Uniquely, October babies have the option to wear two gemstones symbolizing their birth. Both opal and tourmaline have lovely qualities--and plenty of potential for a gleaming and symbolic accessory!
This subtle and glittering stone has a surprising range of qualities. Rather than being classified simply as a mineral, its non-crystalline structure makes it a mineraloid. Opals are treasured for their cool tones and inner glints of all visible colors. One may hold a piece of opal in their hand and, with a turn in the light, see every color of the rainbow hidden within.
Opals represent trust, faith, fidelity, passion, and purity. They have been historically used for their healing properties and valued for their fiery, almost floating inner colorations. Opals are commonly used as a channeling tool for meditation and healing.
Despite their beautiful and vibrant colors, opals were once considered a stone of bad luck. This is because the stones are soft and easily cracked during the shaping and refining process. As such, their fragility became a kind of omen. Nowadays, it is considered a symbol of human passion and friendship. Not so unlucky, if you ask us!
Caring for Your Opal Jewelry
As aforementioned, opals are comparatively soft. Avoid wearing your opal pieces during any dirty work, sports, or other hazardous activities. It is easily scratched with dirt particles and won’t stand up to blows without cracking.
When cleaning your opal jewelry, never use harsh chemicals. Instead, use a soft toothbrush and mild soap to gently scrub any dirt off your jewelry. Rinse it under hot water and repeat if necessary. If your opal seems to be losing its polish, take it to an experienced jeweler. They will be able to bring the shine back in the right way, without damaging the stone.
Tourmaline is one of the most colorful of all gems. Some may have an assortment of colors in one stone. Others may be a solid color on their own. Pink tourmaline is a popular choice among October babies. Its rich, rosy hues are favored in jewelry and gifts.
Tourmaline, due to its tall, straight striations and prism form, is used as a strong channeling tool for energy. Its different colors often associate different meanings; black tourmaline represents facing fears and creating positive change. Pink tourmaline reflects love and relationships, a symbol of compassion and balance. Green tourmaline represents vitality, healing, and vigor of life.
Caring for Tourmaline Jewelry
While tourmaline is harder than opal, caution should still be exercised. Like many stones, tourmaline isn’t impervious to a scratch, chip, or crack. Avoid rigorous activity or dirty work, such as gardening, while wearing tourmaline.
Soak the piece in a mild solution of warm water and dishwashing liquid. After 15 minutes (or longer if there is excessive grime), use a soft toothbrush or a soft cloth to wipe away dirt. Rinse the piece with warm water and repeat if necessary. With a soft, dry cloth, wipe away all leftover water and store it safely.
October Birthstone Pieces from The Pink Pigs
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect October birthday gift, or are simply looking to show off your own birth month, The Pink Pigs is your one-stop-shop.
By choosing an opal or tourmaline gift with us, your gift doubles: part of the proceeds go towards supporting the animal residents of Rooterville Animal Sanctuary! These residents were rescued from unsafe and abusive environments. Now, they live in harmony under the care of dedicated volunteers and workers. Rooterville is supported by every purchase from The Pink Pigs, so why not choose a gift and change a life in the process? Where you spend your money matters. Nobody knows it better than The Pink Pigs!
For those celebrating their birthdays in October, the choice between famed pink tourmaline and glowing opal can be a hard one. Instead, why not say yes to both? These gorgeous rings aren't just glamorously all-inclusive--they are affordable, too. If this sounds perfect to you, you’re not the only one. These are popular pieces, so order your's soon before they're out of stock!
Opal and Sterling Silver Bat Earrings & Matching Necklace!
Everyone knows October isn’t just about birthdays: it’s spooky season. Celebrate Halloween every day of the month with these adorable and chic bat created opal earrings! Highly affordable and perfect for the season, these earrings are the perfect addition to your autumn wardrobe. (We won’t judge if you wear them well into spring.) We have a beautiful matching necklace too! Set in fine 925 Sterling Silver, you're going to enjoy these for many Halloweens!
This spectacular pair of earrings features illustrious pink tourmalines and sparkling natural diamonds. These sparkling gems, complemented by blushing yellow gold, are perfect for your best friend or joyous loved one. Pair them with our stunning matching necklace for a gift that says "WOW!" and also touches a loved one's heart as all proceeds help the amazing rescued animals at Rooterville Animal Sanctuary. What better way to share your love?