Well where did this week go? It is Pink Saturday already! Time to visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for the entire list of Pinkers.
This weeks stone is the Tourmaline.
Believe it or not, all of these stones are tourmalines.
Tourmalines are gems with an incomparable variety of colours. The reason, according to an old Egyptian legend, is that the tourmaline, on its long journey up from the centre of the Earth, passed over a rainbow. In doing so, it assumed all the colours of the rainbow. And that is why it is still referred to as the 'gemstone of the rainbow'.
The name tourmaline comes from the Singhalese words 'tura mali'. In translation, this means something like 'stone with mixed colours', referring to the colour spectrum of this gemstone, which outdoes that of all other precious stones. There are tourmalines from red to green and from blue to yellow. They often have two or more colours. There are tourmalines which change their colour when the light changes from daylight to artificial light, and some show the light effect of a cat's eye. No two tourmalines are exactly alike. This gemstone has an endless number of faces, and for that reason it suits all moods. No wonder that magical powers have been attributed to it since ancient times. In particular, it is the gemstone of love and of friendship, and is said to render them firm and long-lasting.
These are watermelon tourmalines. The colours vary from green to pink, just like watermelon.
Now that you are almost an expert on tourmalines please be sure to visit the pink glass lady. She shares my passion for pink depression glass.
Thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend!
picture 1-grouping of tourmaline egemsource.com
gorgeous pink tourmaline ring www.faycullen.com
information on tourmaline www.gemstone.org
watermelon tourmaline Gracie Jewellery