Oct 2nd

Featured Gemstone Of The Week: Pink Tourmaline

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I think it's about time I started to create a 'Featured Gemstone Of The Week' section for this blog. This week I have chosen the gemstone Pink Tourmaline. Pink Tourmaline is a stone many people don't know a lot about, so what better stone to start the featured gemstone of the week with?

The ring shown here is a 5.03 carat Pink Tourmaline set in a two tone white and rose gold pave band. I think this ring is especially meaningful to me because of the story behind it.

I designed it for one of my long-term customers, Dan and Laura (names have been changed), a lovely couple from the suburban Chicago area. Dan and Laura purchased their wedding rings from me two decades ago, and since then I have designed several anniversary and birthday gifts for both spouses. About two years ago, Laura was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. Treatments took a toll on her, but thankfully she went into remission, and has stayed in remission for close to a year now. After her ordeal, Dan wanted to buy her a really something really special to show her that he was still madly in love with her, particularly because she wasn't feeling great about her appearance.

We discussed several possible gemstones, but Dan decided on Pink Tourmaline, as pink is the color of breast cancer awareness. I think this is one of the most sentimental and emotionally meaningful rings I have ever designed, and Dan and I worked very hard on making sure it was perfect. If you look closely, you will see that the prongs are rose gold. The two-tone Rose gold look is trendy, plus it accents and complements the color of the stone. I think the combination of the rose gold prongs and split shank band give this timeless piece a modern twist.

I have compiled a list of Pink Tourmaline facts and stats, shown below. There are also a few pictures to demonstrate the range of hues a tourmaline can exhibit.

  1. Pink Tourmaline is one of the few natural stones in existence that is naturally pink.  This is one of the things that makes Pink Tourmaline so appealing to many women.
  2. Pink Tourmaline is considered very durable, making it the ideal gemstone to choose for jewelry such as the ring discussed in this post.
  3. October is a month that has two birthstones: Tourmaline and Opal.
  4. Some Tourmalines  contain two, or even three, colors within the same stone.  A popular example of this is the aptly named 'Watermelon Tourmaline' that is green, white, and pink in color.
  5. Tourmaline is found in some parts of the U.S.  It is also found in East Africa, Brazil, and Afghanistan.
  6. The Pink Tourmaline shown in the photo is from Mozambique.
  7. Pink Tourmaline is considered the gemstone of femininity.  Many natural healers use Pink Tourmaline when performing treatments or working with women with fertility problems.
  8. Pink Tourmaline is also considered beneficial when worn by those with anxiety and panic attacks.

Pink Tourmaline also looks beautiful in bracelets, pendants, and earrings.  The stone looks attractive set in white, yellow, or rose gold. Please let me know your thoughts and opinions about Pink Tourmaline as well as what you think of the ring.  If you have any questions about designing  Pink Tourmaline jewelry, please call me or come in to see me by calling 312-920-0075 and setting up an appointment.

Any suggestions on which gemstone you would like to be featured next week?  Let me hear about them in the comments.

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