October marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall season, ushering in not only sweater weather and pumpkin-spice everything but also two new birthstones: opal and tourmaline. Each October birthstone is unique—and not just on the surface level. In the world of healing crystals, they’re believed to be imbued with energetic powers that people can tap into, regardless of whether they were born in the month of October.
To understand unique properties of opal and tourmaline, Well+Good spoke with crystal expert at Tiny Rituals Brett Larkin and numerologist and certified crystal healer Joy Woodward about the October birthstones.
Properties of opal, the October birthstone of transformation
- Birthstone color: Iridescent
- Element: Water
- Planet: Venus