Opal is the official birthstone for the month of October and is considered one of the most beautiful of all semi-precious stones thanks to it’s glistening rainbow colours that shine from within the stone. Historically, the Opal was worn for protection and to ward of evil, whereby it was highly regarded for its healing properties. This beautiful gem is regarded as a symbol of hope, purity and faithfulness, making this stone a truly romantic gift. Traditionally, the Opal is also given as a gift to mark a 14th or 18th wedding anniversary. An alternative birthstone for October is Pink Tourmaline, known as the creative ‘Teller Stone’; as it is believed to increase the creative process of its wearer and help distinguish between good and bad. Pink varieties of Tourmaline range in colour from pastel pink to ruby red, a gorgeous and feminine alternative to the classic Opal.
Thomas Sabo’s Freshwater Pearl bracelet is £51.90, and features a gorgeous pink Tourmaline Charm. It has an adjustable love knot from 16.5cm to 22cm for a versatile fit that will fit most wrists, making a beautiful and girly gift for birthdays this month. For jewellery with a more classic look, Nomination’s White Opal with a Sliver Frill charm will add sophistication and vintage style to any Nomination bracelet, whilst the heart shaped White Opal charm is cute and romantic! Spinning jewellery have a large selection of gorgeous Sterling Silver rings that will make a lovely gift this month and feature a stunning pink Tourmaline birthstone ring for £49.00.
Another way to add a personal edge to a birthday this month is by acknowledging a zodiac sign. Someone born between the 23rd September and 22nd October is a Libra, whilst someone born between 23rd October and 21st November is a Scorpio. Pandora, Nomination and Thomas Sabo have a variety of charms featuring the Zodiac signs that make a fun addition to any collection. The Sterling Silver Libra charm from Thomas Sabo depicting the scales is £39.95 and would look great alongside the pink birthstone.
The new season has brought some fabulous new collections from Lola Rose, Swarovski, Pandora and Pure Attraction to name just a few, all crafted to compliment this seasons winter textures and warm autumn colours from orange and honeys, to soft browns and blacks. Lola Rose’s statement pieces in teal, tangerine and blacks are bright and eye-catching and really capture the autumnal palette, whilst Pandora’s newest collection has taken inspiration from the runway and features stunning pieces from rings to earrings that feature a gorgeous Rhodolite garnet, as well as sparkling Black, Red and Purple Murano Glass Charms for a gothic edge. Rose Gold is the perfect complimentary shade this season which can be seen sparkling in Pure Attraction and is the perfect plating for a statement watch from BCBG and ToyWatch.
For a romantic gift this month, choose from the sparkling Diamonfire collection that is ‘Inspired by Diamonds’ and features beautiful sets of rings, earrings and necklaces that are an affordable alternative to diamond jewellery. Sphere of Life, Linda Macdonald and Swarovski also offer romantic pieces in Silver and Gold with heart pendants and sentimental messages to help you add a touch of emotion and meaning to your gift.