Friday, January 3, 2014

What is Tourmaline

Tourmaline comes in a variety of colors and bi-colors

We’ve all seen this pretty pink gemstone and it is becoming more popular. It is the birthstone of October and symbolizes emotional and spiritual love by giving the feeling of comfort and safety. I’m quoting from a gemstone/spiritualist website. Tourmaline is in fact a semi-precious gemstone and comes in a variety of colors, not just pink.


Uncut, unaltered tourmaline
Tourmaline has been recognized as a distinct gemstone since the early 18th century. Since it also was found in reds and greens it was sometimes described as a type of ruby or emerald. The interesting thing about a tourmaline is when it is heated or pressed at one end it becomes electrically charged. Not sure what you would do with an electrically charged gemstone, but there it is.


Tourmaline is also called "watermelon" stone
Tourmaline can be heat treated or irradiated to enhance its color. While this process may or may not devalue the gemstone it can make it more fragile than an untreated stone. This is why it is important to not leave a tourmaline near heat or light. Over time it may fade the stone. Also avoid ultrasonic cleaners, sudden temperature changes can fracture this gemstone.


Beautifully cut pink tourmaline gemstone, ready for jewelry
While tourmaline may not necessarily be the hardest of gemstones, it is still very pretty and comes in a rainbow of colors. It is relatively common and can be found in many parts of the United States, Brazil, Afghanistan, East Africa, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and the Soviet Union. This availability makes it an affordable stone especially when paired with sterling silver.
Green tourmaline is also beautiful

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE tourmaline! I have several pieces of black tourmaline and it is indeed very fragile but it is beautiful.