Tourmaline is a semi-precious stone coming in a diverse range of colours. In fact, Tourmaline is considered by some to be the most colourful of all gemstones, occurring in all colours. Although its most famed colours are pink, red, green, blue, and multicoloured.
One of Tourmaline’s most distinguishing properties is its ability to become electrically charged simply by heating or rubbing it. When charged, one end becomes positive and the other negative, allowing it to attract particles of dust or bits of paper.
Tourmaline’s have a hardness of 7 – 7.5 on the Mohs scale.
There is a very interesting form of tourmaline called, “Watermelon Tourmaline”. Named after the fruit because of the colours it exhibits, the Tourmaline would have a red centre surrounded by a green outer layer, or vice versa.
Tourmaline, shared with opal, is the birthstone for month of October and the gemstone for the 8th wedding anniversary. Generally speaking, tourmalines have a vast symbolic meaning and several benefits.
It is said that by wearing a Pink Tourmaline it should help decrease and release stress, anxiety, and depression. Pink Tourmaline’s are thought to be one of the best gemstones for pregnancy, as it not only aids emotional strength but also assists in helping the mother feel more connected with the baby.
For centuries Tourmaline has been regarded as a shamanic stone, providing protection during ritual work and a heighten sense of smell. Black Tourmaline’s supposedly help to decrease obsessive and compulsive behaviour.
In general, it’s believed that Tourmaline’s can help treat motion sickness, aid toddlers in walking, and strengthen their balance. They also symbolise colour, life, balance, and spiritual sensitivity.