There are two gemstones that represent the month of October, opal and

Opal was called the “Queen of Gems” by the ancient Romans. It is the symbol of hope, fidelity and purity. Opal is known for its beautiful play of color. This gemstone has the ability to bend light into a rainbow of color. Opal’s play of color has been described as pinpoints, flame and harlequin. The most common opal is white opal and the most valued is black opal from Australia. Opal is a very soft gemstone and should be treated carefully. It is easily chipped and chemicals and heat can damage this gem.

Tourmaline is the other beautiful gemstone representing October. It comes in an array of vibrant colors that range from vivid reds and hot pinks to gorgeous earth tones. It also comes in greens sometimes called chrome tourmaline or blues with names like paraiba. There are so many varieties, bi-colored, parti-colored and even watermelon. Watermelon tourmaline has a pink center and is green on the outside. Tourmaline is more durable than opal but still should be treated with care by avoiding chemicals and abrasives.