Tourmaline & Opal
Tourmaline is a birthstone of October, along with opal, and is a truly special gem. Tourmaline is known as the gem of love and commitment. It also symbolizes wisdom, strength of mind and eloquence. It can increase flexibility, happiness, hope, objectivity, compassion and serenity. It also enhances tolerance and understanding. Tourmaline is also a very protecting stone. It is called the Poet’s Stone.
Tourmaline is often associated with the heart chakra, particularly watermelon tourmaline, where it opens one to accept love. It’s easy to understand why people so easily confuse tourmaline with other gems:
Very few gems match tourmaline’s dazzling range of colors. From rich reds to pastel pinks and peach colors, intense emerald greens to vivid yellows and deep blues, the breadth of this gem’s color range is unrivalled. Brazilian discoveries in the 1980s and 1990s heightened tourmaline’s appeal by bringing intense new hues to the marketplace.
Writers have compared opals to volcanoes, galaxies, and fireworks. Admirers gave extraordinary opals poetic names like Pandora, Light of the World, and Empress. In ancient Rome, this gem symbolized love and hope. The Romans gave it a name—opalus—that was synonymous with “precious stone.”
Many cultures have credited opal with supernatural origins and powers. Arabic legends say it falls from the heavens in flashes of lightning. The ancient Greeks believed opals gave their owners the gift of prophecy and guarded them from disease. Europeans have long considered the gem a symbol of hope, purity, and truth.
Opal is considered an October birthstone. Some people think it’s unlucky for anyone born in another month to wear an opal. But that particular superstition comes from a novel written in the 1800s (Anne of Geierstein by Sir Walter Scott), and not from any ancient belief or experience. In fact, throughout most of history, opal has been regarded as the luckiest and most magical of all gems because it can show all colors. Once, it was thought to have the power to preserve the life and color of blond hair.
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