Birthstones - Brilliant Jewelers

Tourmaline is the birthstone for October & anniversary gemstone for the 8th and 28th years of marriage.


Tourmaline has a special place in the hearts of mineral collectors as well as in that of gem and gemstone enthusiasts. It is a bright and beautiful gemstone that can be found in just about any color.

Tourmalines that are of acceptable quality are affordable to most purchasers. The word "rainbow" is used figuratively to describe tourmaline. It is a well-recognized fact that tourmaline's diversity in color is not limited to the seven colors of the rainbow. Tourmaline can be colorless to just about any color, hue, or tone known to man. And if range of colors among different tourmalines is not enough, individual crystals can vary in color along their length or in cross-section. The variations in color along a crystal's length give rise to the bicolor and tricolor tourmalines which have multitudes of color combinations.

Tourmaline is found mainly in Brazil, Africa and the U.S.

Stone Lore

Tourmaline takes its name from the ancient word turmali which means, "mixed precious stones". Tourmaline occurs in all colors as well as colorless. Familiar varieties include rubellite (deeper shades of pink to red), indicolite (blue), chrome (intense green) plus bi-colored and parti-colored (multiple colors within the same stone).

Tourmaline also has many positive attributes in the spiritual realm. It is thought to bring healing powers to a shaman or medicine man. It is what is called a “receptive stone,” which means it is soothing, calming, inward, and magnetic, promoting meditation, spirituality, wisdom and mysticism. Tourmaline promotes relaxation of the body and the mind. It helps stabilize the mind, improve understanding, boost self-confidence and increase psychic energies.

 White Topaz*
 Lapis Lazuli*

* alternative birthstones