Tourmaline, history and lore


Tourmaline history

Did you know that a Dutch merchant named these multicolored gems Tourmaline?  Centuries ago the first tourmaline was discovered somewhere in hidden Brazil. Immediately there was a tangle of reactions, had they found an emerald? Or was it something else? You can hardly imagine, but this confusion lasted for several centuries.

Thanks to further development in mineralogy, scientists learned more and more about tourmaline.

Then they found colorful pebbles in the riverbeds of Sri Lanka which were equal to the green tourmaline from Brazil. When a Dutch merchant saw these colorful pebbles he got the association with the word "mixed gems' or 'Toramalli' in Sinhala. From that moment, these special gems are named Tourmaline.

Tourmaline comes in vibrant colors like red, pink, green, yellow, black, blue.


Trade names tourmaline

Pink tourmaline or rubellite
Blue tourmaline or indicolite
Green tourmaline or verdelite
Black tourmaline or schorl

And the pink and green tourmaline has the exotic name watermelon tourmaline.


Meaning tourmaline

Tourmaline clears the head and strengthens the wellbeing.

Pink tourmaline strengthen when feeling weak
Blue tourmaline is soothing
Black tourmaline swallows negative energy and spirits


Tourmaline spiritual

Tourmaline and the zodiac signs Libra, Scorpio and Capricorn.

Tourmaline is the birthstone October

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