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Happy Birthday, Tourmaline!

Updated: Nov 3, 2021

Did you know that tourmaline is also known as the rainbow gemstone?

As the name suggests, it comes in wide variety of colours.

selection of loose multi coloured tourmaline

Let's take a look at some fun facts about these wonderful gems:

  • The word Tourmaline derives from ‘Tourmali’, which translates to ‘precious mixed-color gem’ from Sinhalese (Sri Lanka)

  • Ancient Egyptians believed that tourmaline's variety of colours came from the gems breaking through a rainbow while pushing their way up to the Earth

  • Green Tourmaline is often confused with emerald, tsavorite garnet and peridot

  • As the majority of tourmaline comes from Brazil, some call green tourmaline "Brazilian" emerald

oval green tourmaline and diamond halo white gold ring


The majority of tourmaline comes from Brazil, Nigeria, Zambia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania and Kenya.

selection of loose oval pink tourmaline


Green and Pink Tourmaline are considered plentiful and relatively inexpensive.

They are available in a large variety of shapes and sizes making it perfect for large statement pieces such as cocktail rings as well as smaller jewellery items.

round green tourmaline and diamond halo rose gold stud earrings

Tourmaline is considerably less expensive than diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, aquamarine and alexandrite.

But it is more expensive than amethyst, garnet, peridot, citrine and topaz.

Many of my clients are pleasantly surprised by how affordable this gorgeous coloured stone really is.

pear shape pink tourmaline and diamond halo white gold ring

Tourmaline grows in narrow, elongated crystals, which are generally cut into elongated shapes like emerald cut, pear shapes and ovals in order to save as much material as possible.

Cutting tourmaline into round shape causes too much material loss, but round shapes are available in sizes less than 1 carat.

If you are looking for a stone larger than 1 carat, I highly recommend concentrating your search on an oval or an emerald cut.

oval green tourmaline and diamond halo yellow gold stud earrings

Unique Tourmaline Colours

Watermelon tourmaline - a unique colour combination of green and pink.

Rubellite - dark pink, "hot pink" or red tourmaline. More rare and expensive than the more common, pink tourmaline (but still less expensive than pink sapphires and rubies).

Indicolite tourmaline - dark blue-green colour. A great alternative to a more expensive blue-green sapphire, especially if you are looking for a larger stone.

Paraíba tourmaline - neon, electric blue. Most rare and expensive tourmaline variety.

Cat's eye tourmaline - shows a cat's eye effect, typically cut into cabochons.

Tourmaline Birthstone

Tourmaline is also known for the following traits:

  • helps calm one's emotions in times of distress

  • can give you energy and encourage positivity

  • soothing and nourishing stone that helps restore a sense of wholeness

  • can help overcome your fears about love and relationships

An alternative birthstone for October is Opal, you can find out more about this unique gem in my previous blog post, Uncover the Mystery Behind Opal

round opal and diamond halo white gold engagement ring


Do you know what powers and qualities your birthstone holds?

Visit my previous post titled Beauty and Power to find out!


oval green tourmaline and diamond halo split shank white gold ring


In terms of hardness, tourmaline scores a 7 to 7.5 out of 10 on Moh's scale.

With sapphires and rubies at 9 and diamonds at 10, these can scratch your tourmaline if not stored properly or if they rub against each other.

As Tourmaline is considered to be a bit on the soft side, I wouldn't recommend it for an engagement ring. But it makes a great option for "occasional wear" rings and other jewellery such as pendants and earrings.

oval pink tourmaline and diamond halo rose gold necklace


Pro Tip: don't shy away from adding this gorgeous gemstone to your collection, just be careful while wearing it.


cushion cut green tourmaline and diamond halo white gold stud earrings


Shopping for an engagement ring?

Check out these previous blog posts to help you choose the perfect one!


Is tourmaline on your wishlist?

I would be delighted to hear about it!

To discuss your options, schedule a complementary, 30 minute connection call with me here

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