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October Birthstones -Tourmaline & Opal

Publised on Oct 25, 2013

People who took birth in the month of October must feel lucky to be blessed with the most magnificent and transcendental stones as their Birthstones, Tourmaline Gemstone and Opal Gemstone. These two semi precious stones are suitable for the people with Libra as their zodiac sign as per as the observations of expert Astrologers and Gemologists. Now a question arises, why and how are these semi precious gemstones are termed suitable for people with Libra zodiac sign? The studies of these experts present that these gemstones are linked and ruled by the mystical powers of the planet Venus. As this heavenly body provides them with enchanting powers, these gemstones not only prove beneficial to the wearer but also provide healing in numerous ways.

Tourmaline Stone

Summary :
Gemstone Tourmaline
Other Names Turmali and Vaikrant
Color Blue, Red, Green, Black, Colorless, Brown
Ruling Planet Venus
Moh’s Scale 7-7.5
Specific Gravity 3.06
Origin Sri Lanka, Brazil, Africa, Pakistan, Malawi, Madagascar, Namibia

The semi precious gemstone Tourmaline gets its name from the Sinhalese word “Thurmali” which means ‘stone mixed with vibrant colors. Tourmaline is a crystal boron silicate mineral which is formed by the combination of potassium, iron, magnesium, lithium, aluminium and sodium. With a rating of 7 to 7.5 on the Moh’s scale of hardness, this gemstone has a vitreous luster.

Where is a Tourmaline found?

This cyclosilicate mineral stone is found in marble, schist and granite pegmatites. Tourmaline is extensively mined in Sri Lanka, Africa and Brazil. Also, this semi precious gemstone is mined in Pakistan, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Madagascar and Namibia.

What are the different shades of a Tourmaline?

The beauty of this gemstone comes in a range of eye catching colors. The range includes yellow, bluish black, brown, blue, red, green, pink and rarely colorless. The content of different elements defines the color of a Tourmaline, where magnesium makes it yellow to brown, iron provides it brown to bluish black and lithium makes it from pink to blue.

What are the benefits of a Tourmaline?

Mystical powers of the planet Venus vested in this attractive gemstone miraculous and magical. It provides with a number of benefits to its wearer.

A few of its benefits are:

  • A tourmaline is known to detoxify body of the wearer and hence, relieving toxic related chronic diseases.
  • This gemstone calms its wearer’s mind and relieves from stress.
  • One of its key properties is to improve the blood flow and enhance the immune system.
  • Influential on all chakras and especially balances the Root Chakra
  • It provides positive energy to its wearer and safeguards from the negative energies & evil

Opal Gemstone

Summary :
Gemstone Opal
Color White, Pink, Blue, Green
Ruling Planet Venus & Mars
Moh’s Scale 5.5-6
Specific Gravity 2.15
Metal to Wear in Silver or Gold
Origin Australia, Ethiopia, Welo, Nevada, Spencer (Idaho), Brazil, Indonesia

The most beautiful and alluring form of hydrated amorphous silica and ruled by the planet of love and beauty, is the semi precious gemstone Opal. This mesmerizing gemstone is another birthstone for the people who took birth in the month of October. Opal Gemstone got its name from a Greek word “Opallus” which means ‘to see a change’. On the Moh’s scale of hardness, an Opal gives a rating of 5.5 to 6. Known for its famous play of colors or Opalescence, this gemstone changes its color with the slightest shift in the viewing angle.

Where is an Opal mined from?

Known as the ‘National Stone of Australia’, an Opal is exclusively mined in the continent of Australia which alone holds 97% of World’s total production. Further, this semi precious gemstone is also mined at a minor extent in Hungary, Indonesia, Guatemala, Brazil, Nevada and Turkey. The largest Opal ever mined was from the small town of Coober Pedy, Australia.

What are the different benefits and healing properties of an Opal?

Bestowed with the powers from the planet Venus, an Opal provides numerous benefits to its wearer. But before wearing an Opal, one must consult to a seasoned Astrologer to ensure its effectiveness.

Some of its benefits are:

  • An opal is helpful in opening the spiritual third eye and provides satisfaction in one’s life.
  • Wearing this gemstone enhances the love and understanding between the couples.
  • This gemstone creates a balance between the right and left hemispheres of one’s brain and helping in Neuro-stability.
  • Highly effective for ailments like headache and issues related to the spleen, reproductive organs. Pancreas, bone marrow and eyes.
  • Wearer of an Opal gets connected to the nature and turns calm and serene.

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