Right, back to gemstones for October. My research this month didn't actually turn up that many stones associated with October. The main ones are Opal and Tourmaline, but there's also Rutile Quartz.
Opal is most definitely a staple stone in my gem stash, there are several varieties including Australian Opal, Honey Opal, Seascape Opal, Peruvian Opal, Ethiopian Opal and Fire Opal.
Opals are said to inspire and boost your creativity. It is sometimes thought of as an unlucky stone. I remember my Nan saying that Opals can bring bad luck, maybe this is because it's considered to be a karmic stone that can help you see you whatever you give out has a way of coming back to you, making it a good stone for reflection.
I have used several different kinds of Opal in my work, the first is the classic white Australian Opal, this one has lovely red and green flashes in it, really difficult to capture on the camera
Honey Opal is another favourite of mine and perfect in these sweet little Honey Bee Earrings and Bangle
Honey Opal paired with copper hexagons and a little silver wire work bee earrings.
Honey Opal with Bronze in this Bee Inspired Bangle
This necklace includes both blue and pink opal alongside sapphires, emerald and rubies
Tourmaline is a stone that comes in a variety of colours, including the pretty watermelon, not a stone I have used yet, though I have used the deep purple variety in these Celestial Moon and Stars Birthstone Earrings.
This necklace ia made from tourmaline in lovely warm earthy tones, perfect for autumn.
Tourmaline is said to have a soothing, calming effect making it good for meditation
Last but not least on the list is Rutile Quartz, said to be a good healing stone that enhances your awareness.
I have yet to make anything with this stone, but I have just added a rather lovely Rutile Pear cabachon to my stash just waiting for the perfect setting, so I'm sure it will pop up in a make soon.
Well that's it for Gemstones for October, thanks for stopping by and I'll be back in a few weeks with some Gemstones for November.