Opal’s name originated in ancient Rome where it was called “opalus”, which was synonymous with “precious stone”. Opals are valued for their unique shifting colors in rainbow hues – a phenomenon gemologists call “play of color”.
Tourmaline’s name comes from the Sinhalese word “turmali,” which means “mixed.” Tourmalines come in a wide variety of exciting colors and has one of the widest color ranges of any gem species, occurring in various shades of virtually every hue & because of this, it is easily mistaken for other stones.
So how do you rock it in October with your birthstone? Try finding jewelry pieces that have deep colors and are elegant, like these adorable pieces.
Quick Facts about Tourmaline & Opal
~ Tourmaline is the gem of the eighth anniversary.
~ Tourmaline comes in a variety of colors
~ An unusual characteristic of this stone is that tourmaline can be electrically charged by heating and cooling, or also applying pressure, such as rubbing the stone
~ You can see different colors or depths of color in a tourmaline when viewed at different angles, such as when you rotate the stone in the light.
~ Opal has an extremely high water content
~ Opal is considered to be the national gemstone for Australia