The Precious Pink Tourmaline and the Opulent Opal: The birthstones of October

Were you born in October? Well, the breathtaking Opal and Pink Tourmaline are your birthstones. You can choose either of these two or even have both for the utmost magical touch. 

Opal and Pink Tourmaline are the official birthstones for October. The Opal is known for its multicolored rainbow-like appearance. Although it gives that effect, it can be found predominantly in ‘background’ colors of blue, black, orange, and white. Whereas, Tourmaline stones are found in many colors but the pink one is known for radiating peace.

According to the expertise of Nava Zahavi, Opal is best for a fantasy-like appearance while being elegant. Due to its dazzling touch, ancient Greeks related the stone with symbolism of protection and prophecies.

On the other hand, Tourmaline also radiates a spectrum of colors. But since the stone for October is exclusively pink, it symbolizes femininity and glamor more than anything else. It leans more toward a transparent texture compared to Opal, which is relatively solid. It has been a symbol of compassion, friendship, and transformation since ancient times.

What is the complete color range for Opals?

As the name suggests, the Pink Tourmaline is pinkish. However, the opal stone is so unique that it appears to be casting a kaleidoscope of colors. It looks so magical – almost like a rainbow. 

So instead of referring to it as a multicolored stone, jewelers look at its dominant or plain background colors such as:

  • Black

  • Blue

  • Orange

  • White

Note that Tourmalines are also available in many colors but they aren’t the birthstones for October. Each one has the same translucent texture as the pink one and they look very charming when they come together. Some other popular color choices for Tourmaline include:

  • Green

  • Red

  • Yellow

  • Blue

A short history and usage of Opals and Pink Tourmaline

The Opal came to be known as ‘Opalus’ in ancient Rome. The meaning is that of a stone that gives a reflective rainbow-like appearance. It is said that the Greeks believed the Opal resulted from the lightning of the sky due to its radiance.

When it comes to Opal supply, Australia has around 95 percent of the world’s total. In Europe, the stone is known for being affiliated with hope and truth.

The Pink Tourmaline is found all over the world but mostly in Brazil and Namibia. Some of its hues were so deep that many royal families mistook it for rubies in the 19th century. This gorgeous stone gets its name from the Sinhalese language (still spoken in Sri Lanka) word ‘tourmaline’ which means a precious multicolored stone.

Popular jewelry combinations for Opal and Pink Tourmaline

1. Blue Opal and Gold

This combination is royalty at its best. Immerse yourself in the essence of Cleopatra with this dazzling one-of-a-kind Nava Zahavi piece having a blue Opal stone set in gold. 

2. Blue Opal, Gold, and White Stone

Combine the regal magic of blue and gold with the reflection of the moon. These dangling and resplendent blue Opal earrings are a must-have for anyone who loves dangling earrings.

3. Pink Tourmalines paired with other colors

Tourmalines are available in many colors. For the sake of consistent texture, having a piece that combines Pink Tourmaline stones with its other hues will inspire transformation in yourself and others. Here’s a Nava Zahavi Tourmalines Charm necklace that reflects the beauty and flexibility of this precious stone unlike any other.

4. Pink Tourmaline with stones of other pink hues

Think of the ultimate romantic vibes when hues of pink come together in the form of various stones. This precious pink necklace from Nava Zahavi is a must-have accessory for the pink lover. Along with pink Tourmaline, it also features pink topaz with a Morganite pendant. 


If you’re attracted to galaxies or fireworks, Opal is your stone. Otherwise, choose Pink Tourmaline which carries the essence of femininity and sensuality. You could also get combination jewelry featuring both or separate pieces. Watch this space to learn more about the birthstones of the upcoming months.