Tourmaline October Birthstone
Pink Tourmaline has one of the widest colour ranges of any gem species. Pink Tourmaline may vary in colour from pale pink to deep red, and in clarity from flawless transparent gems to opaque rough crystals.
People have probably used Tourmaline as a gemstone for centuries, but until the development of modern mineralogy, they identified it as some other stones, mostly Rubies. Pink Tourmaline tends to be pinker in colour 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 thought to be Tourmalines. The Chinese have engraved and carved figures with Tourmaline for many centuries, and ancient examples are still displayed in museums, a testament to the durability of the stone.
The word Tourmaline takes its origins from the Singhalese phrase “tura mali,” meaning “stone mixed with vibrant colours.” Tourmaline belongs to a complex family of aluminum borosilicates mixed with iron, magnesium, or other various metals that, depending on the proportions of its components, may form as red, pink, yellow, brown, black, green, blue or violet. Tourmaline is found in many localities including Brazil, Afghanistan, East Africa, and the USA.
The stone was first discovered by Dutch traders off the West Coast of Italy in the late 1600’s or early 1700’s. Its vast popularity as a gemstone began in 1876, when mineralogist and jeweller George Kunz sold a Green Tourmaline from Maine to the famous Tiffany and Co. in New York, and its desirability spread. More recently it has become a favourite of metaphysical collectors and practitioners for its versatile energy properties.
One of Tourmaline’s most distinguishing properties is its ability to become electrically charged simply by heating or rubbing it. When the gemstone is put under greater amounts of pressure or when it is dramatically heated or cooled, it creates an electrical charge capable of emitting infrared waves and negative ions. When charged, one end becomes positive and the other negative, allowing it to attract particles of dust or bits of paper.
A favourite among the Tourmalines is a variety known as Watermelon Tourmaline, named for its pink centre surrounded by an outer green “rind”. While Pink Tourmaline is associated with the emotions, Green Tourmaline is beneficial in one’s physical being. Together they link to the higher self, and are believed to bring true joy to one’s life and relationships. Wearing Pink Tourmaline throughout the day helps release stress, worries, depression and anxiety. Pink Tourmaline is an extraordinary crystal for cleansing the emotional body of destructive feelings and old wounds accumulated over time. Furthermore, Tourmaline produces a detoxifying, cleansing effect on the nervous system, as well as the organs and tissues of the body. It has been shown as a useful aid for improving circulation, reducing stress, improving brain alertness and activating the immune system.