October's Birthstone: Blushing Tourmaline

October's Birthstones:
 Pink Tourmaline

Molly Schaller

Welcome to this month’s birthstone beading project post. October is one of my favorite months, as fall is really settling in and I'm able to transition to my fall wardrobe which consists largely of sweaters! SWEATER WEATHER! Woohoo!

October babies have their choice of two birthstones; the traditional birthstone is opal, and the alternate birthstone is pink tourmaline.  

Opals come in a wide variety of colors, and many opals include a rainbow of colors all within one stone. Read on to learn more about this "queen of stones":

Color: Opal is an iridescent stone with a range of "fire" flashes within its matrix.
Care: Opals are composed of 3-21% water, and they are only 5.5-6 on the Mohs scale, making them a delicate gemstone that can crack under extreme temperatures, dehydration, or direct light. 
Meanings & Properties: Opals are said to bring about loyalty and faithfulness. 
Uses & Folklore: Some ancient cultures thought that opals could turn their wearer invisible, and some healers believe they can improve eyesight. 


Color: The name "tourmaline" comes from the Sinhalese words "tura mali," which mean "stone of mixed colors." It can be found in any color of the rainbow! The pink variety is most often thought of as the October birthstone.
Care: Tourmaline has a hardness of 7-7.5 on the Mohs scale, making it a durable stone, perfect for jewelry. 
Meanings & Properties: It transforms negative thoughts and actions into positive responses.   
Uses & Folklore: Ancient magicians used black tourmaline as a talisman to protect against negative energy and evil forces. Today, many still believe that it can shield against radiation, pollutants, toxins and negative thoughts.

Click for complete instructions to create your own Tourmaline Diffuser Bracelets with Bead Gallery tourmaline and lava beads.

Fun Fact

  One of this gem’s most impressive traits is its ability to become electrically charged through heat (pyroelectricity) and through pressure (piezoelectricity). When charged, tourmaline can act as a magnet by oscillating, and by attracting or repelling particles of dust.
--American Gem Society

Molly Schaller loves beading, knitting, gardening, bookbinding, and being with her family and pets, which include 3 cats, a flock of 12 hens, and a jaunty rooster named Kernel.

She’s always on the lookout for new ways to express her creativity and help others learn to tap into their creativity as well!