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October: Tourmaline

         

Tourmaline is a beautiful semi-precious gemstone popular among jewelry designers and collectors worldwide.  One of the outstanding qualities of Tourmaline is the variety of colours visible in the one stone. According to an old Egyptian legend, tourmaline passed over a rainbow on its journey up from the centre of the earth and the stone was impregnated with the colours of the rainbow.

Tourmaline is said to bring high energy, good luck, happiness, prospetity, creativity and romance. The crystal symbolizes courage, generosity, and thoughtfulness.

Colour  

Referred to as the ‘gemstone of the rainbow’, this beautiful crystal presents in black, blue, brown, yellow, green, red, pink, and, on the rare occasion, is colourless. Bi-coloured and multicoloured crystals are common, with come crystals having opposite colours (such as green and pink) present in opposite ends of the same stone which is also referred to as Watermelon Tourmaline.

Geology   

The gemstone is found primarily in Sri Lanka, mined in areas rich in granite and metamorphic rocks, such as marble. The first discoveries of tourmaline were made in California, United States in 1822. Since then, the crystal has been found in Africa, Afghanistan, Brazil and Australia.

History   

Brightly colored gem qualitiy tourmalines were brought to Europe in great quantities by the Dutch East India Company from Sri Lanka to satisfy a demand for gemstones.

Fun Fact  

Tourmaline is charged with static electricity and when warmed or rubbed it will attracted small bits of paper, lint and ash.In fact, Benjamin Franklin used this gem in his studies of electricity.