One of the birthstones for October, Tourmaline is called the ‘gemstone of the rainbow’ because it represents an array of colors that no other gemstone can compare with. An old Egyptian legend claims that on its long journey up from the center of the Earth, the tourmaline passed over a rainbow, and that is the reason for its wide variety of colors. Tourmaline truly suits all personalities and moods due to its vast color possibilities. Tourmalines are dynamic in their displaying color, but they are also very hard – claiming 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale – and this makes the stone a very lasting and particular favorite for jewelers and wearers alike. With all the wonderful attributes of the Tourmaline, it is no wonder that magical powers have been attributed to the stone since ancient times. Tourmaline is the gemstone of love and of friendship, and is said to render relationships firm and long-lasting.