While finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow may seem impossible, the tourmaline gemstone comes a close second to owning a piece of the colour.
Considered the most colourful of all gemstones, the sparkler is highly desirable thanks to its broad spectrum of colours. In fact, it’s one of the few gemstones in the world that can display more than one colour in the single stone – how cool is that?
Luckily for October babies, the unique gem is all theirs!
Andrew Mazzone explained that while tourmaline comes in all colours – pink, red, green, blue and multi-coloured stones are the most common.
“One of the unique features of the tourmaline is how its colours change when viewed at different angles. It makes for a unique jewellery piece, that is stunning at all times of the day and night,” he said.
The colour change is more noticeable in some tourmalines compared to others, but each stone has its unique appeal. Due to this, gemstone cutters need to be careful to cut a tourmaline correctly, to ensure the finished product reflects its best colour.
At Andrew Mazzone Design Jewellers, we have several gorgeous tourmaline pieces, particularly in stunning shades of pink. A couple of our favourite pieces are below:
- Pink tourmaline and diamond halo ring – from $1,760
- Pink tourmaline and brilliant cut diamond ring – from $3,420
- Pink tourmaline and diamond halo ring – from $1,620
According to Egyptian legend, the stone found its range of beautiful colours on its journey up from the earth’s centre, where it passed through a rainbow. The name is derived from the Sinhalese words ‘tura mali’, which are said to mean ‘stone of mixed colours’.
Due to their popularity, many tourmaline varieties have their own name. For example, black tourmaline is known as ‘schorl’ and green tourmaline is ‘verdelite’.
The multi-coloured tourmalines are known as ‘parti-coloured’, with the most common colour combination being green and pink – earning it the name of ‘watermelon tourmaline’.
Ancient magicians were said to use black tourmaline to protect against negative energy and evil forces. In modern times, many still believe that it can act as a shield for negativity, toxins and pollutants.
Spiritually, all colours of the stone are considered a chakra-balancing tool, promoting inspiration, happiness, and a connection to yin-yang balance.
The stone is also the traditional wedding anniversary gift for the 8th anniversary, as well as an alternative gemstone for the 5th (pink only), 28th and 38th years.
Whether you’re a lucky October baby, or simply someone looking to enjoy a piece of the rainbow, there are some stunning ways to wear a tourmaline.
Visit us at our Adelaide jewellery store to take a look at the selection, or discuss your thoughts for a custom piece.
Better yet, we’re celebrating all things tourmaline this month and offering 20% off all tourmaline jewellery during October 2017. Simply mention this blog in store, and our lovely staff will assist you from there!
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