▪️ The name tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese (Sri Lanka) word tura mali which translates as the stone of mixed colors. Tourmaline is available in a wide variety of colors from black to bluish-black, dark brown, yellow, medium brown, blue to neon blue, lime to dark forest green, red and reddish purple, pink, and colorless.
▪️ Bi-colored and multicolored tourmaline may be green at one end and pink at the other. Watermelon tourmaline is green on the outside and pink on the inside. Some stones change color when viewed from different angles.
▪️ Tourmalines come in all shapes and sizes. The most expensive tourmalines are the blue indicolite, green verdelite and pink rubellite.
▪️ Tourmaline is typically transparent to translucent. The level of inclusions can vary depending on the type of tourmaline.
▪️ Tourmaline is a birthstone for October, along with opal. Tourmaline is also the gem of the eighth anniversary. Tourmaline is believed to strengthen the body and spirit, especially the nervous system, blood. It is also thought to inspire creativity and was used extensively as a talisman by artists and writers.