Monday, October 6, 2008

October Birthstones - Opal and Tourmaline

October has been associated with 3 gemstones: Opal, Jasper and Tourmaline.

while the gemstones associated with the zodiac are for

Libra (September 23-October 23) : Opal and smokey quartz
for Scorpio (October 24-November 22) : Topaz and Malachite

I have chosen to introduce you to Opal and Tourmaline.

Opal: Derived from the Latin "Opalus" , which means "Precious stone"

Opal was thought to protect the wearer from disease and to possess the gift of prophecy

White opal earrings by Catheirine Marche

They are found mainly in Australia, Mexico and the U.S.A

It is believed that they convey hope, innocence and purity. The Traditional Metaphysical Properties for the October Birthstone Opal are happiness, faithfulness, loyalty and confidence. The healing properties are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to the eyes and eye infections. The Opal is also used to enhance visualization, imagination, dreams and healing.

Tourmalines exist naturally in a myriad of colors: yellow, green, blue, pink, red, brown, black. Some even have bi-colored properties. A valued bi-colored variety of tourmaline, found in Brazil, is called the "watermelon."
Red Tourmaline Bullet Cime Ring by Catherine Marche Jewellery

Watermelon Tourmaline is a unique stone. It balances the yin and yang in the body. Wearing a slice of watermelon tourmaline will allow you to understand matters in a more balanced way. Watermelon tourmaline draws joyful and understanding love to you. Meditate with a slice of watermelon between your hands and understanding of the beauty of the universe may come to you. Watermelon tourmaline is reddish-pink encircled by green

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