Sherman Oaks, CA (PRWEB) October 8, 2008
Oh, those lucky October-born Libras! To balance out both sides of their symbolic scales, they get not one, but two birthstones to play with: opal and tourmaline, particularly the pink variety which are now available from Diviene.com (Early Scorpios are also fortunate for the same reason.)
Tourmaline--from the Sinhalese (Sri Lankan) term tura mali meaning "stone of mixed colors"-- is the traditional birthstone originally designated for October. Opal-- from the Latin word upala meaning "precious stone"--is the more modern alternative. Both gemstones are available in multiple colors and have been ascribed with the qualities of creativity and love, which are imbued to the wearer of jewelry containing these stones.
Tourmaline is often referred to as the "gemstone of the rainbow" because of its wide variety of colors, which include blue, green, pink, red, yellow, brown, black, bi-colored, tri-colored, and colorless. According to ancient legend, tourmaline is found in so many colors because it traveled along a rainbow and gathered all of the spectrum's colors. However, it is the pink variety most closely associated with October's birthstone. Pink tourmaline is said to touch the heart, bringing love and soothing, comforting energy to the wearer, along with joy, peace, understanding and spirituality. It can transform negative behavior into positive, heal the inner child, relieve emotional pain and instill self-loving and gentleness to those experiencing a serious illness.
It is also believed as a stone that supports fertility. All varieties of tourmaline are said to be helpful for alleviating stress, anxiety, tension, confusion and obsessive behavior. It is considered to provide metaphysical protection and is known to ground, balance and harmonize the body's energy centers. It is also believed to inspire creativity and attract success in all endeavors, which is why it has traditionally been used as a talisman by writers and artists.
Meanwhile, opal is perhaps the most familiar "phenomenal" gem due to its play-of-color within a wide range of hues including milky white, blue, pink and black, highlighted by stunning "flashes" of red, green, blue, gold or bright white. This distinctive opalescence led ancient Greeks to believe that opals imparted the light of prophecy, while Arabs claimed that opals fell to earth from lightning flashes in heaven. One Australian Aboriginal legend about how opals originated sounds remarkably similar to the tourmaline tale: the Creator came down to Earth on a rainbow to bring a message of peace to humans. As his foot touched the ground, opals appeared and began sparkling in all the colors of that rainbow. The opal has been considered a symbol of hope, innocence and purity since medieval times.
Mythology ascribes opals with the power to banish evil spirits and render its wearer invisible when necessary, as well as curing depression, protecting against disease, improving eyesight, aiding faithfulness, developing inner beauty and helping its wearer find true love. Both opals and tourmalines in all their colors are quite popular in necklaces, earrings and other jewelry pieces. Besides being October's co-birthstones, they are also accepted as gifts for the 13th and 8th wedding anniversaries, respectively. You can find a wide selection of opal and tourmaline jewelry at http://www.diviene.com, where each piece is made to order with your choice of stone and design. With every color of the rainbow to choose from, neither jewelry nor life can possibly be boring for those who were born in October.
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Southern California-based Diviene Company, the internet birthstone experts, is an online retailer of elegant, custom-created gemstone jewelry. Each piece is professionally designed and hand-crafted in America by a family with more than 80 combined years in the jewelry business. For more information, visit their website at http://www.diviene.com.