Tourmaline
Tourmaline
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The name “Tourmaline” is derived from the Sinhalese term “turmali”, meaning “stone with mixed colors”, as it occurs in every color. In ancient Egyptian mythology, Tourmaline comes from the rainbow. Tourmalines are said to provide harmony and inner balance and bring clarity to the owner’s life. Tourmalines have always been regarded as lucky stones. In China, the pink Tourmaline is still a sought-after lucky stone today. This gemstone is March’s birthstone. The Tourmaline is often given as a gift on 8th wedding anniversaries.

Tourmalines appear in every color of the rainbow. Among Tourmalines, individual colors are distinguished by name: Rubellites are reddish Tourmalines. Verdelite is the green Tourmaline, while the blue is known as Indigolite. The turquoise to sea blue gemstone is the rare Paraiba Tourmaline, discovered in 1987 in the Brazilian state of Paraiba. The Paraiba Tourmaline has an incredible luminosity and fire. It is one of the rarest gemstones in the world. Clear, inclusion-free gemstones are currently practically impossible to find. Tourmalines often display a double coloring, known pleochroism. Depending on the angle from which it is viewed, two colors can be seen. A high copper content makes the brilliance of these stones appear more intense.

You can clean your Tourmaline with lukewarm water. The gemstone should be protected from potential impact and scratches. Make sure to store it safely.

Tourmalines are found in Brazil, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Madagascar and Sri Lanka. Sourcing especially stunning specimens for our jewelry is a particular challenge for our gemologists.

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