October

Birthstones by month and birthstone colors

The Modern Gemstones for October are: Opal and Tourmaline

Opal Colours:
milky white, creamy yellow, pink, blue and purple iridescent hues
Fire Opal colors: yellow, orange and red – due to the influence of iron oxides
Black Opals: dark grey and dark blue to black – due to the influence of manganese oxides and organic carbon

About Opals
This beautiful gemstone displays almost magical qualities of transparent and opalescent colors that range from milky whites and creamy yellows through to medium hues of blues and greens and darker tones with reds, browns, greys and even black. The Fire Opal is a stunning red-orange color and the Black Opal is one of the rarest and most sought after gemstones.

Tourmaline Colors:
many colors including green, blue, yellow, red, pink, violet, brown, black and occasionally white and colorless

About Tourmaline
Scientifically, Tourmaline is not a single mineral, but a complex silicate of boron and aluminium that contains varying amounts of iron, magnesium, manganese, calcium, sodium and potassium. It is a gemstone that is quite distinct from other gem species. According to Ruskin’s “Ethics of the Dust”, the chemistry of Tourmaline is “more like a medieval doctor’s prescription than the making of a respectable mineral”.

Due to the often conflicting and confusing range of gemstones found when comparing ancient cultural lists of gemstones for each month, we are only listing the Modern gemstones for each month and their colors. For anyone not liking the gemstone for their particular month, please consult our Zodiac birthstone chart below.

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