In the golden month of October, we are focusing on two particularly fascinating gemstones: opal and tourmaline.
The opal is a particularly popular stone because of its multi-faceted colour play. Vibrant bursts of colour vary depending on your angle. This is unique to opals. The Roman scholar Pliny the Elder described the opal as follows: “For in the opal you shall see the burning fire of the carbuncle, the glorious purple of the amethyst, the green sea of the emerald, the golden yellow of the topaz, the deep blue of the sapphire all glittering together, mixed after an incredible manner.”
In ancient times this gemstone was considered to be particularly valuable. It was said that after the gods created all gemstones they gave the opal parts of each. Hence its bright play of colours. You could justify considering the opal a “best of” compilation of all gemstones. Looking at the opal has a calming effect on the soul. It is said to reconnect the wearer with his/her inner self and to increase self-belief. It is also said to help you find true love – and as it is generally considered that you can only find true love when you are at peace with yourself this even seems to make sense.
Of course, we cannot guarantee that all this is true. However, we can guarantee that our second stone, tourmaline, is also worth falling in love with. It does not combine all the colours of the rainbow, but it comes in more than 50 different shades, varying from vibrant green to bright pink. The name Tourmaline is derived from the Sinhala word Turamali, meaning “mixed stone in vibrant colours”. Tourmaline is the traditional anniversary stone for the eighth wedding anniversary, making it a perfect gift after successfully surviving the seven-year itch. Among the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, the gem stood for self-confidence and perseverance. The black tourmaline, also known as Schörlis said to be one of the strongest protective stones in the world when it comes to averting negative energies.
Instead of me telling you more, take a look yourself and discover all the new designs of our October mini collection that I have created for the opal and tourmalines. Which of the two gems is your favourite? I’m looking forward to hearing from you.