Unlike most others, those born in October have the pleasure of enjoying two birthstones to commemorate their birth month. One of these stones is tourmaline, which name comes from the Sinhalese word for “mixed”.
As with opals (October’s other birthstone), tourmaline stones can show more than one color at a time in their stone structure. In fact, tourmaline stones exist in more colors (and color combinations) than any other gemstone in the world. They can be found in a variety of colors such as magenta, orange, yellow, green, blue, and black. However, the crystal structure can be complex, as a tourmaline stone must be cut precisely so that all the colors can be seen in one glimpse. Tourmalines are most commonly found in Brazil, Africa, the Middle East, and even California and Maine. Because they grow in long and pencil-like crystals, tourmalines are commonly cut into an emerald-shape stone.
Tourmaline symbolizes a raw connection with nature and humanity, and when worn as a crystal healing pendant, is considered to help increase one’s self-confidence and psychic energies. Available from Angels and Emeralds is a pendant of rough black tourmaline, a powerful grounding crystal commonly used for meditation, healing, and protection from negative energy.