OCTOBER BIRTHSTONE: TOURMALINE
Tourmaline is a gorgeous gemstone which is also called the "Rainbow Gem". While pink is the signature color tone for tourmaline, it can virtually be found in every color. Tourmaline has a pleochroic property which means that it displays lighter or darker tones depending on the angle of light. Tourmalines obtain their color from the manganese content in their chemical structure. In this post, we have compiled the most frequently asked questions about tourmalines.
Where does the name tourmaline come from?
It is commonly agreed that the name was derived from the Sinhalese word turamali which roughly translates to "stone with many colors".
Where was tourmaline first discovered?
Tourmalines are believed to be discovered by the Conquistadors in Brazil during the 16th century. Conquistadors thought that the green gems they discovered were emeralds. It wasn't until the 19th century when it was realized what Conquistadors have found were a new mineral group. Brazil still continues to be one of the main sources of high-quality tourmalines.
Is tourmaline a durable gemstone?
Tourmaline has a hardness rating of 7 on the Mohs scale, meaning that they are relatively durable. They may get scratched by harder gemstones such as sapphires and diamond. So make sure that your store your tourmaline jewelry in a separate jewelry box or wrapped around soft cloth.
How can I clean my tourmaline jewelry?
We suggest you clean your tourmaline jewelry with a mixture of mild soap and lukewarm water. Bleach is not recommended since it may spoil the color of tourmaline. Ultrasonic and steam cleaner are also not recommended.
How can I care for my tourmaline jewelry?
Tourmaline jewelry should be taken off before engaging in physical activities. You should wear your tourmaline jewelry after applying skincare products and perfumes. You should occasionally eye check the setting of your tourmaline jewelry. If it is loose, make sure you contact our customer support for repair services.