The Enchanting Colors of the October Gem Tourmaline

Tourmaline is October’s alternate birthstone along with opal, and it is famous for it’s variety of colors beyond compare. According to an Egyptian legend, the gem traveled a long journey to reach the top coming from the center of the Earth. It passed over the rainbow and assumed the rainbows rich colors in the process. It is still being referred today as the gemstone of the rainbow.

Amazing Tiffany tourmaline earringsHistory of the Colorful October Birthstone

Tourmaline was discovered by a Dutch trader during the 1600s to early 1700s off the West Coast of Italy. The name was derived from the Sinhalese term “turmali” which is the given name of all the colored crystals found on the island of Sri Lanka.

Gem dealers could not differentiate the October birthstone from other stones. At one point in history, the red and pink ones were once mistaken as rubies, although pink ones tend to be more pink than ruby. Because of their strong similarities, the stones that have given magnificence to the crown jewels of Russia which are believed to be rubies for hundreds of years are now being suspected to be the October birthstone.

The gemstone became the official birthstone for October in 1912 as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers. It is also the stone affiliated with Leo and Libra, and it is the accepted stone to represent 8th wedding anniversary. The gems registered 7 to 7.5 on the Moh’s scale of hardness.

Colorful Facts About the Colorful Stone

Tourmaline is available in a wide array of colors ranging from black to bluish-black, blue to neon blue, dark brown, medium brown, yellow, lime to dark green, red, reddish purple, pink, and clear crystal.

Tourmaline - watermelon colorThese stones can also be seen in fascinating display of color that may be green at one end turning to pink while reaching the other end of the gem. Watermelon colored ones have green color outside and pink color inside, hence the term watermelon color. There are also gems that change color when viewed at different angles. You might be seeing green at your end when you hold it, but the one at the other side of the stone might be seeing a different color.

The most expensive ones are blue indicolite, pink rubellite, and green verdelite. The Cat’s Eye Tourmaline can remind you of a cat’s eye and the chrome ones are often confused as emerald or tsavorite garnet.

Chinese used to engrave or carve figures on or using the stone for years, and the proof can be viewed in museums that also serve as testimony of the gem’s durability.

Tourmaline - braceletSome people believed in the 18th century that the stone can help those people in creative fields make better of themselves in their chosen career. During the same time, a Dutch scientist claimed that the gem wrapped in silk would make the child fall asleep when placed against the feverish child’s cheek. In Africa, it was used to awaken the person from dream of illusion. In India’s ancient ceremonies, the gem was used as a guide to insights and to discover what is good.

Alchemists valued the stone, and they believed that the gem was related to the philosopher’s stone which they believed would give them spiritual powers, enlightenment, reconcile opposites, and able to change metals into pure gold.

The gem is also being used today by tribes as the talisman that will protect them from any harm.

The Colorful Gem and Astrology

Tourmaline gemstonesTourmaline protects the wearer against misfortune and all forms of dangers. It can enhance the creativity of people with artistic capabilities born under the protection of the said gemstone just as long as the people born under it wear them constantly. It is also believed that it can strengthen one’s body and spirit, the nervous system, lymph, and blood.

The gemstone can calm the nerves, fights genetic disorder, regulates hormones, induces tranquility in sleep, relieves arthritis, and helps fight off heart disease.

It can be very effective for other people, but they can be most effective for people born under its protection and guidance. It can dispel negativity, fear, grief, and bad luck.