Tourmaline: Red Carpet Jewelry Statements

by Lapigems Gem Company 7. October 2015 23:50

Tourmaline is one of the most versatile of gemstones, available in every color from colorless to black with all the colors of the rainbow in between. Jewelry designers are often inspired by the beauty of the material they use, taking inspiration from the tourmaline gemstone to explore their own design style, transforming it into work of art. The vast ranges of hues exhibited by Tourmalines lend color and sparkle to this endeavor.

With its regal history, perhaps it is inevitable that tourmaline would steal the show over the years, most importantly during red carpet events such as the Oscars. With the extensive use of fine, large Tourmalines of all colors and showy jewels, the stars lit up the Oscars night, year after year. Similarly, the grandeur of the Red Carpet jewelry at the Golden Globe Awards over the years has been showcased by a number of Hollywood’s most stylish leading ladies. Signature jewelry was the classic combination to look out for. Tourmaline featured extensively amongst these:

Gwyneth Paltrow 

American Actress Gwyneth Palrtow turned heads at the Oscars 2015, were she wore Anne Hu Fire Phoenix earrings consisting of two pear-shaped cabochon Rubellites set in white gold amid white-and-yellow diamonds; blue, pink and purple sapphires; spinels and tourmalines. (Source by: The Hollywood Reporter)

Ariel Winter 

Modern Family Actress Ariel Winter wore a stunning Brumani diamond, aquamarine, ruby and pink tourmaline earrings to the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez stepped out rocking Astley Clarke pink tourmaline ring at the Radio Disney Music Awards 2013.

Christina Aquilera 


 American Singer cum The Voice judge Christiana Aguilera wore Jacquie Aiche pink tourmaline and amethyst knuckle ring at the Live Shows, The Voice 12th May, 2015.

Carrie Underwood

Country music star Carrie Underwood looked stunning wearing Jorge Adeler black tourmaline and diamond earrings at the Milestone Awards at the 2014 Billboards Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Emmy Rossum


Shameless star Emmy Rossum wore 18K white gold Jorge Adeler black tourmaline and diamond dangling earrings, which were stylishly set in amazing half moon shapes surrounding the center stone, at the Brian Bowen Smith Wildlife Show held at the De Re Gallery in West Hollywood, October 2014.

Scarlett Johansson

Oscar Awards 2015 presenter Scarlett Johansson wore fabulous mismatched gold, emerald, tourmaline, aquamarine and diamonds earrings with ear cuffs.

Zooey Deschanel


New Girl Actress Zooey Deschanel was sported wearing a Chanel tourmaline cocktail ring at the Emmy Awards 2013.

Emily Blunt  


English Actress Emily Blunt stepped out at the 2015 Golden Globe wearing Lorraine Schwartz tourmaline, diamond and platinum earrings. She incorporated it with a splendid 10 carat tourmaline bracelet.

You've seen what the Celebrities are wearing.


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Tourmaline Birthstone for October

by Lapigems Gem Company 30. September 2014 00:53
Tourmaline, the birthstone for October.


This month we are celebrating Tourmaline, the October Birthstone.Egyptian legend maintains that during its formation, Tourmaline passed over a rainbow as it made its journey from the Earth’s center which led to it assuming the seven colors of the rainbow. Indeed, Tourmalines are mined in a vast array of colors; the widest range of colors of any gemstone in the gem kingdom with virtually every color represented; even bi-colors and tri-colors.

“Tourmaline” is a term derived from the Singhalese words 'tura mali' meaning 'a stone with mixed colors'. Being dichotic, tourmaline has the ability to subtly shift its color depending on the light source as it changes from natural to artificial. Its diversity suits all moods, which is possibly why in metaphysics it is regarded as the gem crystal of Love & Friendship.

Tourmaline has many remarkable qualities but one of the most interesting physical attributes of the gem type is that it has the ability to become magnetic under certain conditions, namely under heat or pressure. When heat is applied to Tourmaline it becomes it to be magnetic, a phenomenon known scientifically as Pryoelectric. Similarly, applying pressure to it achieves the same effect (Piezoelectric).

In the gem kingdom, stones which possess a modicum of multicoloring are revered for their beauty and rarity. Tourmaline is one of the most versatile gemstone in this regard and ‘Watermelon Tourmaline’ is much sought after by collectors. These beautiful stones show both red and green colors (this could be a red center and a green surrounding, or a green center with a red surrounding). As a gem, the Watermelon Tourmaline is usually green from one end turning red on the other.

Tourmaline producers include Brazil, Pakistan, Russia, Burma, Sri Lanka and the USA. In Africa, the main producers are Congo, Madagascar, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria, Malawi and most recently Kenya. If you were born in October you are fortunate indeed to have such a stunning and versatile gemstone as your birthstone. Enjoy!


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