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Stone of the Month part II: Tourmaline

October is not only the month of the Opal, it is also the month of the Tourmaline.

Tourmalines are gems with an incomparable variety of colours. The reason, according to an old Egyptian legend, is that the tourmaline, on its long journey up from the centre of the Earth, passed over a rainbow. In doing so, it assumed all the colours of the rainbow. And that is why it is still referred to as the ‘gemstone of the rainbow’ today.

The name tourmaline comes from the Singhalese words ‘tura mali’. In translation, this means something like ‘stone with mixed colours’, referring to the colour spectrum of this gemstone, which outdoes that of all other precious stones. There are tourmalines from red to green and from blue to yellow. They often have two or more colours. There are tourmalines which change their colour when the light changes from daylight to artificial light, and some show the light effect of a cat’s eye. No two tourmalines are exactly alike.

This gemstone has an endless number of faces, and for that reason it suits all moods. No wonder that magical powers have been attributed to it since ancient times. In particular, it is the gemstone of love and of friendship, and is said to render them firm and long-lasting.

Verdura ​Byzantine Amethyst Pink Tourmaline Drop Earrings
Verdura ​Byzantine Amethyst Pink Tourmaline Drop Earrings. “Byzantine” fancy-cut lavender amethyst drop earrings, with circular-cut pink tourmaline accents at center, mounted in 18k yellow gold, with clip backs, originally retailed by Betteridge in 2006, signed Verdura.
Bulgari Faceted Tourmaline Yellow Gold Earrings
Bulgari Faceted Tourmaline Yellow Gold Earrings. 18k Yellow Gold Faceted Tourmaline Earrings by Bulgari. With 2 round faceted tourmaline stones 11mm each.
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Nicholas Varney Paraiba Tourmaline “Mushroom” Ring. Cabochon-cut Paraiba tourmaline “Mushroom” ring in 18k yellow gold, the Paraiba tourmalines accented by pavé diamond and tsavorite garnet. Paraiba tourmaline weighing 10.15 total carats. Designed by Nicholas Varney.
La Triomphe A Diamond and Tourmaline Cocktail Ring c.1960
La Triomphe A Diamond and Tourmaline Cocktail Ring c.1960. A Stunning diamond and tourmaline cocktail ring by La Triomphe. The 7/8″ x 7/8″ 18k yellow gold ring with a “ribbon” made up of baguette-cut green tourmaline over a white diamond dome-shaped “box”. The ring sits 3/4″ high from the finger. Stylish and Interesting.
Cartier Gold Tourmaline "Menotte" Ring
Cartier Gold Tourmaline “Menotte” Ring. Featuring a Cartier crossover ring, tipped by 2 pointed cabochon tourmalines. Signed Cartier, with maker’s mark and French assay mark.
Marina B. Citrine, Tourmaline and Gold Necklace
Marina B. Citrine, Tourmaline and Gold Necklace. An 18 karat gold necklace with citrines and tourmalines by Marina B. The necklace has 89 diamond-cut citrines and 125 tourmaline stones. This is a ‘piece unique’ made in Marina B.’s French workshops where only her best and one-of-a kind pieces were produced. Circa 1980s.
Superb Edwardian Dreicer & Co. New York Tourmaline Diamond Necklace image 3
Superb Edwardian Dreicer & Co. New York Tourmaline Diamond Necklace. A tourmaline and diamond necklace, the baguette-cut tourmaline weighing approximately 26 carats to the centre of an old and eight-cut diamond-set openwork frame with five pear shaped diamond-set fringes and attached by a diamond-set open work pendant loop to an old brilliant-cut diamond-set chain, measuring approximately 30cm, of nine marquise shaped links each divided by nineteen diamonds the diamonds estimated a total of 18 carats, all millegrain-set in platinum, by Dreicer & Co New York, circa 1915.
Bulgari Tubogas Pink Tourmaline Yellow Gold Ring
Bulgari Tubogas Pink Tourmaline Yellow Gold Ring. 8k Yellow Gold Tubogas Pink Tourmaline Ring By Bulgari. With one pink tourmaline 6mm in diameter. 1970.
Very Rare Rene Lalique Art Nouveau  Les Danseuses Necklace
Very Rare Rene Lalique Art Nouveau Les Danseuses Necklace. Tourmaline gold enamel. Circa 1900.
Cartier Spinel Tourmaline Diamond Yellow Gold Platinum Brooch 1936
Cartier Spinel Tourmaline Diamond Yellow Gold Platinum Brooch 1936. Brooch in platinum and yellow gold, diamonds, spinels and multicolour tourmalines.
Outstanding Tourmaline and Diamond Bracelet
Outstanding Tourmaline and Diamond Bracelet.This Stunning 18 KT white gold tourmaline and diamond bracelet, features 150 Carats of fine quality Tourmaline, along with 23 Carats of brilliant cut and rose cut diamonds. This bracelet is designed by Diana M. for her exclusive “GOLDIVA” Jewelry Line.

Source Material 1stdibs, Betteridge, International Colored Gemstones Association.

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