Tourmaline – curious facts

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There are some important reasons to prefer the tourmaline over other gemstones.

Tourmaline has a very wide range of colors, including red, pink, yellow, green and blue.

The ancient Egyptians believed that the jewel has acquired this diversity of colors, as it imbibed in itself all colors of the rainbow on its long journey from the center of the Earth to its surface.

Tourmaline has received its name from the Sinhalese word “tura mali” – multicolored (or stone with mixed colors).

Many of the tourmalines have two colors – one visible on the daily and the other – on artificial light.

Large localities of tourmaline have been found in Brazil, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Whatever your favorite color stone is, you can be sure that you will find tourmaline in that color.

In practice there are tourmalines in the entire range of rainbow colors with shades from black to blue and green to red.

The most expensive tourmalines are the pink (rubellite), green (verdelite) and blue (indicolite).

Dazzlingly beautiful is another variety of the tourmaline called cat’s eye, resembling the effect of tiger’s eye when processed in cabochon form.

Black tourmalines are also called schorl and are the most common.

Tourmalines are just as beautiful as rubies and sapphires, but are relatively cheaper.

They have an interesting property that was inexplicable to scientists for a long time, namely they are pyroelectric, i.e. under heating and subsequent cooling, the crystals acquire an electric charge.

Tourmaline has been the root of many myths and legends.


Healers using crystals argue that the tourmaline is a spiritual stone that strengthens the mind and has a favorable effect on the blood circulation, nervous system and lymph glands.

It is believed that the tourmaline is the patron of artists and writers as it develops the imaginative abilities and creativity.

It is also known as the “stone of peace” because it is believed that it banishes the violence and fosters peace.

The pink tourmaline is associated with the heart chakra, watermelon tourmaline with the forehead chakra (between the eyebrows), and the green – with the throat chakra.

Rubellite is another variation of the charming family of the tourmaline.

It has its own range of colors from bright red to intense pink. It is a dazzling beautiful gem.

The rubellite is widely used and is inlaid in rings, necklaces and bracelets.

Tourmaline is known as the stone of the fifth anniversary of marriage and talisman / patronizing / of those born in October.


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