Look ahead: October’s birthstone will be Tourmaline

September 2, 2009

Where we check into possible birthstone plans for the upcoming month…

Tourmaline meteor bracelet and ring

A great design you can make with tourmaline beads...

Tourmaline beads, the birthstone of choice for October, show some appropriately magical properties.  Did you know that if you rub this stone, it generates a charge that attracts small objects like bits of paper or strands of hair?  (I couldn’t find an image of this.  Bummer.  Please submit one if you’ve got one.)

True to its name (which originally meant “stone of mixed colors”), tourmaline is found in a very pretty palette of blue, yellow, pink, red, black, green and clear stones.  Here are most of those colors in a strand that we sell:

Tourmaline 21-731-035

Rings & Things also sells strands of the nice black tourmaline alone:

Black tourmaline beads 21-889-183

Here’s a great idea for using black tourmaline in a rosary:

David's Rosary uses the black tourmaline beads

David's Rosary uses the black tourmaline beads

And don’t forget tourmalated quartz.  These beads technically include tourmaline, so they add to your options for “October babies”:

Tourmalated quartz beads 21-884-100

You’ll find lots more neat background reading at our Gemstone Index ‘tourmaline’ entry!  And this is the time of year when you can come to our BeadTour bead shows to look for great new tourmaline, tourmalated quartz and many more gemstone beads not found in our catalog!

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  • Reply Erin Prais-Hntz September 3, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Ooohhh Pretty! One of the first gemstones I ever ordered was tourmaline…and I ordered it online directly from some company overseas. That was a nervewracking experience! But now I am savvy and know that I can get the highest quality gemstones at an affordable price directly from Rings & Things! I will have to replenish my supply of this versatile stone. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy the day! Erin

  • Reply Tish September 3, 2009 at 9:57 am

    tourmalated quartz is one of my all time favs. the stone does not get the credit is deserves for being so lovely.

  • Reply Dave Robertson September 3, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Your comments back up the impression I get from working at our bead shows — that there are tons of tourmaline fans. I can hardly walk by a tray full of these beads without stopping & touching them!

    • Reply Tish September 8, 2009 at 1:03 pm

      ME TOO!!

  • Reply Heather September 5, 2009 at 2:03 am

    Love tourmaline…I think for me it is because it is multi colored!

    I’ll have to check out Rings & Things supply…

  • Reply Dave Robertson September 9, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Don’t miss our bead shows if there’s one near you, Heather, the chance to find new styles of all kinds of stones is a lot of fun & can kick up your designs a notch!

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