October's birthstone -- Pink Tourmaline
The birthstone for October is typically the Pink Tourmaline. Others are strong believers in the opal to represent October as the gem of the month. Whatever camp you prefer to belong to, we will give both sides equal time.
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Tourmaline comes in an array of colours Pink Tourmaline and pink sapphires are popular. The gemstone Tourmaline is the "official" birthstone for October as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912. And, the accepted gem for the 8th wedding anniversary.
The most expensive tourmalines are the blue indicolite, green verdelite and pink rubellite.
Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:
Ancient legend says that tourmaline is found in all colors because it traveled along a rainbow and gathered all the the rainbow's colors.
Tourmaline is believed to strengthen the body and spirit, especially the nervous system, blood, and lymphs. It is also thought to inspire creativity and was used extensively as a talisman by artists and writers.
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