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Pink Tourmaline’s meaning, styling, and care

The Meaning of Pink Tourmaline

Pink Tourmaline’s symbolic meaning centers around its ability to enhance compassion, empathy and sympathy. Artists and writers have been drawn to the gemstone as a source of inspiration for their creativity.

Woman's hand holding a Rosecliff Bar necklace featuring eleven 2mm faceted round cut, prong set pink tourmaline gemstones.

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.

Two Rosecliff Pink Tourmaline Stackable rings, one with alternating diamonds, featuring eleven prong set gemstones.

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."

Scattered assortment of pink tourmaline gemstones in various cuts and sizes on a white background.

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.

Two Greenwich Flower earrings, one with pink tourmaline and one amethyst, as well as a De-Lovely Newport necklace.

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. 

A pair of Rosecliff Pink Tourmaline earrings featuring nine 2mm faceted round cut gemstones, prong set in 14k white gold.

Styling Tips for Pink Tourmaline Jewelry

Frame with Spring Green

Try framing the subtle pinks with a touch of light green in a blouse to evoke the essence of emerging spring colors. The Greenwich 4 Pink Tourmaline Necklace and the green in this dress create a positive visual energy.

Woman wearing a Greenwich 4 Pink Tourmaline necklace featuring four 4mm gemstones and one 2.1mm prong set, center diamond.

Partner with Diamonds

Pair Pink Tourmalines with Diamonds for a classic partnership of sparkle and warmth. We love the warm blush of pink in this Rosecliff Pink Tourmaline and Diamond Necklace.

Blonde woman wearing a 14k yellow gold Rosecliff Bar necklace featuring alternating diamond and pink tourmaline gemstones.

More Stones = More Color

To enhance the soft pink of these enchanting gemstones, choose a design with multiple stones like a Newport Bracelet or Bayberry Bracelet. The repetition of the rosy tones strengthens their compassionate essence.

Close-up of wrist wearing a Bayberry 7 Pink Tourmaline bracelet and a Newport Pink Tourmaline bracelet in 14k yellow gold.

Combining Pink Tourmalines with Other Gemstones

Pink Awareness

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.

Woman wearing a Pink Awareness Newport necklace, personalized Classic 6 Birthstone necklace, and WARRIOR necklace.

De-Lovely

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.”

Close-up of wrist wearing a De-Lovely Newport bracelet featuring 4mm briolette cut moonstone, amethyst, and pink tourmaline.

Sunset

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.

Close-up of a Sunset necklace featuring seven alternating citrine and pink tourmaline gemstones bezel set in 14k yellow gold.

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FAQ

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.