This tourmaline is light green with an orange C-axis that results in several interesting color combinations. Cut in a classical opposed bar design, the result is a pixelated gem. This one has a couple long, thin inclusions running parallel to the length, just below the table. They don’t interfere with the beauty of the gem unless the angle of light is exactly so (see photos).
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Believed to have been discovered in the 1500s by Brazilian conquistadors, it wasn’t until the 1800s when scientists discovered that tourmaline was its own sort of mineral. Clarity is an important aspect of tourmaline, as it can actually be as transparent as diamond.
The name Tourmaline comes from the Singhalese word (from northern India) “touramalli” which means “mixed colored stones”. Because tourmaline is found in so many different colors they were often confused with other types of gems.
Tourmaline is a birthstone for October along with opal. Tourmaline is also the gem of the 8th wedding anniversary.