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October Birthstone Jewelry

October birthstone jewelry wearers can choose between two gemstones: opal or tourmaline. The first brings to mind the flashes of lightning and fireworks. Opal has been revered throughout history as the luckiest and most magical of all gems because a rainbow of colors can appear in one stone. This gemstone was a favorite of Queen Victoria. Tourmaline, the gemstone of the rainbow, occurs in a wide range of colors. Some stones are even multi-colored. The most popular variety is pink –sometimes known as Rubellite – which is believed to promote balance and protect women. See this blog post with styling tips for wearing an opal brooch with today’s fashions.

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  • Boucher brooch with diamanté & opal art glass
    Close-up view of opal art glass
    $ 195

    Opal & Diamanté Leaf 1950s Brooch by Marcel Boucher

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    This Boucher brooch from 1950 looks like fine jewelry, with its fiery-opal art-glass center surrounded by sparkling diamanté. The setting is rhodium-plated metal with a roll-over safety clasp. Of all the Boucher pieces in this collection, I think this one is the best. How beautifully it would adorn a bridal gown!
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Bogoff brooch with pink tourmaline & diamanté
    Close-up view of stones
    $ 165

    Pink Tourmaline & Diamanté Snowflake Bogoff Brooch

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    This Bogoff brooch has hot-pink-glass stones and diamanté in a rhodium-plated setting shaped like a snowflake. This piece closes with a roll-over safety clasp. The color is elegant, and the shape is timeless. Bogoff made lovely pieces in the 1950s.
    $ 165
    $ 165
  • Hobe brooches with pink tourmaline
    Close-up view of one brooch
    $ 195

    Pink Tourmaline & Sterling Flower 1940s Hobé Brooches

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    This pair of Hobé brooches is delicate and lovely. Each is a flower with a deep-pink tourmaline (almost fuchsia) center. The sterling petals on one side are furled; those on the other side feature a beautiful open-work design that is known as fretwork. You can wear the pair together on the shoulder of a dress or jacket, or on either side of a collar. What a lovely adornment for a bride's hair! These brooches were hand-made. Although they’re marked “DESIGN PAT’D”, I have been unable to identify a design patent that looks like them.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • Pink tourmaline bracelet with alexandrite by Bogoff
    1950s Bogoff pink tourmaline & alexandrite bracelet
    $ 175

    Pink Tourmaline Bracelet with Alexandrite by Bogoff

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    This pink tourmaline bracelet has faceted pear-shaped-glass stones mounted in decorative rhodium-plated links with round alexandrite-glass accents. These smaller stones change color from blue to purple, depending on the light. Designed by Bogoff in the 1950s, this piece closes with a concealed clasp and safety chain. A rich color combination for those who look best in cool hues. Scroll down to see the matching necklace and earrings.
    $ 175
    $ 175
  • Pink tourmaline earrings with alexandrite
    Bogoff 1950s ear clips
    $ 165

    Pink Tourmaline Earrings with Alexandrite

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    These pink tourmaline earrings were made in the 1950s by Bogoff. They feature a faceted pear-shaped pink-glass stone mounted in a decorative rhodium-plated setting. The main stone is crowned with a trio of round alexandrite-glass stones. They change color from purple to blue, depending on the light. These elegant ear clips are a striking color combination that’s perfect for those who look best in cool hues. Scroll down to see the matching bracelet and necklace.
    $ 165
    $ 165
  • Pink tourmaline necklace with alexandrite, by Bogoff
    1950s Bogoff necklace with pink tourmaline and alexandrite
    $ 195

    Pink Tourmaline Necklace with Alexandrite by Bogoff

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    This pink tournaline necklace with alexandrite accents features a striking combination. The faceted pink glass stones are pear-shaped, while the light blue/purple ones are round. (Alexandrites change color according to the light source.) The setting is rhodium-plated. The focal point is a V-shaped centerpiece of six panels of stones, with a seventh positioned like a drop. In typical Bogoff style, the chain is set with alternating pink tourmaline and alexandrite stones. This stunning piece closes with an adjustable hook-and-tail clasp. Scroll down to see the matching bracelet and earrings. Perfect pieces for those who look best in cool colors.
    $ 195
    $ 195
  • $ 250

    Pink Tourmaline, Sapphire, Peridot & Sterling Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Hobé

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    A bouquet of sterling silver flowers, stems, and leaves are tied in a bow and accented with collet-set pink tourmaline, pale sapphire and peridot glass stones. This brooch, with its roll-over safety clasp, is another example of the fine hand-made 1940s sterling silver pieces Hobé is known for. I particularly love the vertical orientation of this piece. Scroll down to see one of this maker's bracelets with a floral motif that coordinate well with this brooch.
    $ 250
    $ 250