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A traditional symbol of everlasting friendship and humanitarian work, it is connected with the heart chakra, serving as the center of love for oneself and others. Pink Tourmaline is one of the birthstones for October and the Zodiac signs Virgo and Libra. A symbol of love and compassion, it is the designated gemstone for the eighth wedding anniversary.
Pink Tourmaline - Gemstone Knowledge
Tourmaline gemstones are found in a wide variety of colors, including green, yellow, brown, red and pink. In fact, because it has so many color variations, in earlier times it was often misidentified as other gemstones, thus the name tourmaline, which comes from Sri Lanka where the Sri Lankan words “tura malli” mean “mixed gemstones."
Pink Tourmaline - Gemstone Knowledge
Caring for your Pink Tourmaline Jewelry
Pink Tourmaline is moderately durable and so is a good choice for everyday wear, with a little care. You can wear your Pink Tourmaline jewelry in the shower, while swimming, sleeping and exercising. Keep them away from harsh chemicals like bleach and strong household cleaners. Naturally mined Pink Tourmalines may have minor inclusions, so keep them away from extreme heat and be sure not to strike them against hard surfaces.
Occasional cleaning with a non-abrasive jewelry cleaner or mild dye-free dish soap and water is a simple way to maintain the beauty of your Pink Tourmaline jewelry. Let the jewelry soak in a small bowl for a few minutes (away from the sink drain), then brush gently with a soft toothbrush. Be sure to rinse it completely and blot dry with a chamois cloth.
Styling Tips for Pink Tourmaline Jewelry
Combining Pink Tourmalines with Other Gemstones
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is October. Honor a survivor with glowing Pink Tourmaline and Moonstone jewelry from our Pink Awareness Shop for Good collection. 10% of the purchase price is donated to Bright Pink, which helps save lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering women to know their risk.
Named after the famous Cole Porter song, De-Lovely showcases the berry-toned colors of love with Pink Tourmalines, Moonstones and Amethysts. “It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely.”
Capture New England sunsets with the warm tones of Pink Tourmaline and Citrine in our Sunset Collection. No matter the weather or time of year, keep memories of gorgeous summer sunsets with you always.
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If my son was born in October, do I have to use a pink birthstone for him?
There are several birthstones associated with October for you to choose from. Opal, Pink Opals and Pink Sapphires are also designated as October birthstones. We offer many different personalized designs for birthstone necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. If you are looking for a particular stone, visit our Shop by Gemstone page to see all options for that particular stone.
Why are some Pink Tourmaline stones darker than others?
Naturally mined gemstones come in a variety of shades. All Pink Tourmaline will have a very slight brownish undertone (this is how you can know it is real). Colors can range from a very pale pink to a dark blush, a sign that the stones are naturally occurring.
What are inclusions in gemstones?
Inclusions are material that was trapped in a mineral at the time of its formation in the form of liquid, gas or minerals. These are naturally occurring and a sign that the stone was not lab grown. Often, these inclusions are so small they can be seen only with a microscope. Some gemstones like Pink Tourmaline and Moonstone often have inclusions which can add to the character of their appearance.
What is the difference between Pink Tourmaline and Pink Sapphire?
While in a similar color family, Pink Tourmaline and Pink Sapphire are slightly different. To see the difference in color, take a look at HAVERHILL’s Bayberry Grand & Classic 11 Pink Sapphire & Pink Tourmaline Necklace. Pink Sapphires are a 9 on the Mohs scale and so are more durable than Pink Tourmaline, which is rated 7.5. We offer Pink Sapphire in the Grand 6 mm stone size and Pink Tourmaline in the Classic 4 mm stone size.
Should I only wear Pink Tourmaline if it is my birthstone?
Absolutely not! People wear gemstones for many reasons, not just because they are the birthstone for the month they were born. You may choose to wear a stone because you feel a connection to the color, because the traditional meaning resonates with you, or because it reminds you of someone you love like a child, a friend or a loved one who has passed away. Jewelry is extremely personal and you should feel free to wear gemstones that speak to you.