Lucky Librans have myriad sparkling shades to choose from
People born in the month of October are actually fortunate enough to have two rainbow-hued birthstones. Their first birthstone, the opal, has long been considered a symbol of hope, truth and purity (so particularly perfect for right now, it seems) and it has a famously iridescent, multi-coloured glow thanks to microscopic spheres of silica within its composition. The Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder even documented the gemstone's incredible shade-shifting properties around the first century AD: "..In them you shall see the living fire of ruby, the glorious purple of the amethyst, the sea-green of the emerald, all glittering together in an incredible mixture of light."
October's second birthstone is the tourmaline, which has a name derived from the Sinhalese word 'toramalli', meaning "stone with mixed colours". It can be found all over the world - particularly Brazil, the United States, Pakistan, Kenya and Mozambique - and in almost every shade imaginable, from pale gold and bright red to neon blue (precious Paraiba tourmalines) and even multi-coloured varieties (watermelon tourmaline, anyone?).
So if you're looking for a dazzling new addition to your jewellery collection, here are the most beautiful opals and tourmalines worth investing in right now.