October Birthstones And Flowers: Strange Histories And Qualities

Both of October birthstones and flowers have intriguing meanings and strange qualities. One stone attracts small things to itself while one flower can make you drunk!

Curious yet?

Here are some interesting facts and myths to include in the birthday card for when you give an October birthstone or birth flower gift!

Traditional Birthstone

Modern Birthstone

October Birth Flowers

October Birthstone and Color

October Birthstones


Even though this month has 2 official birthstones, the color of choice is typically pink, correlating with the modern birthstone – pink tourmaline. Pink is associated with romance, good health and unconditional love.

The alternative color is white like the traditional opal birthstone. White symbolizes purity and integrity.

Interesting Tidbit: We use pink to symbolize girls, but it used to be the color for boys!

October Birthstone - Opal

TRADITIONAL: Opal Birthstone

Opal is the national stone of Australia. It is also a more fragile gem – so it needs to be handled with more care than other gemstones.

Quote About Opal

“There is in them a softer fire than in the carbuncle, there is the brilliant purple of the amethyst; there is the sea-green of the emerald — all shining together in incredible union. Some by their refulgent splendor rival the colors of the painters, others the flame of burning sulphur or of fire quickened by oil.”

The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, pg 145

Opal Birthstone Meaning

Imagination, Creativity, Innocence, Fidelity, Hope

Opal is said to encourage a strong sense of imagination, ingenuity and playfulness. It is soothing during turbulent times of life, brings feelings of self-worth and vibrancy to relationships of love.

Opal Facts and Mythology

One of my favorite legends tells a tale that lightning struck a stone, and the bright colors were entrapped creating the colorful sprays found in opal. In ancient times, it was also believed to make one invisible and help with eyesight.

Pliny the Elder, a particularly dry author of a natural history encyclopedia written in 77-79 AD, took the time to write about the opal (see quote).

October Birthstone - Tourmaline

Pink Tourmaline Birthstone

Tourmaline was discovered in the 18th century – making it a very modern addition compared to its ancient equivalents on the birthstone list.

Tourmaline Birthstone Meaning

Flexibility, Happiness, Objectivity, Tolerance, Serenity

Tourmaline is believed to increase creativity, heal emotional scars, and give comfort and a sense of safety to the wearer. It is also said to increase faith and bring a greater sense of charity to the heart of the wearer.

Tourmaline Facts and Mythology

Tourmaline is also known as a stone of attraction. It has a unique, scientific and magical element to it. When the stone is heated or rubbed, it generates a certain static electricity that attracts small things to its surface.

October Birth Flower - Hops

October Birth Flowers


Marigolds are October’s modern birth flower. Its name means “Mary’s Gold” because this was rumored to be the Virgin Mary’s flower.

I have a particular affinity for marigolds. My sister used to harvest marigold seeds, and my little niece wanted to grow some flowers. She approached my sister and said, “Auntie, can I have some of your miracle seeds?” Since then, I look at these vibrant, happy flowers as a symbol of happiness and beautiful miracles in my own life.

As for official meaning and symbolism, marigolds represent affection, wealth, and contentment.


Hops are October’s traditional birth flower. They look like green pine cones and symbolize good cheer, merriment and contentment.

Funny… isn’t it fitting that this bitter herb (hops) which means “merriment” would be a common ingredient in beer?

Sources: See sources listed on the Birthstone Color Chart page.

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