October birthstones

2016-10-05 06:00


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OCTOBER birthstones, opal and tourmaline, exhibit a vibrant spectrum of colours, and are in high demand for their unique hue combinations and crystal structures.

The opal was a symbol of and hope to the ancient Romans. Others believed the opal had fallen from the heavens when lightning struck the Earth.
According to legend, the gem was believed to make its wearer invisible and was a popular talisman of spies and thieves. The stone has a unique property in changing colour, which was believed to indicate the health and mental state of the wearer.
It is associated with purity, innocence, hope and faith. The opal has healing properties and is believed to be effective in curing eye infections, enhancing one’s creativity, calming nerves and strengthening memory.

Tourmalines are a relatively recent discovery and so lack an interesting background, lore, myths and legend. This gemstone, however, is known as the “peace stone” and is said to dispel anger, fear, jealousy and aggressiveness keeping the wearer calm and tranquil.

It is said to have more psychological effects than physical effects and helps one retain calm when under pressure, battle negative emotions like anger, jealousy and promote peace and tranquility.
When warmed or rubbed, this stone attracts ash, bits of paper and lint. This happens since the gem is charged with static electricity when rubbed. The tourmaline is accorded a place of honour in its part in the studies and experiments with electricity conducted by Benjamin Franklin.

The word “opal” is derived from the Roman term Opalus. Some believe the word was derived from Ops, wife of Saturn, the Goddess of fertility. Other references indicate the term was derived from the Sanskrit word Upala, meaning “valuable stone”.

The word “tourmaline” is believed to have been derived from the Singhalese word Toramalli’, meaning “something out of the Earth”. The Sri Lankan term is applied to all green, brown or yellow stones.

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