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Those born in October enjoy two spectacular and colour bending birthstones to represent their birthdays, namely Opal and Tourmaline. Both October birthstones have endless colour combinations and special colouring characteristics. Learn more about these two October birthstones and discover the perfect gift for those born in the tenth month of the year and fall under the zodiac of Libra.


The Opal (Rainbow Crystal)

The Opal gained its name from India (the source of the first Opals brought to the Western world for trade), wherein Sanskrit it was calledupala, a “precious stone". In ancient Rome, this becameOpalus. Most Opals are valued for their shifting colours in rainbow hues hence why our decorative gemstone closure is called Rainbow Crystal Gemstone,this shifting of hues is known as a  “play-of-colour”. The October birthstone’s dramatic play-of-colour has inspired writers to compare it to fireworks, galaxies, and volcanoes, how exciting isthat? Libras love to consider multiple perspectives in all pursuits which suit perfectly with a “rainbow” identity. Opal is known to be a symbol of purity,hope, and truth, all things a Libra strives to be and surround themselves with. 


The Tourmaline

Moving onto our second special birthstone for the tenth month, Tourmaline! Tourmaline is the newer of the two October birthstones. The stone was first discovered by Dutch traders off the West Coast of Italy in the late 1600’s or early 1700s. The name comes from the Sinhalese word toramalli, which means “stone with mixed colours”, because it often has multiple colours in one stone. It’s a term Dutch merchants applied to the multicoloured, water-worn pebbles that miners found in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Did you know that Egyptian legend says that tourmaline received its colours as it passed through a rainbow on its way up from Earth’s core? The gem symbolizes inspiration and once was believed to protect against evil.


The Pink Tourmaline

For the month of October, we concentrate on Pink Tourmaline, the stone of love, compassion, emotional healing and self-love, and even gentleness. The colour can range from baby pink to hot pink. It is said to help calm one's emotions in times of distress and is the perfect stone to carry if you suffer from daily waves of anxiety. Pink Tourmaline can be recommended to anyone suffering from heavy emotional pain weighing on the heart, hence why this mineral is related to the heart chakra. We here at Foldabox recommend thePink Spinel Gemstone Closure as the closest colour match should you be looking at a beautiful pink addition to our Luxury Gift Boxes.


Should you be looking to adjust your retail packaging to suit the month of October, we suggest playing with the colour associated with the month which is Pink. This comes as no surprise as The Rainbow Crystal and Pink Tourmaline both possess and portray this fun loving colour. Foldabox has a vast array of pink offerings to set your packaging apart from the rest.


Whether its purity, hope and truth you are after in the month of October or leaning more towards healing, self love, and compassion, you truly can't go wrong with adjusting your retail packaging to truly adopt the meaning and reputation that the tenth month of the year has to offer. Tag us on social media so we can see how you incorporated the October birthstones in your personalised packaging.


Nicole Hines
Nicole Hines


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