Celebrate the Season With Stunning Fall Birthstone Jewelry
September 13, 2023
In this guide, we'll explore the captivating world of fall birthstones and discover some corresponding jewelry pieces, including opal necklaces, citrine rings, topaz earrings, pink tourmaline necklaces, and sapphire stud earrings.
What is September’s Birthstone?
What is October’s Birthstone?
- The Opal Birthstone
- The Pink Tourmaline Birthstone
What is November’s Birthstone?
- The Citrine Birthstone
- The Topaz Birthstone
What Is September’s Birthstone?
As summer fades into autumn, September birthdays are celebrated with the serene sapphire. Prized by royalty throughout human history, sapphire is a regal representation of those born in September.
Considered one of the “Big Four” gems (alongside ruby, diamond and emerald) for its long history and significant cultural impact, sapphires consistently rank as one of the most popular colored gems on the market. This gemstone’s deep blues capture the essence of early autumn, as clear skies and crisp waters slowly cool down.
Historically, sapphire was prized for its supposed ability to grant wisdom. Coveted by members of high society, sapphire became an emblem of nobility, and to this day one can’t help but feel like royalty in the presence of a sapphire.
If you’re looking to spoil a September baby or simply to treat yourself, you can’t go wrong with a pair of striking sapphire stud earrings. Wear this timeless gemstone to instantly elevate your attire, adding class and sophistication to casual or formal looks.
What is October’s Birthstone?
It’s a month of pumpkin carving, spooky costumes and corn mazes. As if that weren’t fun enough, those lucky enough to be born in October, get two officially recognized birthstones to choose from. Opal is the traditional birthstone for October, while pink tourmaline is the modern alternative birthstone for October.
The Opal Birthstone
Opal makes an excellent companion to the shifting shades of autumn. Opals are known for a captivating visual effect called play of color. Looking into an opal, you can see almost every color of the rainbow in a dazzling dance. This shimmering stone reflects everything from fiery fall sunsets to the golden swirl of changing autumn leaves.
The kaleidoscopic opal has long been a source of legends. Some Arabic cultures believed that opals fell from the sky alongside bolts of lightning, while ancient Romans thought opals contained the properties of all precious gems within their many colors.
Though we tend to picture opals as milky white, they can be found in other colors depending on the region in which they form. Australia is the world’s main source of black opals, while bright orange fire opals can be found in Mexico.
Whether you’re an October baby or a gemstone enthusiast, opal jewelry is simply stunning. However, opals are not a particularly strong stone. Ranking at a 5 on the Mohs hardness scale (diamonds are a 10), opals are fairly easily scratched and chipped. This means that opals are better suited to necklaces and earrings than bracelets and rings, since our hands tend to take a lot of damage throughout the day.
Opal necklaces tend to be statement pieces. After all, it’s hard not to make an opal the center of attention! Whether set in a delicate pendant or strung together in a multi-stone necklace, opals add a touch of magic to any ensemble. Their unique color-shifting properties make them a versatile choice that complements both daytime and evening looks.
The Tourmaline Birthstone
Those with a penchant for pink will fall in love with the delicate beauty of pink tourmaline. This gemstone comes in a range of pink shades, from soft pastels to deeper hues, adding a touch of romance to the fall season.
In fact, tourmaline comes in many colors other than pink, including many shades of blue and green. A rare variety of pink and green tourmaline is known as ‘watermelon’ tourmaline.
It has even been confused for other gemstones throughout history, and was not properly identified as its own gemstone until the late 1800s.
Tourmaline has long been associated with intuition and creativity. Historically, it was valued by actors, writers and artists for these supposed properties. Now, in addition to being October’s alternative birthstone, it is the traditional gem gift for the eighth wedding anniversary.
A pink tourmaline necklace is a charming choice for eighth anniversaries, October birthdays, or anyone seeking out some color to brighten up their days. Whether worn as a solitary pendant or combined with complementary gemstones, a pink tourmaline necklace makes a sweet addition to your jewelry box.
What is November’s Birthstone?
In November, we count our blessings, share our gratitude, and start hunkering down for the winter. As the world cools down, heat up your jewelry box with the glow of a new gemstone. Like October babies, November babies are also spoiled for choice with two birthstone options. Citrine is the traditional birthstone for November, while topaz is the alternative birthstone for November.
The Citrine Birthstone
Citrine’s golden glow captures all the earthy beauty of an autumn day. This gemstone runs the color spectrum from yellowish-orange to deep amber, echoing the warm tones of autumn leaves. On rare occasions, citrine can form together with amethyst, creating a purple and orange gem known as ametrine.
Citrine is a member of the quartz mineral family. This bright gemstones’s name is most likely derived from the French word citron, meaning “lemon.” It is mostly found in Brazil, but deposits exist in Russia, Madagascar and France, as well.
Said to bring optimism and joy, citrine is the perfect gemstone to keep you smiling through the transition from fall to winter. It’s hard not to smile when looking at a sunny citrine. Additionally, the citrine has been associated with abundance, making it a perfect gemstone for a month of gratitude and thanksgiving.
Citrine ranks at a 7 out of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale, so while it requires some care, it is suitable to be worn on the hands. A citrine ring brings a burst of warmth to the cooler months, whether set in a solitaire design or accented with complementary gemstones. This joyful gem makes a statement that's both elegant and vibrant.
The Topaz Birthstone
In its purest state, topaz is colorless, but tiny amounts of other minerals transform topaz into beautiful shades of blue, orange and more.
The origins of its name are disputed. Some believe it is derived from Topazios, a Greek island where it was once mined. Others believe it comes from the Sanskrit word tapas, meaning “fire.” In addition to being one of November’s birthstones, topaz is the state gem for both Utah and Texas.Topaz is said to promote honesty and communication.
Topaz earrings are a delightful way to showcase this birthstone's soothing beauty. In delicate studs or intricate dangling designs, blue topaz earrings lend an air of sophistication to any outfit. Their soft hues effortlessly complement fall's subdued color palette, making them a versatile addition to your jewelry collection.
Embrace the Magic of Fall Birthstones at Dean’s Jewelry
Fall birthstones encompass a rich palette of colors and meanings, perfectly encapsulating the spirit of the season. Whether you're celebrating a fall birthday or just appreciating the beauty of these gemstones, there's a birthstone and corresponding jewelry piece out there that will resonate with you. From the enchanting play of colors in opal necklaces to the warm glow of citrine rings, each birthstone jewelry piece tells a unique story and allows you to carry the beauty of fall with you wherever you go.
So, as the leaves rustle and the air grows cooler, take a moment to explore the world of fall birthstones. We invite you to visit us at Dean’s Jewelry, with locations in Coshocton and Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Our jewelry experts will help you find fall birthstone pieces to keep you shining bright through this season and beyond.