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October is the month of Libras, Scorpios and everyone’s favourite spooky holiday of Halloween, but did you know it’s also a month with two birthstones? You heard us right, those lucky October babies have two stunning gems to choose from: tourmaline and opal.

These enchanting stones only enhance the sparkling personalities of those born in the tenth month of the year, making a special addition to any jewellery collection.

Here we’re taking a look at the first of the October birthstones, tourmaline

Colourful origins 

You may know tourmaline as having a vivid pink hue, but the fact of the matter is that this gem can come in a variety of different colours. Due to its bi- or tri-colour properties, tourmaline can be found in an almost emerald green, as well as blue, red-brown and even yellow.

The tourmaline owes its variation of colour to a range of elements such as manganese, iron, chromium, lithium and calcium, notes the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

According to the International Coloured Gemstone Association, the azure blue characteristic of the rare Paraiba variety from Brazil is caused by the presence of copper, usually absent from any other tourmaline.

 

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A surprising discovery 

The beautiful tourmaline had humble beginnings when it was stumbled upon by a Spanish explorer in the 1500s and mistaken for an emerald, according to the GIA. Long confused with various other gems thanks to its broad spectrum of colours, it wasn’t until a few hundred years later that tourmaline was identified as being its own type of mineral.

Its name comes from ‘toramalli’, a word in the Sri Lankan language of Sinhalese that is taken to mean ‘mixed gems’. It’s not uncommon to see two or more colours in the same gemstone, often used for creative or artistic effect.

One example of this is the ‘watermelon tourmaline’, where a cross section of the stone reveals a pink core, surrounded by a thin band of white and then an outer ring of green.

Incorporating tourmaline into your life 

Now tourmaline deposits can be found all around the world, including across the United States, Brazil, Afghanistan and Madagascar, according to the GIA. It’s accepted as being the gem for an eighth wedding anniversary, and is thought to have various healing properties. These include the promotion of balance and understanding, as well as for easing tension and detoxifying the body.

Wearing tourmaline jewellery is a breeze, as the sheer range of colours makes it easy to find a shade that suits you. Our stunning pink tourmaline and diamond cocktail ring is sure to be a hit with any October babies and lucky partners. It is set in 18-carat yellow gold, with white gold accents acting as a bezel to the 0.33 carat of diamonds that form a halo around the oval-shaped central tourmaline.

A modern take on art deco style, this ring adds a splash of colour and sparkle to any outfit, and can be mixed and matched with either gold or silver toned pieces with ease. If you’ve already had your birthday, no need to fear, as you can look back at our previous birthstone articles, including rubies for July, peridots for August and sapphires for September.