Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at 1:58 pm by Laine
Opal and Pink Tourmaline
The primary stone for October is Opal. Opals have gotten a bad rap in previous years that they are bad luck. This stems from Sir Walter Scott's fictional story that featured the main character wearing opals and bad things happening to her. This stroy crashed the opal market. There are also old wives tales that if you were not born in October that you should not wear opal, for it is bad luck. Yes, we STILL have clients proclaim this! Actually, opals have been considered very good luck throughout most of their written history, but in much earlier days, when jewelers did not understand how to handle and work the stones properly, the stones would often dry out and break while being cut, polished or mounted. Another reason they were considered bad luck. Opals are delicate, soft stones, and may be somewhat porous, in which case it is dangerous to immerse it in liquids other than water. You will get lasting wear from your opal as long as you take good care of it. Putting you opals in a place with a dehumidifier, like a bank vault, could cause your opal to crack because they contain water. It may be helpful to immerse your opals in water for several hours from time to time.
Tourmaline is the alternate stone of the month for October. Pink tourmaline represents a love of humanity and humanitarianism. It is worn to promote sympathy towards others. It is an excellent stone for healers, therapists and counselors as it allows them to better listen to and understand their patients. It carries the virtue of unconditional love and friendship. With October being breast cancer awareness month, Tourmaline is the perfect fit for being a stone of the month.