Tourmaline is well known as the October birthstone, and has traditionally been given as a gift on the 8th wedding anniversary. Known as a stone of the heart, is is said to bring joy for life, helping the wearer appreciate life’s wonders as well as encouraging compassion for others. Tourmaline is also believed to stimulate creativity by attracting inspiration. As an emotional balancer, it is thought to relieve stress, calm the nerves, and build self confidence in those who wear it.
The name Tourmaline derives from an early Sri Lankan word, in reference to the brightly colored gemstones found there since ancient times. Today it is found in a number of other places including Brazil, Afghanistan, East Africa, and the United States. Among the most versatile of gemstones, it naturally occurs in all colors of the rainbow, including many subtle “in between” shades such as sea green, teal, and peach. Exceptional varieties include deep red Rubellite, intense blue Indicolite and bright green Chrome Tourmaline.
Often Tourmaline occurs in multiple colors within the same crystal. The most well known example of this is called watermelon Tourmaline, where the crystal grows outward from pink in the center to an outer “rind”of green. Tourmaline can also display a color change, from orange-red in incandescent light to yellow-green in natural daylight. Another fascinating property Tourmaline can have is chatoyancy, or cat’s eye effect, which occurs in many of its colors, but is most commonly seen in green and pink varieties.
This ring by Susan M. Phipps of Susan Marie Designs is a pink Tourmaline. It displays the rich color saturation that can be present in some Tourmalines. It was chosen for its vibrancy and clarity, which the excellent cut showcases.