Tourmaline is a complex aluminium borosilicate with a hexagonal crystal system. Tourmalines were known in ancient times in the Mediterranean. A likeness of Alexander the Great carved in India and dated around the second or third century B.C confirms this. In the early 1700’s, Tourmalines were imported from Sri Lanka to Europe by Dutch traders. Tourmaline made its entry into the commercial world of gems in 1876 when George Kunz sold a green Tourmaline gem from Maine to Tiffany and Co. In the years to follow, Tourmaline gained great popularity as a gemstone, and more recently is used by metaphysical practitioners.
No other gemstone has such wide variations in colours. Tourmalines can be, pink, yellow, brown, black and various shades of green, blue, lilac and violet. Often the colours vary widely, within a single specimen. Crystals with a pink centre surrounded by a layer of green are called Watermelon Tourmaline. Heating, cooling or rubbing a Tourmaline crystal can cause it to become electrically charged, with one end negative and the other positive.
Tourmaline is said to aid understanding of oneself and others, taking you deep into yourself, promoting self-confidence and diminishing fear. It banishes any feeling of being a victim and attracts inspiration, compassion, tolerance and prosperity. Tourmaline is a powerful mental healer, balancing the left-right hemispheres of the brain and transmuting negative thought patterns into positive ones. It is helpful in treating paranoia, and for overcoming dyslexia (!), as it improves hand to eye coordination.
Emotionally, red, yellow and brown Tourmalines are beneficial for sexuality and the emotional dysfunction that can lie behind the loss of libido. Physically, Tourmaline releases tension, which makes it helpful in spinal problems. Also Tourmaline is said to help with arthritis, bowels, constipation, IBS and coeliac disease
Black Tourmaline (Schorl) was once used by magicians to offer them protection against earth demons when they were casting spells. It grounds energy and increases physical vitality, dispersing tension and stress.
Black Tourmaline with Mica returns ill wishing to its source so the perpetrator learns from it.
Black Tourmaline Rod in Quartz has the ability to go beyond dualities and to integrate the shadow into the whole personality.
Blue Tourmaline (Indicolite) stimulates the urge for spiritual freedom and clarity of self-expression. This stone promotes living in harmony with the environment
Brown Tourmaline (Dravite) encourages community spirit and social commitment and helps to make one feel comfortable in a large group.
Colourless Tourmaline (Achroite) synthesises all other colours and opens the crown chakra.
Golden Tourmaline helps one to relive and release traumas from past lives that have turned into repeating negative patterns.
Green Tourmaline (Verdelite) was traditionally regarded as a magic stone. For this reason it is believed that green Tourmaline may have been the first magic wand, especially as it forms naturally into wand shapes. Said to be helpful for visualisation.
Multi-coloured Tourmaline (Elbaite) has subtly different shades of colour hence the traditional belief that Tourmalines fell from the rainbow. Is reputed to bring harmony between the mind, body and spirit.
Paraiba Tourmaline assists in living according to your aspirations, this stone identifies where you have strayed from your truth.
Pink Tourmaline Egyptian legend speaks of how pink Tourmaline made its journey from the centre of the earth and passed over a rainbow, taking with it all of the colours. Pink Tourmaline is one of the most loving stones and is comforting to children.
Purple-Violet Tourmaline stimulates healing of the heart and produces loving consciousness. Also believed to enhance the properties of anti-depressant medication.
Red Tourmaline (Rubellite) strengthens the ability to understand love, promotes tactfulness and flexibility, social ability and extroversion, balancing too much aggression or over passivity.
Tourmalined Quartz is an ideal ally for anyone for anyone who has wished to return ones energy field to the pristine unpolluted state.
Tourmaline with Lepidolite on a matrix is excellent for giving up addictions of all kinds, for understanding the reasons behind addiction, and for accepting that denial has been present.
Uvite Tourmaline on Magnesite brings you deep peace, stimulates visualisation and helps you to love yourself.
Watermelon Tourmaline increases feelings of self–worth, healing the wounds of unrequited love; good for people who dream constantly of ideal love. This stone fosters love, tenderness and friendship and instils patience, tact and diplomacy.
Yellow Tourmaline stimulates the solar plexus, enhancing personal power and opens the spiritual pathways that benefit intellectual pursuits and business affairs.
Chakra: Root & Heart
Sources: Sri Lanka, Brazil, Africa, USA, Western Australia, Afghanistan and Italy
Hardness: 7 – 7.5
Empowerment: I empty my mind of all clutter and worry.