October’s Birthstone, the Pink Tourmaline
What is October’s birthstone?
The alternate birthstone for October is tourmaline, a gemstone which offers a myriad of colours. The name of this stone is believed to derive from the Singhalese word “toramalli,” meaning “something little out of the earth”, a name which somewhat belies the beauty and versatility of the stone.
Those born in October are also lucky enough to be the holder of two birthstones, Opal and Pink Tourmaline. The Opal perfectly captures the imaginative spirit of charm, purity, innocence and hope. This unique gemstone famously flashes brilliant colours with the changing light. To ancient Romans, the Opal was a symbol of love and hope and Arabs say it fell from the heavens in flashes of lightning. It was believed to make its wearer invisible; hence the opal was the talisman of thieves and spies.
What is the story behind the Tourmaline?
As a relatively new discovery first found in Germany in 1400s, it lacks the legends tales and tradition that is attached to so many other stones. In fact, at one time in history, pink and red tourmaline were thought to be Rubies. However, the pink tourmaline tends to be a softer pink colour than the deep fiery red of the Ruby. This parallels to the characteristics of those born in October, including traits tranquillity, love and soft nature fitting with the symbolism behind the Pink Tourmaline stone itself.
This is a truly a gentle stone that touches the heart, carrying the virtue of unconditional love and friendship
Pink Tourmaline Initial Necklace or Bracelet is the perfect personalised gift for your loved ones born in October. Surrounded by surrounded by autumnal colours as summer fades away, the Pink Tourmaline and its’ hues of pink serve to remind us of the turning of the season to warm oranges, reds and yellows of the autumn period.