Tourmaline is the birthstone of October and has its name from the Sinhalese word “turmali”, which is a term for precious stones of mixed colours. The tourmaline is a lovely gemstone that holds a uniquely broad colour span of red, pink, green, yellow and even blue hues. It is no wonder, that the tourmaline is nicknamed “the rainbow gemstone”. These numerous colour varieties make this gemstone incredibly versatile, and ideal for creating unique jewellery pieces. Read on, if you would like to know more about the fascinating tourmaline! ♡ Shiri
The tourmaline is the birthstone for October, accompanied by the lovely opal. A fine piece of jewellery set with one of the many colour varieties of the tourmaline is a gorgeous gift, which will be especially fitting for someone born in the month of October. Wearing the gemstone assigned to the month of your birth is said to bring good luck.
Tourmaline is usually gifted on the 8th wedding anniversary. A wonderful piece of tourmaline jewellery will be an excellent gift to mark this special milestone.
The spiritual qualities of the tourmaline include: Strength, confidence, compassion and tolerance. As the tourmaline is a gemstone that centres around understanding others as well as oneself, it has been said to have a positive impact on self-confidence. The tourmaline is also a vital gemstone, as it is believed to promote good energy and inspiration.
For a long time, tourmalines were continuously mistaken for other red and green gemstones. In Europe, it was not until the 1800s that tourmaline was distinguished from other minerals. Tourmalines became significantly popular during the last half of the 1800s, as the Dowager Empress of China, Tzu Hsi, displayed her passion for tourmalines. The precious gemstone was worn as decoration in beautiful jewellery pieces but was also used to adorn various precious objects.
An ancient Egyptian legend tells that the tourmaline gemstone achieved its beautiful array of colours from a rainbow, as it was travelling up from the centre of the Earth.
The tourmaline is made of aluminium boron silicate. Which colour the tourmaline takes on, is determined by the presence of other elements such as iron, titanium and manganese during its formation. One single crystal can display several colours and can typically be found in shades of red, pink, green, yellow and blue. Some tourmaline can display the optical phenomenon of chatoyancy, also known as a cat-eye effect. The tourmaline is categorized on 7-7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Sources of tourmaline are found in Brazil, the USA, Sri Lanka, Russia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Mozambique and Afghanistan.