As crisp weather sneaks in, pumpkin spice takes over and the leaves begin to change in most parts of the country, we know that October is upon us. The color change is synonymous with fall.

As those who have birthdays in October begin to celebrate, the rest of us celebrate along with them, for we have two glorious gemstones to pay homage to this month. These birthstones, like the leaves, come in an abundance of colors.

Opal, the primary birthstone for October, is majestic in all of its forms, but the stones that contain maximum color play are truly captivating.

Tourmaline, the alternate birthstone for the 10th month of the year, has among the most color options in gemstones.

Here are 14 Amanda’s Style File selects to explore and celebrate October’s birthstones.


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