Opal was originally the gem trade’s recognized birthstone for October but in 1952 the Jewelry Industry Council suggested that pink tourmaline be an alternate stone to opal. (1) The meaning for both is Hope. The word tourmaline comes from an ancient word “turamali” which means, “mixed precious stones”.
This is a traditional birthstone for October.
Luster: vitreous | Hardness: 7.5 | Density: 3.0
Legends & Lore:
- Pink tourmaline promotes female balance and protection. (Green promotes male balance.)
- It is believed to dispel fear, calm nerves and bring tranquil sleep.
- Tourmaline is the gemstone of Maine.