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October Birthstone - Tourmaline

Pink Tourmaline
Green Tourmaline

I am Tourmaline, the gemstone of many colors. The flowers in the fields, the birds of the air and the essence of the changing seasons are all encompassed within my many hues. I was the final companion to the last Empress of China, her head gently cradled on my lap as she rests in her eternal sleep. My fingers possess a healing touch. Hold my hand and I will restore your "prana,” the vital energy of your soul. Wear me as an amulet and I will bring happiness to you, friends, and lovers.

Hardness 7-7.5 • Heated & Irradiation (all) • Major Source: Brazil, Afghanistan, Myanmar, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Pakistan, Sri Lnaka, Tanzania and U.S.

Qualities

Tourmaline is a complex and exciting group of gemstones offering almost every color of the spectrum. Most gemstones, including diamond, need enhancement through cutting or treatment to be enjoyed in jewelry. Tourmaline may be heated or safely irradiated to permanently produce one of its dazzling hues.

Care
While Tourmaline is worn by many active people, it is advisable to remove it before engaging in activities that may cause wear and scratching such as sports, housework and gardening. Avoid home ultrasonic cleaning.

Why Green Tourmaline?
While today we are not limited by tradition, symbolism of Tourmaline is treasured as the birthstone for October along with the gemstone Opal.