Opal tends to get the headliner spot in October, and it’s no surprise why. With all the mystery, intrigue, and drama Halloween brings, the birthstone mirrors the month’s vibe.
Take the mesmerizing black opal: It’s like a gothic crystal ball, swirling with the colors of magic—and maybe a few lost souls. Opal really is an ideal fit for October (and beloved all the other months, too).
But tourmaline is just as revered, though not for the same qualities. In its rainbow of colors, it’s a stone that designers love to work with and consumers love to wear—a bright and cheerful, sometimes even electric, presence.
But bright and cheerful isn’t really the vibe for fall, is it? Our wardrobes tend to get darker, often more neutral in hue. Even at a time as jubilant as the upcoming holiday season, the brightest colors lean more jewel-tone than electric—deep, dark, and rich.
Tourmaline can do that, and quite beautifully to boot. In earthy tones such as brown and green or a gorgeous autumnal wine, tourmaline is just as good a color match for October as opal is.
Here’s proof—some of the latest lovely tourmaline jewels in the colors of fall.
Top: Ring in 14k yellow gold with 7.13 ct. apricot tourmaline, 0.18 ct. t.w. green tourmaline, and 0.25 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,500; Melinda Lawton