If you were born in October you have two choices when it comes to your birthstone—the tourmaline, a gem which is available in a rainbow of beautiful colors, and the opal, a delicate gem known for its colorful reflective qualities.
For centuries, various cultures have had different beliefs about the power of the tourmaline—the gem has been credited as a sleep inducer and a tool to bring insight, discovery and enlightenment. More recently, Native Americans as well as tribes in Africa and Australia have used this beautiful stone as a talisman that protects against danger.
The opal has a history all its own. Its name is believed to come from the Greek ‘opallios’, which means ‘to see a change of color.’ The opal is a soft stone, which for years posed a challenge when being cut or polished. More modern jewelers are experienced in handling this beautifully iridescent stone, considered now to possess the powers of healing and the enhancement of life.
Which gem is right for you? Our fabulous selection of pieces featuring each of October’s birthstones may not make your decision any easier!
They say that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, and there may be no better example of this than a stunning stackable ring from Pointe Vecchio. Fashioned of 18K rose gold and featuring a round diamond-set bezel, this ring displays the pink tourmaline in all its glory.
Maybe you’re not thinking pink? You can still enjoy the beauty of the tourmaline—these stud earrings from Marco Bicego’s ‘Jaipur’ collection feature the October birthstone in a gorgeous shade of green. Topaz and citrine round out the gemstone offerings is these 18K yellow gold earrings that mix Old World tradition with contemporary design flawlessly.
Green tourmaline and citrine make the perfect pair in this elegant bracelet from our Estate Collection. Large oval-cut gemstone are set in 14K gold to complete this one-of-a-kind piece.
Thinking that opal may be more your style? Try this necklace by Monica Rich Kosann on for size. Made of 18K yellow gold, it features a mini-pocket watch key adorned with a beautiful round, pink opal in its center. With delicate moving parts and hinges, the charm puts a thoroughly modern spin on vintage-inspired design.
Speaking of modern, designer Ela Rae creates pieces that offer a modern interpretation of vintage bohemian style, and this necklace is no exception. Featuring pink opal gemstones and a diamond dagger, the 16-inch sterling silver and rose plate drop necklace is the ultimate in contemporary style.
And finally, if classic elegance is what you are seeking, you’ve found it in this unique stunner. From our Estate Collection, this 18K gold ring combines one fine opal and 0.65 cts diamonds to create a one-of-a-kind piece as special as the woman who wears it.