Tourmaline

Tourmaline is a gorgeous gemstone which occurs in a wide range of colours – reds, pinks, greens, blue, black, even mixed colours and multiple colours in one crystal. It is regarded as semi-precious, and higher end pieces are used to make jewellery.

It displays an interesting crystalline form, which makes ‘rough’ specimens popular with collectors. With the wide array of colours available, it would be quite easy to form a collection comprised purely of Tourmaline!

Tourmaline can be quite expensive – especially the higher-grade pieces, and any specimens with multiple colours in a single crystal. One of my favourite variations is known as ‘Watermelon Tourmaline’ and is a mixture of pinks and greens.

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 Information about Tourmaline

This well known semi precious stone is a crystalline silicate mineral comprised of elements such as aluminium, iron and magnesium.

It is classified as a semi-precious stone and comes in a wide variety of colours.

One of the stones most distinct characteristics is its ability to become electrically charged by heating or rubbing it, known as pyroelectricity.

When it is charged, one end becomes positive and the other negative, allowing it to attract, or repel, particles and dust and even bits of paper.

There are a large amount of variations of Tourmaline, including Schorl, Dravite, Elbaite, and more…

The stone comes in a wide range of colours, with some of the most popular being green, red, pink, black, and a mix of green and red known as ‘watermelon Tourmaline’.

Most high grade pieces are mined in Brazil or Africa, with some good quality pieces coming from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.


Spirituality and Crystal Healing with Tourmaline

Since ancient times it has been revered as a powerful talisman of protection, a psychic shield averting and dispelling negative energies and harmful forces. It may be advantageous in treating obsessive or compulsive behaviours, and in relieving chronic worries.

It may be used to ground the bearer when used with the Base chakra.