We've come to the end of October and I can't leave without bringing to you the most beautiful of the birthstones, Tourmaline, the gemstone of many colours. The final companion of the late Empress of China.
The name Tourmaline comes from the Sri Lankan word tura mali - the stone of mixed colors.
Bi-colored and multicoloured tourmalines may be green at one end and pink at the other, watermelon tourmalines are green on the outside and pink on the inside....my favourite!!
Ancient legend says that tourmaline is found in all colors because it travelled along a rainbow and gathered all the the rainbow's colors.
Tourmaline is believed to strengthen the body and spirit, especially the nervous system, blood, and lymphs. It is also thought to inspire creativity and was used extensively as a talisman by artists and writers.
My new baby granddaughter "Olive", just one week old is lucky enough to have this gorgeous gemstone as her birthstone.....we might be lucky enough to find a specimen containing pink and just a little hint of Olive...fingers crossed!