What to Buy an October Baby?
by Lars Larsen
October 5, 2014 / Coloured Gemstones
If your birthday is in October you are one of the lucky ones who are blessed with more than one birthstone. The colourful Tourmalines and Opals are the birthstones of October. With so many varieties on offer no parent, sister, friend or lover has the excuse of being stuck for ideas!
Opals are an exquisite choice, which lend themselves to many different styles and designs. Today, however, we are going to talk about the ever so stunning Tourmaline.
Tourmalines are a favourite amongst many because of the rainbow of colours they are available in. Out of all the gemstones available Tourmaline has the greatest colour range, from beautiful pinks to purples and yellows to greens – there is something for everyone. The most common shades are the pink and green varieties whilst the rarest and most sought after is the electric coloured Paraiba Tourmaline that comes in shades of blue, green and turquoise.
Another rare and colourful Tourmaline is the beautiful parti-coloured variety. Gemmologists appropriately refer to these as ‘Watermelon’ Tourmalines. These look exactly as you may imagine; a beautiful combination of green and pink. A typical Watermelon Tourmaline crystal, when sliced, will appear green on the outside with a pink / red centre.
Although, the rare Paraiba Tourmaline demands a premium, the other more available varieties make Tourmalines an affordable option when choosing a gemstone for a jewellery purchase. The beautiful green Tourmalines can make a wonderful alternative to Emerald’s and Tsavorite Garnets.
The vibrant and colourful nature of Tourmaline, lends itself perfectly to dress rings or any other colourful, custom-made fine jewellery item. They demand attention, beg for creativeness and are widely loved by jewellers.
Tourmalines were first discovered in Brazil in the 1500’s but were mistaken for Emeralds. They weren’t identified Tourmaline until the 1800’s. It is also quite likely that due to the array of colours available they were confused for other gem varieties. This mistaken identity had an influence on its name, which is derived from the Sri Lankan word ‘toramalli’ meaning ‘confused gems’.
It is interesting to note that Tourmaline is renowned as being one of the most significant gemstones for metaphysical use. Because Tourmaline can be found all over the world, there are numerous records from throughout history of its’ use in healing a variety of ailments; in particular to support the nervous system, blood and lymph nodes. In India Tourmaline was used to promote insight into the good in one’s life and to identify evil and trouble. In Africa and Native American cultures Tourmaline has been, and still is today, worn as a talisman to ward off evil and protect against danger. On top of all this, perhaps because of the beautiful range of colours Tourmaline comes in, it is also believed to promote creativity.
Tourmaline is clearly a wonderful choice of gemstone for any custom-made jewellery piece. With such a wonderful assortment of colours there is one for everyone! If you are looking for a birthday gift for someone special, or perhaps yourself, contact us at Larsen Jewellery to view a selection of these wonderful gems!