of Catching Wildflowers in Maryland, USA adores creating unique jewelry with raw stones and crystals which she calls gifts from the earth. She has a passion for creating with her hands and loves to design unusual and inspirational pieces. Most of her necklaces have a choice of sterling silver or gold plated chains and some also have lovely matching earrings.
Here are some of her unique October birthstone necklaces with natural opal:
October Birthstone Jewelry set with Opals
Stephanie of Metalicious, based in New York USA, took a metalsmithing class on a whim in 1995 and has never looked back. Running an ethical business is very important to her and Stephanie only uses reclaimed or recycled fine metals and ethically sourced gemstones in her jewelry. The green ethic extends to office supplies and packaging to ensure her business makes as little impact on the environment as possible so helping towards a better future for her children.
Here is a selection of Stephanie's October birthstone jewelry set with carefully chosen opals:
October Birthstone Earrings set with natural Opal
American born Caine now lives in Bali and has a passion for gemstones and setting his discoveries in sterling silver. He says the island paradise of Bali nurtures his creativity and in gracious return he donates part of his income to a children's charity. Caine is associated with NOVICA, a global fair trade community of skilled artisans.
Here are some of his stunning creations made with natural opal reflecting brilliant blue colors:
October Birthstone Earrings set with Peruvian Opal
Artisan Patricia Jara is from Peru and specializes in silver and gemstone jewelry. She is passionate about her culture and loves to share the variety of folklore from the different Peruvian provinces. She finds inspiration from "the art of our ancestors, the experience of master artisans, and the influence of foreign designers". Patricia is associated with NOVICA, a global fair trade community of skilled artisans.
Here is a selection of Patricia's beautiful handmade sterling silver earrings, set with Peruvian blue-green opal which is only found in the Andes mountains. Peruvian Opal is usually known as blue opal but is sometimes called green opal.
Opal Birthstone Jewelry set with Australian Opal
Lynn is the jewelry creator behind Opal Embers based in Hawaii, USA. She loves opals and delights in choosing those with the best flashes of color. Did you know there are two main types of opals - 'precious' opals which are the traditional translucent opals with flashes of color, and 'common' opals which are opaque gemstones yet also have their own unique beauty. Besides designing exquisite jewelry with sought after Australian opals (including boulder opals), Lynn also works with brilliant Ethiopian and fiery Mexican opals.
Here is a selection of Lynn's sparkling Australian opal jewelry sets:
October Birthstone Bracelets with Pink Tourmaline
Pink Tourmaline is the second birthstone for October. These stunning Pink Tourmaline bracelets are handmade by Mary of Staggs Lane Jewelry (California, USA) and Belky of Belkys Bracelets (British Columbia, Canada). Natural Tourmaline comes in many colors, including pink, red, green and blue; yet it also occurs in fascinating multicolored varieties such as the Watermelon Tourmaline which has both green and red layers.
Both these artists also have gorgeous bracelets in Pink Peruvian Opal - Opal being the main October birthstone.
October Birthstone Necklaces with Beaded Tourmaline
The alternative birthstone for October is Pink Tourmaline. Due to the variety of colors and shades of Tourmaline, it is known as the 'rainbow gemstone'. Legend has it that the gemstone passed over a rainbow during its formation thus taking on the multiple colors!
Here are some lovely beaded necklaces from NOVICA artisans that contain shades of Pink Tourmaline together with other hues of Tourmaline or mixed creatively with complimentary gemstones:
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