The rainbow stone of October
Those born in October are lucky enough to have two beautiful birthstones, both believed to be formed by the rainbow due to their color range or brightness. In this blog we will talk about Tourmaline, one of the few gems that has a wide and beautiful range of colors.
Due to its wide color range that goes from beautiful pinks to powerful greens, it was often confused with other precious stones, for example one of the "rubies" in the Russian crown jewels is actually a red tourmaline. It was not until the 19th century that tourmaline was categorized as a mineral and the confusion decreased.
Each color of tourmaline is believed to have distinctive healing properties. For example, black tourmaline is believed to protect its wearer and give them confidence. Pink tourmaline is related to love, compassion and gentleness. On the other hand, green promotes courage and strength.
When purchasing a tourmaline, we recommend that you take the following factors into account:
Color: there are practically tourmalines for every color of the rainbow, more saturated colors without darkened areas are usually more sought after but recently earth tones have gained popularity, it will depend entirely on the personal taste of the buyer to choose the color of the stone.
Clarity: refers to the stone having no inclusions, sometimes these inclusions can look like a cat's eye and these stones are more sought after.
Cut: Many jewelers cut tourmalines based on the depth of their color, since the shape of the tourmaline can darken or brighten a color.
Carat: There are tourmalines of considerable size but they are usually quite rare. Its availability also depends on the quality of its facets.