A Writers Guide to Tourmaline

tri-color elbaite on quartz

tri-color elbaite on quartz

Tourmaline is a crystal boron silicate mineral compounded with several different elements. Though most commonly found in black, it comes in a large variety of colors including brown, yellow, pink, red, violet, and a dual-colored pink and green. Stones that are green on the outside and pink on the inside are called watermelon tourmaline.

Some forms of tourmaline are dichroic, meaning that they change color when viewed from different directions.

The name comes from the Sinhalese word “Thuramali” meaning something close to “stone with mixed colors.”

Varieties of Tourmalines

  • Schorl: brownish black to black;  sodium iron (divalent) endmember
  • Dravite: dark yellow to brownish black; sodium magnesium rich tourmaline endmember
  • Elbaite: red or pinkish-red, light blue to bluish green, green, colorless; lithium-tourmaline

History and Lore

  • Ancient texts describe this stone as glowing. This feature is due to the electrostatic charge build up when the stone is heated or rubbed.
Cat's Eye Tourmaline

Cat’s Eye Tourmaline

Famous Tourmalines

  • Caesar’s Ruby: 52-carat red rubellite tourmaline; a gift of King Gustavus III of Sweden to Catherine the Great; it’s sort of grape shaped.
  • Hamlin Necklace: most of the eighteen major stones are from Maine’s Mount Mica Mine, the others are beryls from Massachusetts; totaling 228.12 caratsof colored gems; exhibited at the 1893 World’s Fair.
  • The Crimson Star | The Crimson Star of Siberia: 121-carat rubellite tourmaline; seems to glow with fire.
  • Anna Ioannovna Crown: 1730 Russian Crown is set with a large red tourmaline.
  • Cat’s Eye Tourmaline: 65.50-carat elbaite green tourmaline that exhibits chatoyancy, an optical reflectance giving the stone the slit of a cat’s eye.
watermelon tourmaline

watermelon tourmaline

Magical and Mystical Properties include

  • relaxing the body and mind
  • aiding in infectious diseases
  • promoting healing in general
  • enhancing understanding
  • promoting self-confidence
  • amplifying psychic energies
  • neutralizing negative energies
  • attracting positive energy
  • used for scrying
  • used in protection rituals
  • The different colors have additional properties:
    • black protects against radiation and protects from negative energy and evil spells
    • brown aids in intestinal disorders, promotes social interactions, and clears the aura
    • blue promotes detoxification, strengthens the immune system, and promotes psychic awareness and visions
    • green regulates blood pressure, strengthens the nervous system, stimulates digestion, helps to quiet fears, aids in sleeping, and promotes plant health
    • pink and red detoxifies, stimulates blood circulation, stabilizes female hormonal issues, attracts love, promotes emotional healing, dispels fears, calms nerves, and brings tranquil sleep
    • watermelon alleviates pain, strengthens the immune system, promotes friendship and love, and promotes inner strength

Discharging & Recharging

To recharge tourmaline, once a month let water run over the stone. To recharge, place it in sunlight for a few hours. Don’t recharge pink tourmaline in the sunlight instead place it among amethyst. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)

This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.gemstone index

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  1. Hi Holly – I love these posts .. and Tourmaline is one stone I've always admired .. just beautiful.

    Thanks – have a good week .. Hilary

  2. Your blog looks pretty! Tis the season. 🙂

  3. That watermelon tourmaline is gorgeous. And it's always so fascinating to learn what healing properties these stones have. 🙂

  4. The watermelon tourmaline looks so pretty, what a fascinating gemstone.

  5. Your stones posts are back! These are so cool.
    And like your festive background.

  6. Fascinating! I love learning about crystals!

  7. Oooh, that's interesting! Where would you buy something that?

  8. Jennifer a rock and gem store will have the raw rock. The polished gemstone in a jewelry shop.

  9. I love that pink and green together – how pretty!

  10. Yea! I was hoping this was the stone you were writing about. Your series in the spring inspired me to use stones in my next project. And in my research I found watermelon tourmaline, which is going to play a role in the story. I just love it – I want one!

  11. Carol that is just plain neat! And yeah, I love this stone. It's so pretty.

  12. I love pink tourmaline. It's so gorgeous. thanks for another great post!

  13. Ooh, I love these posts. I actually have a pink tourmaline ring set in rose gold – it's so pretty! Considering I always seem to have hormonal issues, maybe I should wear it all the time.

  14. It's gorgeous! I could certainly use some tourmaline right now.

  15. ooh it's super pretty! and now i totally want some, cuz i could use some of the helpful properties

  16. Well, I end up here. Blogger is being annoying anyway. I couldn't access my dashboard yesterday.

    I love the mix of the crystals together. Really pretty.

  17. I love watermelon tourmaline… will be dipping into your stones posts a lot this week as one of my characters has just turned out to be a healer… not that I knew that was going to happen of course!

  18. I've never heard of this crystal until now

  19. Not only is this a super cool post, I love that watermelon stone. That's amazing.

  20. Love the watermelon tourmaline. It's always interesting to visit you 'cause I learn something new.

  21. I love just the *word* tourmaline. It sounds magical.

  22. I love that some crystals are more than one color!

  23. I love the watermelon Tourmaline. Even the tri-colour one is wierd and interesting.

  24. Oh wow I could use some of that. I have had several premonitions that came true, so honing those psychic abilities would be awesome!

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