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October Birthstone - Opal and Tourmaline

October, a month transitioning from the vibrant hues of autumn to the crisp chill of winter, is associated with two enchanting birthstones: opal and tourmaline. These stones are renowned for their diverse colors, unique characteristics, and rich symbolism. In this blog, we'll explore what makes these gemstones truly special and guide you on how to choose the perfect piece of jewellery.

What Color?


Opals, the first of the October birthstones, are famed for their captivating play-of-color, a mesmerizing phenomenon where the stone displays a spectrum of hues when viewed from different angles. The base color can range from milky white to black, with flashes of red, orange, green, blue, and more dancing across its surface.


Tourmaline, on the other hand, boasts a wide array of colors, making it a kaleidoscope in the world of gemstones. It can appear in various shades such as pink, green, blue, yellow, brown, and black. Some tourmalines even exhibit multiple colors within a single stone, a phenomenon known as bi-color or tri-color tourmaline.

How Do You Judge Color?

When evaluating opals, experts assess the brilliance and diversity of play-of-color. A high-quality opal will have vivid and distinct flashes of color against a contrasting background.

For tourmaline, color consistency and intensity are key factors. The most prized tourmalines display a rich, vibrant color with no visible color zoning or inclusions that may affect transparency.

What is Unique About?


Opals are unique in their play-of-color, creating an ever-changing, iridescent display that is unmatched in the gemstone world. Each opal is distinct, making them highly prized and sought after by collectors and jewellery enthusiasts.


Tourmaline is unique for its stunning variety of colors and ability to be found in larger sizes. It's also the only gemstone that can display multiple colors in a single stone, adding to its allure and desirability.

Meaning and Folklore


Opals have been associated with love, passion, and hope. They are believed to bring luck and confidence to the wearer and have been cherished throughout history for their mystical beauty.


Tourmalines are thought to enhance creativity, attract love and success, and provide protection against negative energies. Ancient cultures revered tourmalines for their supposed mystical and healing properties.

Where Does It Come From?

Opals are primarily sourced from Australia, with the country being famous for producing some of the finest opals in the world. Other significant sources include Ethiopia, Mexico, and Brazil.

Tourmaline can be found in various parts of the world, including Brazil, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Mozambique, and the United States, among others.

How to Buy

For the best selection and quality of opal and tourmaline jewellery, look no further than Rochells Jewellers. With a wide range of stunning designs and knowledgeable staff to assist you, Rochells Jewellers ensures a personalized shopping experience.


Opals and tourmalines are generally available year-round due to their popularity as birthstones. However, specific varieties, sizes, and qualities may vary in availability.


The affordability of opals and tourmalines can range depending on factors such as color, size, quality, and rarity. Opals, especially those with vibrant play-of-color, can be more expensive, while tourmalines offer a broader range of price points to suit different budgets.


When evaluating the quality of opals, consider factors like play-of-color intensity, pattern, transparency, and overall durability. For tourmalines, look for color intensity, clarity, and lack of visible inclusions for higher quality stones.

The Perfect Gift for October Birthdays

If you're searching for the perfect gift for someone born in October, look no further than Opal and Tourmaline jewellery. Whether it's a ring, necklace, earrings, or a custom-designed piece, these birthstones make for a thoughtful and cherished gift. The unique coloring characteristics of Opal and Tourmaline allow you to select a gemstone that resonates with the recipient's individual style and preferences.

To explore the world of Opal and Tourmaline jewellery and find that ideal gift, we invite you to visit Rochells Jewellers. Our stores at Semiahmoo and Central City Malls offer a curated selection of opulent Opal and tantalizing Tourmaline jewellery. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service, ensuring that your jewellery shopping experience is enjoyable and memorable.

This October, celebrate the magic of birthstones with Rochells Jewellers. Whether you're shopping for a loved one or treating yourself, our jewellery pieces will capture the essence of October's beauty and diversity. Come and discover the enchanting world of Opal and Tourmaline – the birthstones that truly reflect the spirit of October

Visit us today and find the perfect piece that speaks to your heart. Rochells Jewellers - Where Beauty Meets Elegance. 🎁💍

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