Interesting Facts about October Birthstone Tourmaline
October is here, and if you have a loved one with a birthday coming up you may be considering buying them jewelry with their birthstone. Tourmaline is one of the birthstones for October and it’s also one of the top unique gemstones for 2019. It’s a beautiful stone that comes in a unique variety of shapes and colors so that everyone can find something to fit their style. It also has a hardness of 7.5 on the Mohs scale, making a sturdy stone for everyday wear.
There’s a lot about Tourmaline that doesn’t happen to meet the eye, however, so here are the top five facts about October’s birthstone: Tourmaline.
Tourmaline comes in almost every color.
From the deepest of blues and greens to the lightest of pinks and yellow, this stone comes in nearly every color. A certain species of tourmaline, called schorl, can even come in black or dark brown. It’s thanks to this amazing coloration that this stone has earned the title of the Rainbow Gemstone. There’s even a story behind this coloration stating that tourmaline passed through a rainbow on the way to the earth. If that wasn’t proof enough of this stone’s colors, its name comes from the Sinhalese words for ‘stone of mixed colors’.
Tourmaline can be as clear as a diamond.
The only thing better than a wide variety of stunning colors is a colorful stone that allows light to pass through, creating a majestic effect that will leave onlookers in awe. While many stones boast clarity as a strong point, not many are as clear as diamond-like tourmaline is.
Tourmaline is believed to be a highly spiritual stone.
Tourmaline has been used as a talisman by everyone from writers to spiritual guides thanks to its holistic properties. This stone is said to boost creativity while strengthening the body and spirit. Keeping this stone close, such as on a piece of jewelry, is a great way to reap these effects all the time.
Tourmaline is one of the most sought out gems in the world.
There is a certain species of tourmaline, known as the Paraiba Tourmaline due to the location it was first found in the 1980s, which is one of the most desired gemstones in the world. This rare stone, thanks to the presence of copper within it, has a unique blue-green color that gives off an incandescent glow that has been attracting people all over the world since its discovery. These are so rare that for every 10,000 diamonds found in the world, only one Paraiba Tourmaline is found.
Also, while tourmaline overall is only a semi-precious stone, there are some varieties and species that rarer – and more valuable – than diamonds.
Tourmaline wasn’t originally recognized as its own stone.
While this may be surprising due to its uniqueness, up until the 1800s, tourmaline was often mistaken with other stones such as emeralds or topaz. In fact, when the stone was first found in 1554, the Spanish explorer who found it thought it was an emerald.