Two birthstones are assigned to the month of October, the fiery Opal and the colorful Tourmaline, which we will examine further in the following lines. To me, the Tourmaline stands for joy. Why? Well, it is available in a full rainbow of hues, in fact sometimes comes with all the colors of the rainbow combined in one piece. This property made the ancient Egyptians believe, that while traveling to the earth’s surface, these gemstones passed over a rainbow causing them to absorb all the colors of the rainbow in the process. The origin of this gemstones name is just as chaotic and lovable as its color scheme...
The name Tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese term “turmali,” which was the name given to all colored crystals on the island of Sri Lanka at that time. This all inclusive name indicates the inability of ancient gem dealers to differentiate tourmaline from other stones. In fact, at one time in history, pink and red Tourmaline were thought to be rubies. Pink tourmaline tends to be pinker in color than ruby. However, their similarities in appearance are so strong that the stones in the Russian crown jewels believed to be rubies for centuries, are now known to be Tourmalines. The specific colors enhance the qualities such as yellow represents self esteem, green for health, pink for love and blue for serenity. The black stone is said to have a protective quality since the color black symbolizes unlimited power.
The pink tourmaline might be one of the important October birthstone gifts you can give your loved one as well since it is said to have the power to heal and open the heart. From the metaphysical perspective, pink tourmaline is said to reduce stress and anxiety, reduce clumsiness, and even treat motion sickness. Some crystal healing experts recommend it as an excellent stone for children, as it is said to soothe, calm, and help the child consider consequences before acting.
Tourmaline has become a favorite gemstone among jewelry designers and gem collectors the world over. Since it is available in a wide variety of colors, it is ideally suited to almost anyone's taste. In fact, it comes in every color of the spectrum.
At one point in time, there was a different name for each color of tourmaline, but now they are all generally referred to as tourmaline, only with the color’s name added as a prefix. Pink tourmaline is the rarest member of the tourmaline family. It is more rare than ruby in fact! Oftentimes, Tourmaline occurs as beautifully formed, elongated crystals with a distinctive rounded triangular shape in the cross section. Tourmaline varies in hardness. Some stones rank slightly below some of the quartz gems, and others are about equal to emeralds.
However, if treated with a bit of love and care, just like Amethyst and Emerald, a Tourmaline will last for thousands of years and makes for an ideal jewelry gift to pass on to the following generations. Find a small selection of our Tourmaline pieces here.