Powerful. Vivid. Energetic.

Our October Gem Star is the beautiful Tourmaline! It is feminine and sophisticated, comes in a vibrant nature green and energetic pink colors. Many women choose this birthstone regardless of their birth month. Now that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, pink tourmaline’s popularity has grown even more. These gems are said to enhance awareness, love, and compassion. 

Bold, confident, at once beautifully sensitive and self-assured: exhilarating Tourmalines express timeless feminine charm with a decidedly modern edge. Its many hues, ranging from bubblegum pink to rich deep blue, complement all skin tones and offer year-round fashion appeal.

Classic in combination with black and white, Tourmaline captures the allure of the Art Deco era. It can also express the vitality of the 60s and 70s when set in geometric designs or used to accentuate “Boho chic” fashions. Medium toned Tourmaline is quintessentially feminine, especially when set in retro designs inspired by the 1950s.

Tourmaline is a gem often given to those born in October as well as those born under the sign of Capricorn. It is also the celebratory gem for the 8th wedding anniversary.

Gemstone Properties

  • Species: Tourmaline
  • Color: Pink
  • Hardness: 7-7.5
  • RI: 1.624-1.644
  • Specific Gravity: 3.06
  • Optic Character: DR
  • Phenomena: Chatoyancy, Color Change (rare)

Major Sources

Afghanistan, Brazil, East Africa, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, United States.


Tourmaline is rated “fair to good” for everyday wear with care. Avoid exposure to heat and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

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