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The history and origin of Tourmaline

Tourmaline is one of the most varied and complex gemstones found on earth.  It is extremely attractive and usually has fine attributes for high quality jewelry grade stones, these gemstones usually consist of at least dozen or more elements that all work in concert to create the beautiful hues that Tourmaline can come in.

This mineral has been known to man for millennia, however newer colors have been found in the last one hundred years.  These stones are primarily made from lithium, aluminum, borate and silicon, from here on it can have plenty of other trace elements.  Tourmaline is found mostly in volcanic pegmatites, but can also be found in alluvial and eluvia deposits.  The colors that are available for Tourmaline range the color spectrum and include pink, red, brown, blue, yellow, etc.

Tourmaline comes from the Singhalese word tourmali which means mixed stone.  Besides being a wonderful gemstone for jewelry, it has been used in the past for medicinal and mystical purposes.  For instance, in ancient and medieval times, it was thought that Tourmaline would make one intellectually sharp and that it would help an individual with creativity.  It is also said to help a person resist greed and to be a calmer, happier person.

Mining for Tourmaline can occur in many regions around the world and it is currently known to be found in several hundreds mines. Certain colors can be mistaken for specific types of gems.  However, under closer examination, Tourmaline can usually be detected.  If you are looking for a high quality stone that comes in an assortment of very beautiful colors, check out Tourmaline.

What is Tourmaline used for?

Tourmaline is an exceptional gemstone that continues to fascinate gem lovers and gemologists. Tourmaline comes in a dizzying array of colors and is usually created from more than a dozen elements.  Tourmaline is usually considered first and foremost a gemstone; however, there are a handful of other uses for this wonderful mineral. They include many industrial uses and for those that are extremely spiritual, Tourmaline has many mystical properties.

Usually Tourmaline is regarded as one of the most complex gemstones available and for those that love color, Tourmaline can usually be found in every color under the sun.  Some of the well known colors are blues, yellows, reds, browns, greens, purples, pinks, black, etc.  Tourmaline has a good hardness that is generally in the region of 7 to 7.5 on the Moh’s hardness scale.  This stone can be cut in practically any shape and can come in sizes larger than a few carats.

Tourmaline also has many industrial, scientific and technological uses.  One of the attributes of Tourmaline is that it can induce electrical charges by applying pressure against the vertical axis.  This special quality is known as piezoelectricity and other minerals such as quartz also have this attribute.  Tourmaline can also have the attribute of pyroelectricity, this is similar to a battery, where one end of the mineral has a negative charge and the opposite end has a positive charge.

This mineral is also highly regarded by spiritualists and during ancient and medieval times, it was believed that Tourmaline had special powers to ward off evil, inspired creativity and to keep one healthy.

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