The spectacularly colored gemstone Tourmaline is a birthstone for October (the stone for the Zodiac sign of Leo). It is also the gem for your eighth wedding anniversary.

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Tourmalines are treasured for the seemingly endless spectrum of colors displayed by these gemstones. The name ‘tourmaline’ itself is derived from the Singhalese (Sri Lankan) words ‘turamali’ which means ‘stone mixed with colors.’

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The marvelously colored gemstones are highly valued as gems & crystals since they comprise virtually the entire gamut of color variation found in the mineral world. It is this very quality that lends it the name “gemstone of the rainbow”.

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It would be more correct to speak of “Tourmalines” in plural. This is because the term encompasses a cluster of minerals with changing chemical formulas. The gemstones have a complex and changing composition since they are mixed crystals of aluminum, boron and silicon. The crystals occur as elongated prisms, often marked with grooves parallel to the faces. They might contain a mixture of other elements such as sodium, lithium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, chromium, vanadium, fluorine, and sometimes copper in varying proportions.

The changing composition imparts motley of colors for the gemstone to display. Also these colors change and may even look more or less intense depending from the angle you look at. Some varieties can even change color contingent upon whether they are illuminated by natural or artificial light. The color range of tourmalines is one of the widest in the mineral kingdom. Tourmalines of different colors have their own trade names.

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Rubellite Gemstone Tourmaline

The strain of Red, purplish red, orange-red or brownish red tourmaline is known as Rubellite. The name comes from the Latin ‘rubellus’, which means reddish.

Red and pink tourmalines occur in many subtle as well as distinct nuances. The colors might range from tender pink to shocking pink and from an intense violet to a bold ruby-red.

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Then again, not all of them are entitled to be called ‘rubellites’. An important yardstick has to be fulfilled for this name to be bestowed. It is the behavior of the stone in changing sources of light. Most of these gemstones change color depending on the source of light. A genuine rubellite does not. It sparkles just as intensely in artificial light as it does in daylight.

Other pink or red tourmalines are likely to display a tinge of brown in artificial light.
If the color of the stone happens to change with a change of light source, it is called a pink or shocking pink tourmaline (and not Rubellite).

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Indicolite or Indigolite Gemstone Tourmaline

Dark violet blue, blue, or greenish blue tourmaline is called Indicolite or Indigolite. It is a very rare and special kind of gemstone tourmaline. The word Indicolite stems from the Latin word, meaning ‘indicum plant’.

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Paraiba Gemstone Tourmaline

Paraiba Gemstone Tourmaline is an intense blue to greenish blue and is from the state of Paraiba, Brazil. It was discovered in 1987. Paraiba gemstones are small, rare & precious. They exhibit spirited turquoise to green colors of extraordinary vividness.

Chrome Gemstone Tourmaline

Chrome Gemstone Tourmaline is intense emerald like green. It has tiny traces of chrome but is colored mostly of vanadium, the same element that colors many Brazilian and African emeralds.

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Canary Gemstone Tourmalines

Tourmalines of pure yellow color are a relatively new discovery. A good deposit containing exceptional yellow tourmalines was unearthed in the Malawai region of Southern East Africa in the year 2000. The enchanting color is imparted to the gemstone by trace quantities of magnesium. Though Malawai remains the main source of supply, yellow tourmalines are also found in the African regions of Nigeria, Mozambique and Zambia.

Canary Tourmalines are scarcer than those of certain other colors. Yet, they more plentiful than other yellow gemstones like yellow emeralds.

Yellow tourmaline is found in small sizes usually less than one carat. As such, the yellow ones above two carats are particularly rare. Again, since this variety tends to have significant inclusions, an eye-clean specimen is considered very fine. The best sampling shows a neon-like exceptional brilliance. A respectable hardness of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale makes the gem suitable for any type of jewelry.

Watermelon Gemstone Tourmaline

Perhaps, the most prized attribute of this stone is zoning. The term refers to the occurrence of different ‘regions’ or ‘zones’ of color in the same crystal. The color-zoning may have a concentric or transversal orientation within the gemstone. And the color-boundaries are often blurred. This gives birth to a species of mineral with its own signature multi-color appearance. It is the aptly named Watermelon Tourmaline. This particular gemstone is red/pink on the inside and green around the outside periphery akin to watermelon fruit. The typical beauty of this jewel is highly coveted in the jewelry world. Lapidaries cut this type of gemstone into slices for better appreciation of the spectacular internal colors.

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Bi-colored and Multi-Colored Tourmaline Stones

We also have bi colored tourmaline stones with two colors and those with more than two colors are called multicolored tourmalines.

Mohrenkopf

‘Mohrenkopf’ is a crystal almost colorless and black at the ends only.

A tourmaline’s properties and chemical composition define its species. The chief tourmaline species are Elbaite, Liddicoatite, Dravite, Uvite and Schorl.

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Elbaites

Elbaites are rich in sodium, lithium, aluminum, and sometimes copper. They are found in granite-containing pegmatites, which are rare igneous rocks. Elbaites offer a plethora of tourmaline colors ranging from green, blue, yellow, pink, red, colorless or assorted with a combination of colors.

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Liddicoatites

Liddicoatites are named after the late Richard T. Liddicoat, former president of GIA and former chairman of its Board of Governors. He’s called the “Father of Modern Gemology.” They are mainly found in Madagaskar. Liddicoatites are rich in calcium, lithium, and aluminum. They are also found in granite-containing pegmatites and showcase an extensive range of colors.

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Uvite

Uvite found in metamorphic environments and is rich in calcium, magnesium, and aluminum.

Dravite

Dravite is rich in sodium, magnesium, and aluminum. It is usually brown in color. Most tourmaline gemstones are a combination of uvite and dravite.

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Schorl

Schorl is black in color. Such tourmalines are rich in iron content. It is rarely used in jewellery.

Gemstone Tourmaline is a very popular gemstone and its fame is steadily increasing due to its amazing range of colors. Fine tourmalines demand very high prices. They have a good hardness of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale. Tourmaline is a sturdy and exquisite gemstone and one of the most prized minerals ever found.

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