The Classy Opal

Plus Aquamarines, Agates, Tourmaline and Coral

For the month of October, the most popular birthstone is the Opal. However, there are also other birthstone choices that appear on the modern, traditional, zodiac and ancient birthstone lists. If you are a woman who already has one or two beautiful items of opal jewelry, you may be interested in trying one of these alternate birthstones. The Bernardine Fine Art Jewelry Company has created a convenient list that combines all the different alternative birthstones, including aquamarines, agates, colored tourmaline and coral. Any of these stones can be used to design fabulous birthstone jewelry.


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What is an Opal?

Most opals come from the country ofAustralia. In fact, the opal is actually the national gemstone ofAustralia. Opals are closely related to quartz, but they are entirely unique. They have an unusual internal structure that allows them to diffract light, rather than reflect it. Consequently, when you look into an opal you will see many different colors inside. While most of the stone will appear to be a milky white, deep inside you will see tiny flecks or veins of black, clear, brown, pink, magenta, rose, blue, green, orange, yellow, gray and red. This stone is gorgeous to look at.

According to, the opal is the symbol of faithfulness and confidence. In ancient times, opals were believed to protect your eyesight and repel evil!

(Check out Amazon's complete collection of opal jewelry by using this link, or see the ads for birthstone jewelry at the end of this article.)


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What is an Aquamarine?

An aquamarine is a type of beryl gemstone that has a turquoise color because it has been tinted with green and blue impurities. The word means “water of the sea,” which is appropriate because the stone almost looks like turquoise water.


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What are Agates?

Each piece of agate jewelry is completely unique. Even when one rock as been carefully sliced as a way to create several pendant size pieces, the result is that each slice is different. Even when agates are used to create earrings, each one will be slightly different from its partner. This is because of the thin stripe or bands that are commonly found running through agates. As a result, agates can be used to create truly unusual pieces of jewelry.


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What is Tourmaline?

Tourmaline is a type of crystal boron silicate mineral that is mixed with other elements, such as magnesium, iron, aluminum, sodium, potassium or lithium. It comes in a wide variety of colors and is considered a semi-precious stone. Because of the variety of colors of tourmaline available, it can be an attractive alternative to more expensive precious stones, such as sapphires, emeralds and rubies. It is not unusual for tourmaline stones to be irradiated in order to heighten their color.


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What is Coral?

Although Coral has historically been popular for use in jewelry, it is not a stone. Real coral is actually made from marine animals that live in colonies known as coral reefs. Coral is actually an important part of the ocean ecosystem, since coral reefs are home to at least 4,000 species of fish. As a result, coral reefs have begun to be protected by the environmental laws of many nations. Consequently, it is more difficult to find wild coral jewelry, anymore. Because of the popularity of the jewelry, as well as other uses that have been found for coral, coral aquaculture or coral farming is in the development stages. It is possible that these farms may be able to provide a source of beautiful, natural coral in the future.

Choosing the Best Birthstone for Your Loved One

Which birthstone is right for you? If you are a traditionalist, you may decide to purchase a lovely opal necklace or ring as your birthstone. However, if you are more adventurous, you may decide to try aquamarines, agates, tourmalines or coral as your preferred birthstone. If you are purchasing birthstone jewelry as a gift, you should either buy an opal, or discuss the alternatives with your loved one before making a final decision.

Where to Buy Birthstone Jewelry

Most jewelry stores and high end department stores will sell at least some jewelry made from opals, aquamarines and tourmalines. It will be much more difficult to find a wide selection of agate or coral jewelry. You may have better luck finding the items that interest you on websites like or

Buying Jewelry Online

When buying birthstone jewelry online, it is important to realize that the pieces are each made from unique, individual gemstones. No two stones are going to be exactly alike. As a result, the item pictured in the photograph shown on the website will almost certainly look different from the item that is delivered to your home. That is perfectly normal. You want a unique piece of jewelry that is unlike any other.

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A Heart Shaped Opal Pendant to Melt Her Heart

Star K 8mm Heart Shape Created Opal Pendant Sterling Silver
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(price as of Jan 23, 2015)
This beautiful heart-shaped opal is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry.

An Aquarine and Diamonds that She Will Love

Star K Heart Shape 12mm Simulated Aquamarine Pendant Sterling Silver
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(price as of Jan 23, 2015)
This necklace is sure to get you lots of compliments whenever you wear it!

Stunning Tourmaline set in Sterling Silver

Star K Heart Shape 8mm Simulated Green Tourmaline Pendant
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(price as of Jan 23, 2015)
Want something unique and striking? Choose this lovely green tourmaline!