So somehow, Amber drew the short straw and didn't manage to qualify for the 'Birthstones' category. With my love affair with Amber growing stronger everyday, I'm currently trying my hardest, to break society's barriers and squeeze it into this elite gemstone group.
October seems to be a rather greedy month, not only is it home to the wonderful autumn colours and halloween but it also has two birthstones: Opal & Tourmaline. Opal is famous for its “colour play”, this cheeky stone flashes colors of the rainbow as a result of light interference in small cracks. It is also renown for its pearlescent nature caused by internal bubbles. Tourmaline, on the other hand, is a jewellery favourite, since it is available in a wide variety of colours it ideally suits to everyones taste.
October is a tricky month to pair with a Baltic Birthstone. Firstly, Tourmaline comes in a range of colours, so it is difficult to pick just one amber shade with certainty. And secondly, Opal is known as the Queen of Gems as it encompasses colours of all other gems - each a one-of-a-kind beauty, making this the most unique birthstone.
Amber is basically the baltic birthstone equivalent of Tourmaline. Both are available in a spectrum of colours - sunshine yellows, forest greens, opalescent oranges, the list goes on. Tourmaline literally means "mixed stone" so, just like amber, it is the perfect birthstone to match to your preferred style.
As for Opal's colour play, we would pair this with deeply coloured amber for its paralleled internal detail and unique rainbow sparkle. Baltic Amber Jewellery's fiery flakes and radiating colours is our favourite characteristic of this timeless gemstone.
The Opal Birthstone is associated with purity, innocence, hope and faith. Due to the relatively recent discovery of Tourmaline, it is somewhat lacking in lore & legend. However, it is known as the ‘Peace Stone’, keeping its wearer calm, tranquil and at peace.
So if you are an October-born - congratulations!, you're apparently pure, innocent, hopeful, faithful and calm. But what about our October Baltic Birthstone? Well, powers attributed to our cognac amber stones includes love, luck, healing, protection and calming. Legend tells that Amber was in fact believed to provide sorcerers with enhanced powers. So October babies, you are very lucky to be born into a month of such a variety of birthstone attributes.
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Whilst it is rather difficult to attribute a Baltic Birthstone to October in comparison to Tourmaline and Opal, it is clear that Amber is a rather versatile stone which can pretty much replace any gemstone.Don't you think?
Let us know your thoughts on this deep and rich, cognac hued amber stone in the comments below!
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