The word Tourmaline derives from the Sinhalese word ‘thuramali’ which means simply gemstones or pebbles. Tourmaline is known for the dazzling array of vibrant colours in which it is available. In the 1500’s a Spanish conquistador confused a green tourmaline for emerald and scientists only recognized tourmaline as its own mineral in the 1800’s.
The ‘watermelon’ variety of tourmaline is often considered the most exciting – being green on the outside and pink in the middle. Pink to red tourmaline is known as Rubelite, deep blue-green is known as Indicolite. Perhaps the most famous tourmaline is known as ‘Paraíba’ which is only found in the Brazilian state of the same name – it is a beautiful intensely saturated sea-blue.
Where is tourmaline mined?
Tourmaline is being mined in Brazil, Tanzania, Africa (largely Namibia, Madagascar and Kenya), Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the United States.
Tourmaline is 7-7.5 on the Mohs scale.
Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Pink, Brown, Black.
Birthstone and Anniversary Stone
Tourmaline is traditionally given as a gift for an 8th wedding anniversary.