Stones of October: Opal and Tourmaline

Two popular gems hail as birthstones for the month of October: Opal and Tourmaline.
October babies are known to be charismatic, romantic and full of excitement—making these two gems ideal to complement their colorful personalities.


Described by the Ancient Romans as the “Queen of All Gems”, Opal is a chameleon, encompassing the essence of every gem in one. Its name means to “see a change of color”, which this “phenomenon” gem shows in unusual optical effects of shifting spectral hues described as “play of color”.

Revered as a symbol of hope, fidelity and purity, Opal is a gem of positive transformation, revealing the colorful attributes of those who wear it. In addition to being an October birthstone, Opal is favored as a gift for a 14th wedding anniversary.

This fascinating gem occurs in several types: The most common is white Opal with vibrant pastel flashes. Black Opal has a blue, gray or black body with more dramatic color play. Boulder opal is black opal with some of the ironstone in which it occurs. Crystal Opal is clear with glints of swimming color. Fire Opal has a yellow, orange or red body—with or without color play.



The most diverse gemstone on the market, Tourmaline possesses the most dazzling array of colors of all known gems. Its name means multi-colored, a modest description of the wide variety that exists in this mineral family, which includes dark green chrome Tourmaline, deep blue to blue-green indicolite, pink to deep red rubellite, and electric blue Paraiba Tourmaline.

A unique miracle of color, Tourmaline also is found with two or more colors appearing side by side in a single crystal, classified as bi-colored Tourmaline—like watermelon Tourmaline in pink and green. Representing a spectrum of hues, these gems are usually rectangular or emerald cut to highlight the color zoning. Moreover, there are rare Tourmaline gems that appear to change their color in different light and cat's eye fancy Tourmaline.

Esteemed as a gem of enlightenment and resolution, Tourmaline is believed to foster compassion, composure and reflection, revealing the most captivating characteristics of those who wear it. In addition to being an October birthstone,
Tourmaline is also the chosen gift for the eighth wedding anniversary.

Tourmalines make beautiful center stones and are often available in large, affordable sizes. Chrome tourmalines of quality
are rare in sizes above 10 carats, as are rubellites. Paraiba Tourmalines are extremely rare in faceted stones above 2 carats.


Hailed the most colorful of gems, Opal and Tourmaline share a claim to fame in their embrace of a spectrum of colors be it in one gem or a vast variety of types.
Opals and Tourmalines have become designer favorites for this very reason, providing individuality and diversity for both the artist and owner of the final piece.

For truly on-trend, millennial looks Opals and Tourmalines are best paired with other gemstones in soft pastel colors,
such as the new Swarovski Topaz Peach or various light shades of Swarovski Blue and Pink Sapphires.

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These colours are not available in Laval packaging but can be purchased on special order with delay of approximately 2 weeks.

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