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Tourmaline is the Birthstone for October

Vivid reds, hot pinks, verdant greens and blues abound in this stunning gem variety. Earth tones as varied as a prairie sunset are available. Not only does tourmaline occur in a spectacular range of colors, but it also combines those colors in a single gemstone called bi-color Tourmaline. One tourmaline combination of pink and green is called Watermelon. For centuries tourmaline has adorned the jewels of royalty. The Empress Dowager Tz'u Hsi, the last empress of China, valued the rich pink colors above all others. Ancient mystics believed Tourmaline encouraged artistic intuition, as it has the palette to express every mood.

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