October Birthstones

Modern - Opal & Tourmaline   Traditional - Tourmaline     Mystical - Jasper*

Tourmaline belongs to a complex family of aluminum borosilicates.  It can be a variety of colors including green, blue (indicolite), violet, yellow, brown, pink or red (rubelite) depending on its mix with iron, magnesium, or other various metals.


Rubelite, which varies from red to violet to pink is perhaps the most valuable because of its beauty and rarity. The name comes from the Latin word rubellus which means reddish.


Tourmaline may even vary in colors within a single stone, such as the "watermelon tourmaline" (red and green) usually seen in slices. 


The name Tourmaline is from turmali, an ancient Sinhalese word for "mixed color precious stone".

Tourmaline is formed as prismatic, vertically striated crystals which are uniquely triangular in cross-section. They may be long and slender, or thick and columnar. 


Ninety-five percent of all Tourmaline is black (or sometimes a very dark blue that appears black), also called Schorl.  The name dates back to the pre-1400's where it came from a town in Saxony, Germany, where Black Tourmaline was found in nearby tin mines.


Tourmaline has the ability to become electrically charged simply by heating (pyroelectricity) or rubbing (piezoelectricity). When charged, one end becomes positive and the other negative, allowing it to attract, or repel, particles of dust or bits of paper. These gems are highly valued as electrical tuning circuits for conducting television and radio frequencies because of their durability. High frequencies pass through them without shattering, unlike many other crystals. Some black tourmaline are double terminated enhancing the linear flow of energy in both directions.

My first experience with double terminated black Tourmaline was at a gem show in Tucson. I was chatting with one of my favorite vendors who sells all natural stones.  After expressing how draining it was in the crowded rooms with bright lights, mix of energy and lots of people, she handed me a strand of double terminated black Tourmaline crystals and instructed me to just hold it and close my eyes.  Within a few minutes, my energy levels began to improve and I felt much more relaxed.  I felt completely recharged.  It was at that moment that I understood how powerful stone and crystal energy really is.

Esoteric Attributes:


A powerful and protective stone with a high vibration, strong healing and cleansing powers.

Used to treat motion sickness

Green Tourmaline


A stone of energy and stamina.  Good for athletes.

Attracts luck, success, abundance and prosperity.

Inspires creativity, compassion, tenderness, patience, and nurtures a sense of belonging.

Assists in overcoming emotional problems with male forcers and father figures.

Red Tourmaline



Helps bestow dignity, diplomacy and quiet authority when others are being unreasonable or pulling rank.

An excellent source of positive, nurturing energy. Soothes the emotional heart, helping to overcome fears concerning abundance, survival, stability and safety.

Draws upon Universal Love for healing, and suggests that “heartbreak” can be “heart-opening,” and grief can be as valuable as joy.

Blue Tourmaline



Placed under a pillow at night, aids a good night's sleep with vivid dream recall

Traditionally used in healing in the throat and neck area and believed to relieve problems with the pulmonary and immune systems.

A powerful healer for sadness and grief especially when associated with childhood trauma.

Black Tourmaline



Electrical in nature, black tourmaline is a powerful grounding stone.

Promotes a sense of power and confidence

Soothes panic attacks, especially in confined spaces.

Aligns the energy centers of the body, channeling healing light through the system.

Stimulates the reflex points of the lower back, legs, ankles and feet and can be used to help align the spinal column.

Wear for protection against emotional vampires, electromagnetic smog and environmental pollutants.

A stone of purification.  Aids in cleansing the emotional body of negative thoughts, anxiety and anger.  Replaces tension and stress with the ability to view the world objectively.

Esoteric attributes are for informational purposed only and are not intended as a substitution of treatment from a health care professional.

All photos marked with * - By Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com

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