OCTOBER BIRTHSTONE MEANINGS – PINK TOURMALINE

Pyroelectric Pink Tourmaline

In Africa, October birthstone pink tourmaline was once used as a stone to awaken one from “the dream of illusion.” In ancient India, the stone was used to aid in providing insight and discovering the good.

Symbolism & Folklore

Tourmaline is associated with: love and matters of the heart
Tourmaline is considered the stone of: reconciliation, compassion, communication, humanitarianism
Tourmaline has been said to: heal emotional pain, create commitment towards the completion of goals, improve listening skills and increase sympathy

Origins & Characteristics

The name tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese term “turmali,” the name given to all colored crystals at the time. At one point in time, pink tourmaline were thought to be rubies; pink tourmaline is actually even more rare than ruby! Tourmaline is a very complex stone, and many crystals exhibit polarity – meaning the color, form, and electrical properties differ at either end of the crystal.When heated or rubbed, it takes on an electric charge and attracts small objects like dust. This property is known as “pyroelectricity,” and tourmaline is used in electrical devices to create pressure gauges.