Tourmaline is the October birthstone. Appearing in a whole range of tones, from pink through blues and greens to black, tourmaline is an interesting and highly decorative crystal, and one that I very much enjoy working with in jewelry making. Its many colours make for an interesting effect, particularly in my charm bracelets when I combine the different tones to create a mosaic-like effect.
Tourmaline is considered to be a very quiet and inward-facing stone, one associated strongly with the heart and mind. It is great for improving the quality of meditation, and for increasing wisdom. It is also thought to increase compassion. It is therefore a lovely choice of stone for teachers and counsellors, or anyone in a position of guidance.