Tourmaline History and Lore

Posted by Julie Turpening on

 The gemstone Tourmaline is the official birthstone for October as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912.  It is also the traditional birthstone for October, the stone for the Zodiac sign of Leo, and the accepted gem for the 8th wedding anniversary.  The name Tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese (Sri Lanka) word tura mali which translates as the stone of mixed colors.  

Ancient legend says that tourmaline is found in all colors because it traveled along a rainbow and gathered all the rainbow's colors.  Tourmaline is believed to strengthen the body and spirit, especially the nervous system, blood, and lymph's.  It is also thought to inspire creativity and was used extensively as a talisman by artists and writers. 

This 376.85 carat tourmaline was carved by O. Hansen, using the colors of the tourmaline as part of the design.  Chip Clark, courtesy Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History.

Pink Tourmaline is honored to be October's birthstone with incredible colors ranging from light purplish or peachy pink to richer fuchsia and magenta.  

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Jewelry set with pink tourmaline makes a beautiful tribute for all who support the patient, those who have survived, or those who are fighting for their lives.









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