I first learned about tourmaline and its beautiful variations back in 2004, when I had just started making and marketing my designs. They captivated me because they came in a variety of vivid, beautiful colors, and I was just exploring my newfound confidence with color. i had seen them before, but hadn't had much interest in colored stones---I was mostly a pearl and opaque stone designer.
Their colors and facets dazzled me, though! Their mix of colors is especially interesting, where in one stone there are two and even three colors. Have a look at some of my Tourmaline designs.
Tourmalines share October with Opals. They, too, are regarded for their display of many colors, and can produce a fiery look from the way they diffract light. Black opals are rarer, though, and release little or no light. Elvis Presley wore an opal pinkie ring! Click here to see my Tahitian Sunset pendant necklace, in 18k gold.