The name tourmaline comes from the Singhalese (Sri Lanka) words 'tura mali.' In translation, this means something like 'stone with mixed colors,' referring to the colour spectrum of this gemstone, which outdoes that of all other precious stones.
Tourmaline: The Gemstone of the Rainbow
According to an old Egyptian legend, the tourmaline, on its long journey up from the centre of the Earth, passed over a rainbow. In doing so, it assumed all the colors of the rainbow. And that is why it is still referred to as the 'gemstone of the rainbow' today.
According to legend, tourmaline protects the wearer against many dangers and misfortune. Deep blue tourmaline gems are quite rare and valuable.
A world of possibilities awaits you when you peruse our collection of tourmaline jewelry. Blue, yellow, pink, red, black, green and clear tourmalines are designed in gold and silver into the beautiful earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. It's an ever-changing array for the buyer seeking high fashion or vintage finds in the world of fine tourmaline jewelry.
the "gemstone of the rainbow" comes in a dizzying array of colors and is usually created from more than a dozen elements, making it perfect for jewelry. The most popular tourmaline is deep pink, and a true favorite is watermelon — a gem of green and pink together. Tourmaline is also an alternate gem for October birthstones. More about colored gemstones.
Tourmaline is an exceptional gemstone that continues to fascinate gem lovers, gemologists, and jewelry designers. We love the fabulous array of colors, and the gem's crystal properties allow it to be cut and faceted into wonderful jewelry.
Whether it features a beaded green tourmaline necklace or a pair of pink tourmaline earrings, our tourmaline jewelry collection changes regularly. Additionally, the wide range of colors makes tourmaline the perfect accent in multi-gem tourmaline rings, or even as a shot of color in bracelets and pendants.
Tourmaline is found in Africa, Brazil, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and USA (California, Connecticut, Maine, New York and Texas).
Tourmaline Jewelry Care & Handling
With its good hardness, generally in the region of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, tourmaline can be cut in practically any shape and can come in sizes larger than a few carats. As with all gems, protect tourmaline from scratches and sharp blows. Also avoid large temperature changes and clean with a soft, dry cloth. Use your Ross-Simons presentation box to store your tourmaline jewelry.