When it comes to birthstones, October’s tourmaline is one of the most diverse and captivating of them all. Its name is thought to come from the Sinhalese word "turmali," meaning “mixed colours” and we can see why. From rich pinks and fiery reds to deep greens and browns and earthy neutrals, tourmaline really does show off a vast array of colours.

In this blog post, we'll delve into the geological and cultural histories of tourmaline and share some of our favourite tourmaline pieces and styling tips. 

Tourmaline’s origins and properties

Tourmaline forms deep within the Earth's crust under intense heat and pressure. It can be found worldwide in various types of rocks, including granite, pegmatite, and metamorphic rocks. The name tourmaline refers to a family of related minerals with the same crystal structure.

The gemstone’s vibrant colours result from the presence of different elements such as iron, manganese, and lithium during its formation.

 

Dusty pink background infographic with information about the gemstone tourmaline, its cultural and geological history and birthstone meanings

 

Tourmaline's symbolism

There are many legends and beliefs that surround the gemstone tourmaline, with many throughout history believing it to have mythical properties. 

The ancient Egyptians believed that Tourmaline could protect against negative energies. They regarded it as a protective talisman that could ward off harm and misfortune, making it a cherished gem in ancient Egyptian society.

For the Romans, Tourmaline represented sentiments of love and friendship. It was considered a symbol of affection and the gemstone was often exchanged as a token of love.

Black tourmaline (Schorlwas traditionally used in mourning jewellery during the Victorian era and is believed to hold protective powers and absorb negativity to this day. 

 

Styling Tourmaline

Tourmaline is a versatile gemstone that lends itself to both simple and elaborate jewellery design. From simple studs to beaded necklaces and bracelets to multi-stone chandelier earrings, tourmaline can easily be dressed up or down. 

  • Everyday elegance – simple tourmaline studs

Choose from pink, green or yellow tourmalines set in a simple 18k gold vermeil setting.

Yellow, Pink and Green Tourmaline Gemstone Studs in Gold Vermeil

 

  • Beaded necklaces featuring multicoloured tourmaline beads

Perfect for layering or wearing solo, these delicate gemstone necklaces add interest to any outfit 

Multi-coloured tourmaline beaded gemstone necklace in gold vermeil

 

Tourmaline and Gold Beaded Layering Necklace 

  • Stacking bracelets

Tourmaline beaded bracelets - make them the star of the show or stack them alongside emeralds and sapphires

Tourmaline and Gold Vermeil Beaded Bracelet

 

Tourmaline, Emerald and Sapphire Stacking Bracelets 

  • Statement Earrings

From multi-stone chandelier style earrings to vintage-inspired Art Noveau drops 

 Multi-stone tourmaline and gold statement earrings

 

Art Nouveau vintage inspired drop earrings with carved tourmalines and 18k gold vermeil

 

Tourmaline care and maintenance

Tourmaline is a natural gemstone that needs to be looked after with care to ensure its continued beauty and longevity.

Whether your jewellery features cabochon, faceted, or rough-cut tourmaline gemstones, avoid exposing it to harsh chemicals, high temperatures, and prolonged sunlight, as these can cause colour fading or damage.

To clean your tourmaline jewellery, use a soft damp cloth to gently wipe away any dirt and oils. Store your Tourmaline pieces separately to prevent scratches.

 

 

October 12, 2023 — Jessie Mundy