The October birthstone is opal. This birthstone comes in a variety of different colors and tones, so you're sure to find something that fits your style. The opal gem is said to have come to Earth on a rainbow and is believed to be good for the wearer's confidence and eyesight.
October has a second gemstone: tourmaline. Tourmaline also is available in a variety of different colors, so you have many choices when it comes to picking your perfect piece. There are fewer legends associatd with this particular birthstone, but it is said to bring peace to the wearer and all those around him or her.
Birthstones are gems and other minerals that are associated with a month. This is a tradition that dates back to Biblical times, and through history it was customary to wear the stone associated with the current month during that time, then switch to the next birthstone during the next month. In addition, this was before stones could be identified as precisely as they can be today, so the identities of some of the original stones are unknown. It's only in the last century that the current list has been standard, and since then, it has been more appropriate to wear your birthstone all year 'round.
Learn more about birthstones and gemstone cleaning and care on our gemstone guide!
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