Many tourmaline crystals exhibit two or more colours, crystals displaying only one colour are rare. Because of this variety of colour, tourmaline can often be confused with other gems. Pink tourmaline is said to symbolise friendship, compassion, transformation and humanitarianism.
It’s the birthstone for October and the gemstone for the 8th wedding anniversary.
Scientifically, tourmalines are one of the more interesting minerals, due to their wide colour range. It is a boron silicate mineral containing colouring elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium or potassium. Its name comes from the Sinhalese word “turmali” or “thoramalli”.