Tourmaline is a beautiful and colorful gem!
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Tourmaline is a very popular and beautiful gemstone.
is found in a virtual rainbow of colors,from clear to black - there are
more naturally occurring colors of tourmaline than any other gemstone!
Many tourmalines actually are multi colored, like the popular
watermelon variety. A lot of the watermelon tourmaline used
in jewelry are slices of stalactites (found hanging from cave ceilings)
or stalagmites (built up on the cave floor). These are the result of
mineral rich water dripping, drying, leaving the minerals
behind and then slowly building up layer after layer.
The most commonly seen colors are pink
(the gem shown above) and a rich deep green color.
It is a fairly hard mineral, 7 - 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.
Look at the range of color in this tourmaline bead strand!
Tourmaline is a borosilicate mineral. It is a fairly
collected worldwide and large deposits are found in many locations.
Brazil, Russia, Afghanistan and California are important sources.
Many people believe that tourmaline has strong
influence on the ability
to deal with others - enhancing understanding, objectivity and tolerance.
Tourmaline Care Tips
Tourmaline is very easy to care for.
A good scrubbing
with a commercially available jewelry cleaner and a toothbrush
are okay, and a rouge cloth for polishing to a high shine is recommended.
Pink Tourmaline is an alternate October Birthstone.
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