One of the prettiest semi-precious gems, Tourmaline, serves as the birth stone for the month of October. It often signifies a favorite gift for an eighth wedding anniversary. This rare mineral astonishes people because of its variety and beauty.
Tourmaline consists of a complex assortment of different minerals within a boron silicate crystalline structure. Different natural compounds add color to this stone, producing many interesting shades. Iron gives a brilliant blue hue to some Indicolite Tourmalines. Verdelite Tourmaline, also called "Brazilian Emerald" displays vivid green colors. Iron contributes a distinctive black or grey appearance to Schorl Tourmaline. This gem even displays reddish and pink shades called Elbaite and Rubellite. Yellow, brown and colorless versions also occur in nature.
A Much Sought-After Gem
Tourmaline's beautiful appearance after being polished and cut by a jeweler makes this mineral a highly desirable addition to fine jewelery collections. Through its stores online and in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Chavez Fine Jewelers offers exceptionally well-crafted rings and pendants containing Tourmaline. Customers can specially request this gemstone in rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets and necklaces.
Today, gemstone quality Tourmaline comes from several places around the world. Exceptionally fine green varieties occur in the USA, Brazil and Pakistan. In 1989, miners discovered some extraordinary shades of bluish-green Tourmaline in Paraiba, Brazil. People have found lovely Tourmalines in almost every continent on Earth.
After artisans polish, cut and shape Tourmaline stones into ovals (or other shapes), the facets of this mineral carry forward a remarkable inner brilliance, regardless of the color selected. Some people prefer to collect Tourmaline in a single color. Others desire different examples of Tourmaline in order to mix and match the appearance of earrings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets and rings with wardrobe items. Tourmaline remains one of the most versatile gemstones.
Chavez Fine Jewelers offers handcrafted jewelry containing Tourmaline. You can request this gemstone cut into a customized shape, including oval, heart, round, pear, cushion, marquise and other styles. Call us at 505-988-8000 (Santa Fe) for information. If someone special in your life will soon experience an October birthday or other special occasion, then giving a lovely piece of specially-designed Tourmaline jewelry holds great meaning. The remarkable beauty of these gems reflects great value.
For example, just consider how pleased someone would feel to receive a Tourmaline Oval Ring. The Chavez Fine Jewelry catalog Style #84625 for this piece demonstrates high quality and attention to detail. Fashioned from elegant white 14 kt gold, the band displays a series of tiny embedded diamonds offsetting a stunning central oval-cut gem. If you know someone who would appreciate Tourmaline, this ring could provide a perfect token of esteem, love and enduring affection!