Birthday months are always a special time of the year. But did you know that your birth month also entitles you to a special gemstone adorning which can bring good fortune in your life? Your Zodiac sign might dictate your characteristics or even your horoscope, but it’s the birthstone that gets you luck and prosperity. So, all you October-borns, get yourself some beautiful jewellery flaunting the pretty Tourmaline, as this pretty gem is the birthstone that’ll bring you all the happiness & success!
- Tourmaline is a complex group of minerals with different physical properties and different chemical compositions which result in various different colors.
- The gemstone gets its name from the Sinhalese ‘tura mali’ which means ‘stone of mixed colors’.
- This mesmerizing stone flaunts various hues in every shade of the rainbow.
- Tourmalines show a hardness of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale.
- This gemstone is mined in Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Brazil, Madagascar, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S.
- Tourmalines can be electrically charged through heat or pressure, and the charge can also turn it into a magnet.
- People believe that this gem can help as a shield against pollutants, toxins, radiation and even negative thoughts.
- These stones not only come in a variety of rainbow hues, but also as bi-colored or tri-colored gems.
- One such multi-colored variety is the Watermelon Tourmaline which flaunts green, pink & white bands.
- Because of its wide range of colors, Tourmalines have been mistaken as other stones throughout history.
- According to Egyptian legends, Tourmalines found their array of colors when, on the journey up from the earth’s centre, they passed through a rainbow.
- A green Tourmaline was found in Brazil in the 1500s by a Spanish conqueror and mistaken for emerald till the 1800s when mineralogists identified it as a Tourmaline due to its mineral composition.
- The Dutch East Indian Company carried Tourmalines from Sri Lankan mines to Europe for centuries,
- Native Americans used to give various colors of Tourmalines as funeral gifts.
- The Chinese Empress Dowager Cixi was extremely fond of pink Tourmalines and bought loads of it from mines in San Diego.
- In 1876, mineralogist George Kunz sold green Tourmalines from Maine to renowned jewellers Tiffany & Co.
- In the 80s & 90s, Tourmalines mined in Paraiba region of Brazil came in striking hues of neon greens, radiant blues and vivid violets. This region has produced some of the world’s finest Tourmalines, including the largest variety of this gemstone in the world which weighs a whopping 191.87 carats!
- Ancient magicians used the black Tourmaline as a talisman against evil forces and negative energy.
- Tourmalines possess the properties for balancing the chakras.
- This stone increases self-confidence and helps reduce fear & insecurities.
- It’s said to balance the right and the left sides of the brain.
- Tourmalines improve hand-eye co-ordination and help overcome dyslexia.
- They help achieve inspiration, tolerance, compassion & prosperity.
- Black Tourmalines protect against negativity, enhancing physical vitality, intellectual acumen and emotional stability.
- Orange Tourmaline enhances creativity.
- Yellow Tourmalines boost personal and spiritual growth.
- Green Tourmalines help achieve success and abundance.
- Blue Tourmalines assist in achievement of knowledge and inner enlightenment.
- Pink or Watermelon Tourmalines helps gain unconditional love.
- Tourmalines come in a wide variety of color, thanks to its complex mineral composition.
- Black Tourmalines or Schorls make up almost 95% of the total amount of this gemstone available worldwide. They come in shades ranging from dark brown to bluish-black.
- Brown Tourmalines or Dravites have high Magnesium content, with colors ranging from yellow to brown.
- Red Tourmalines or Rubellites are rich in Manganese and appear in various shades – from light pinks to rich reds.
- Blue Tourmalines, also called Indicolites, range from bluish green to bluish purple, as per the amount of iron & titanium in them.
- Green Tourmalines or Verdelites get their vivid green color from the chrome & vanadium present in them.
- Intense purple Tourmalines have been recently found in Paraiba, Brazil and are one of the most desirable varieties of this gemstone due to their attractive color. They are more popularly known as Paraiba Tourmalines.
- There is also a rare variety of colorless Tourmalines called Achroites.
- These gemstones are also found in a parti-colored variety, mostly flaunting mixed hues of pink & green with a red centre.
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