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The October birthstone, ‘Pink Tourmaline’, derives its name from the Sinhalese term –‘turmali’, which means iridescent water worn stones, which were found in Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon. Maine and California boasted the world’s largest production of Tourmaline in the 19th century. Currently, Brazil tops the chart of being the world’s largest producer of tourmaline. The gemstone is most commonly found in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Burma, Sri Lanka, the United States and several African countries like Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria,etc.
The dazzling play of colours ranging from deep red to pink and peach is said to bring positivity and opulence in the life of the wearer. It brings peace and calm to the mind and body and dispels anxiety. The gemstone jewellery is also said to have therapeutic effects on the ailments like arthritis, heart diseases etc. The October birthstone is also bestowed with the name of ‘receptive stone’ due to its metaphysical properties of contributing to spirituality and wisdom. The pink allurement of colours is not only soothing and relaxing, but also bridges the gap between the conscious and subconscious state of mind.
The dazzling beauty, ‘Pink Tourmaline’ was first discovered by the Dutch between the 16th and the 17th century off the west coast of Italy. These winsome beauties were initially considered to be rubies by the traders. The gemstones studded in the Russian crown that were believed to be rubies are now thought of to be the Pink Tourmaline gemstones.
The elegant pink jewel energizes the heart chakra and thymic chakra in the body, rejuvenating the mind, body and soul and eliminating fear and anxiety.
It is beautifully shaped in gold and silver opal rings and gold and silver bracelets and pendants.
Pink Tourmaline gemstone used jewellery, symbolizes love, care and compassion. It is worn as a good luck charm to attract happiness and good fortune.
The Pink Tourmaline has a vitreous lustre with refractive index lying in the range of 1.610-1.698. It hashexagonal crystal system with triangular cross-section, which is often striated. The specific gravity of the silicate crystal falls within the range of 3.0-3.12. It shows an indistinct cleavage and its diaphaneity ranges from transparent to translucent to nearly opaque.
Pink tourmaline must not be exposed to heat or sudden variation in temperature. Pink tourmaline gemstone jewellery must not be cleaned by chemicals or other jewellery cleaners. It can be cleaned by washing it with warm soapy water. Ensure that the pink tourmaline gemstone jewellery does not dash against hard surfaces to ensure longevity.