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.’

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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Tourmaline gemstones have a complex and changing composition since they are mixed crystals of aluminum, boron and silicon. They also contain a mixture of other elements such as sodium, lithium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, chromium, vanadium, fluorine, and sometimes copper. It is this changing composition that offers the gemstone motley of colors to display. Also these colors change and may even look more or less intense depending from the angle you look at.

Tourmalines of different colors have their own trade names.

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A certain variety 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

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 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 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 Tourmalines

Canary Gemstone Tourmaline from Malawi has a vivid yellow color which was hitherto considered scarce.

Watermelon Tourmaline

Watermelon Gemstone Tourmaline is pink in the center and green around the outside.

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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.

Schorl

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

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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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