Opal & Tourmaline: Dual Symbols Of Hope And Peace
People born in the month of October come under the purview of the zodiac sign of Libra. Librans can be characterized by their balanced approach, brilliant skills of diplomacy, superior intellect and very logical mind. They are therefore very gifted when it comes to analyzing tough situations and coming up with apt solutions.
Opal and Tourmaline are the birthstones for people born in this month. Both these dual coloured gemstones are known for their vivid display of colours and beauty and are highly prized across the world for their spectacular radiance, unique colour combinations and crystal structures.
About the Gemstones:
The ancient Roman civilisation was known to prize opals greatly as a symbol of hope and wish fulfillment, and it was christened as the ‘Anchor of Hope’, by the people of the Orient. Legends tell the tale of Queen Cleopatra’s ploy to wear a magnificent set of opals to attract the attention of Mark Anthony, the ruler of Rome.
Queen Victoria, a great believer in the power of gemstones was also said to wear them in her crown, to protect herself and her regime from enemies and all kinds of evil. Interestingly, the Russians believed Opals to be evil and never allowed them to be used in jewellery of any kind.
Unlike Opals, Tourmalines are a fairly recent discovery and per se don’t have any such legends attached to them. However this gemstone has quite a reputation as a – Stone of Peace – and is supposed to repel all kinds of negative emotions like jealousy, anger, fear and aggression, thereby ensuring that the wearer remains calm and balanced in all situations.
According to some legends, Opal fell to the Earth, when lightning struck it and they had the power to make the wearer invisible to others. Not surprisingly, Opals began to be highly sought-after by pirates, spies and thieves.
On the positive side, its unique ability to change colour was believed to indicate the health and mental state of the wearer. Many believed the opal brought immense good fortune to the wearer as the stone possessed the virtues of each gemstone whose color was captured by the Opal’s spectrum of colors. As a result, the stone was considered lucky and is also associated with purity, innocence, hope and faith.
Opal is also said to posses healing properties and is believed to hold the remedy for enhancing one’s creativity, calming nerves and strengthening memory. The tourmaline on the other hand is believed to have more psychological effects than physical.
The gemstone is said to help the wearer retain calm under the most stressful situations, enhance creativity and control negative emotions.
Famous Personalities Born in OCTOBER:
- Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. Oct 02. 1869.
- Actor & Bollywood legend: Amitabh Bachchan. Oct 11. 1942.
- Actor Parineeti Chopra. Oct 22. 1988.
- Actor Asin Thottumkal. Oct 26. 1985.
- Former President of India Abdul Kalam. Oct 15. 1931.
- Actor Sunny Deol. Oct 19. 1956.
- Actor Rekha Ganesan. Oct 10. 1954.
- Actor Freida Pinto. Oct 18. 1984.
(Disclaimer: The information provided here is purely for entertainment and reference purposes only.)