October babies, let your voices be heard! This is your month, and is definitely your time to shine. As you probably already know, the gemstone Pink Tourmaline (or Tourmaline, for short) is associated with your birth month, but do you have any idea how the two were linked together? Do you know which astrology sign is associated with it? What is the secret behind its adorable yet elegant pink shade?
Are you a fan of cutesy stuff and collectibles? Then you surely will love this stone — even if you aren’t born in October. The Pink Tourmaline is by far and arguably one of the gemstone world’s best representatives of a person’s “inner woman” and her playfulness and love for visually pleasing materials. Truly, none can ever match its carnation beauty, and that fact alone has allowed the stone to become a favorite go-to gemstone for all sorts of outfits. Are you wearing pink to a certain event? Have a Pink Tourmaline with you! But not before we discuss a few facts about it.
Are you ready for this? If you think you already know a lot about this lovely gemstone, think again. Here we are going to discuss some astonishing and exciting facts about pink tourmalines.
Facts About the Pink Tourmaline
To start off, the pink shade that we all know and love is just one type of Tourmaline called Rubellite. Said color can even appear darker, up to shades of red. Tourmaline actually comes in a multitude of colors (talk about versatility!) — and it can even be transparent or opaque! Other species include:
- Achrolite — colorless;
- Schorl — grayish to black;
- Davite — orange, yellow, green, brown to white;
- Indicolite — blue to greenish blue.
If you’re not a fan of boring solid-color stones, don’t fret; the Tourmaline has more to offer.
Multi-colored Tourmalines naturally exist but are rather rare and exotic. There is one called “Watermelon” due to its resemblance to that of the fruit in terms of color — it is a Pink Tourmaline with a greenish exterior. The “Cat’s Eye” Tourmaline resembles that of, well, a cat’s eye in its finished state. A variation called “Mohrenkopf” has a translucent to colorless center and shades of black at each of the stone’s ends.
Pink Tourmalines, particularly the Rubellite, are often confused with — yep, you’ve guessed that right — rubies, because of their similarities in their color shade. Although the former is has a pinker shade, it is still relatively hard for commoners and enthusiasts to virtually determine the difference between the two.
Regardless of the color you choose, all Tourmalines should intensify (or even change!) in color when held in specific angles.
True Pink Tourmalines are mainly found in Sri Lanka, which is probably the reason why the gemstone’s name can be rooted from the country’s ancient language Sinhalese (though it is still spoken by natives up to this day). “Tourmaline” is derived from the term “tourmali”, which means a precious stone of mixed colors, or “turamali”, which means a precious small thing derived from the earth.
Other significant Tourmaline mines are located in Russia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Myanmar and even in the state of California and Maine.
According to a post by Turley Jewelers:
“In 1812, the National Association of Jewelers (renamed Jewelers of America) revised their official list of birthstones. The new list was named the “modern” list, and its predecessor was renamed the “traditional” list. The birthstone lists of several ancient cultures – Arabic, Hebrew, Hindu, Italian, Polish, Roman, and Russian – became part of a single “ancient” list.
Two gems were designated for the month of October – Tourmaline and Opal. Pink is the color most often associated with this birthstone. The truth is that Pink Tourmaline shares this distinction with its entire tourmaline family. All of hues of tourmaline qualify equally as October’s birthstone. As a stand-alone color, the lovely Pink Tourmaline did not make it to anyone’s list.”
You come home after a long, tiring day, and you find that your Tourmaline is covered in dust?! What the what!
This is because of the gemstone’s unique and very complex molecular structure. When it is warmed by heat (pyroelectric) or by friction from rubbing (piezoelectric), the gemstone will acquire a negative charge and a positive charge at opposite ends, thus allowing it to enter the charged state. Here, the Tourmaline will have a tendency to attract lightweight matter such as dust and other small particles.
During ancient Indian times, the Rubellite was often linked to elements of the sun, fire and positive energy in general. The gemstone was also used as a warning for any unforeseen dangers, to help the bearer in seeking out the goodness within him or her, and to stimulate creativity and openness to new ideas.
Today, various cultures wear a Rubellite as a talisman, often used to ward off evil spirits and presences and to draw powers of healing (both physical and emotional, especially those who are suffering from heartbreaks). The Rubellite is also said to enhance one’s self-confidence, renew vitality and attract passion and intimacy. Others claim it to ward off stress and anxiety.
“In 1989, a group of prospectors discovered what are regarded as the finest tourmaline crystals ever found in a small mountain range in the state of Paraiba in South America. Due to the presence of copper, the stones have a vivid, bright turquoise color and have been valued at over $5,000 per carat.”
Pink Tourmaline Jewelry by Kaylee Jackson
Who doesn’t love a shiny, shimmering adorable pink?! Pink Tourmalines add an elegant and lovely touch to any outfit — be it casual or formal. Oh, what joy would it bring to have a simple yet stunning and eye-catching piece of jewelry as part of your collection!
Pink Tourmalines are truly a unique gift for any occasion. Both Libras and Scorpios get to enjoy them as their birthstone. If you or someone you know was born in October, or you simply have a thing for pink jewelry, you can check out our huge collection here — we surely have something that will suit anyone’s taste.