October Birthstone – Opals and Tourmalines

To welcome in October, we’d like to inform you of this month’s two birthstones. To learn more, keep reading!Screen Shot 2014-10-06 at 1.48.25 PM There are two birthstones for October: Opal and Tourmaline. First we’ll start with the Opal. images

Opal is a soft stone that is easily reshaped by heat. They range in colors from white, black, orange, green, red, and blue. They are famous for their flashing of colors when moved – often showing a rainbow.

They are formed from non-crystalline silica gel that has seeped into crevices and cracks, often near volcanic rocks. Over time, the gel hardens to opals, that are closely formed crystal arrangements.

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Opals are often found in Australia, Mexico, Nevada, Brazil, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Japan, and Ireland.   The second October birthstone is the Tourmaline.

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Tourmalines are found in a wide variety of colors from yellow, green, red, blue, pink, brown, and black. Many are found with two colors. A popular example of a bi-colored tourmaline is the “watermelon.”

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Tourmalines are made up of a wide array of minerals including sodium, aluminum, boron, oxygen, hydrogen, and silicon atoms. When warmed, the tourmaline becomes charged with static electricity that causes it to attract small particles such as lint.

The tourmaline is not only beautiful, but also known as a “peace stone” that will remove fear of its wearer.

Both stones are a perfect gift for a loved one born in this month!

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