If you’re lucky enough to be born in October, you get not one, but two different birthstones to choose from: opal and tourmaline. While those October birthdays can find a range of jewelry in both, we can’t deny that the opal is our favorite of the two.
Nothing against tourmaline or anything—we love the light pink and green “watermelon” detail of the stone and all, but something about the iridescence of the opal makes us swoon.
Not only is the opal a beautiful stone, but it also has quite the associated history and folklore. The opal has long symbolized hope in a wide range of ancient cultures and also was said to make its wearer invisible, thus making it a talisman of ancient spies and thieves. Some cultures believed that it fell from the heavens when lightning struck the earth. It’s also believed to have an effect on physical ailments, from curing eye infections (so long, pink eye!) to calming anxious nerves and strengthening memory.
We rounded up 14 pieces of opal jewelry that are more than just your typical birthstone baubles. These unique, interesting styles—at a range of price points, of course—make the best gifts for any Libras and Scorpios you want to show a little love to this month (ahem, including yourself).
Click through the gallery below to check out our picks.