Tourmaline encompasses every color of the imagination, from colorless to black. It is the very nature of these gemstones to exhibit multiple colors as well as shades of color, which is called pleochroism.
There are mines all over the world, but the major deposits come from Brazil, Sri Lanka and southern parts of Africa. There are also some less important mines in Northern Africa, parts of Asia and California and Maine. In fact, tourmaline was the first gemstone to be officially mined in the United States at a mine in Maine.
Pink tourmaline is the modern birthstone for October, sharing the month with the traditional opal birthstone. Any multi-colored stone is used as a way to commemorate the 8th wedding anniversary. A unique multi-colored tourmaline ring lets her know how special she is.
This versatile stone is also quite strong with a 7.5 ranking on the Mohs scale of hardness. This means that caring for your tourmaline jewelry is simple. Soaking your pieces in warm soapy water should be enough to clean them. It is ok to use a toothbrush to scrub the stubborn residue.
Multi-colored nature of tourmaline jewelry makes it easy to find a piece that is appealing to all personalities.