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Tourmaline: Extraterrestrial Gemstone

Thursday, 08 October 2009

tourmaline stoneTourmaline is a gemstone which appears in numerous legends, from the thrilling stories about artful magicians who earthed these gems as an instructional matrix for the generations to come, to legends about extraterrestrial intelligence that «materialized» tourmalines on Earth for a superior purpose. Tourmalines are gems with an incomparable variety of colors. The reason, according to an old Egyptian legend, is that the tourmaline, on its long journey up from the centre of the Earth, passed over a rainbow. In doing so, it assumed all the colors of the rainbow.

Another legend says that once in ancient times far in the Andes mountains tourmaline wands were molded by the artful magicians. They had all the colors of the spectrum, from charcoal black to snow white, and were 15 cm long. Only a few people can lay their hands on these tourmaline wands, and those few can gain access to the ancient knowledge.

That's the story. So if you find a long rainbow-colored tourmaline wand....well, you know what to do.

According to the «extraterrestrial theory», the tourmaline deposits on Earth are of extraterrestrial origin. Moreover, it was not a meteorite rain that scattered on the surface of our planet these amazing rainbow-colored stones, but some superior life forms have purposefully placed tourmalines on Earth to help the mankind to progress to a new level of knowledge, the so-called «aquamarine era». Supposedly, tourmaline will be used to build a rainbow bridge for the human soul to move on and experience various forms of life.

The name tourmaline comes from the Singhalese words «'tura mali». In translation, this means something like «stone with mixed colors», referring to the color spectrum of this gemstone, which outdoes that of all other precious stones. There are tourmalines from red to green and from blue to yellow. There are tourmalines which change their color when the light changes from daylight to artificial light, and some show the light effect of a cat's eye. No two tourmalines are exactly alike. This gemstone has an endless number of faces, and for that reason it suits all moods.

Overall, there are eleven recognized varieties of tourmaline differentiated by unique chemical structures. This is a relatively hard gemstone with several very interesting physical properties. Some stones, when heated, display a property called pyroelectricity with the stone developing opposite polarities with a negative charge one end and a positive charge on the other.

Apirite is a pink tourmaline, a lucky stone of artists, which can inspire, give confidence, and contribute to the recognition.

Achroite... is a colorless tourmaline, while rubellite is a variety of red tourmaline, the most desirable being the ruby red. A good rubellite will have a lively pink to red colour and these stones are getting more and more popular. Africa and Brazil are good sources of the red gemstones as well as Madagascar and USA. Red tourmaline is considered to be «a man's stone», which brings men happiness and success in love, increases energy and enhances sexual potency.

Indicolite comprises different shades of blue stones, from the deep blue of sapphire through blue greens to blue turquoise. A high proportion of these gemstones are usually very dark in color and a common practice is to heat treat them to lighten the color and make them more appealing. A violet blue variety known as siberite is found in Siberia.

Verdalite is a green tourmaline with the most common colors being a yellowish green or bottle green. The most valuable and sought after verdalite is emerald or chromium green. Yellow varieties do exist but they are usually a peachy off yellow rather than a good sharp yellow. Verdalite is considered to have the most effective rejuvenating effect. It contributes to the emergence and retention of creative inspiration, but also cures liver diseases, nervous disorders and boosts immunity.

Dravite is a brown yellow or brown orange tourmaline. Darker brown gems are often heat treated to lighten them up and make them more appealing. Very often these stones change color when viewed at different angles making them a popular jewel.

Schorl is the black variety of the gemstone and in the most plentiful supply is not used as a gem any longer. However in Victorian times it was a very popular gem that was worn to mourn the dead.

Chameleonite is a tourmaline which changes color from olive-green in daylight to red-brown under artificial light. A multi-colored tourmaline is a symbol of harmony.

Tourmalines are found in a number of regions throughout the globe, with the best sources being Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia on the African continent, and Brazil, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Russia. Within the United States of America, the state of California is an excellent source. Tourmalines are also found in Norway, Germany, and Greenland.

In Russia, there are large deposits of siberites, one of the most precious tourmalines. Academician A.E. Fersman wrote that «the tourmalines of the Urals... have earned the highest praise... as the beauty and depth of their cherry-red color is incompatible with the color of any other tourmaline in the world ...»

Unfortunately, Russian tourmaline fields, discovered in XVIII-XIX centuries (Urals, Trans-Baikal, etc.), are almost depleted. However, in 1985, in Trans-Baikal area in the taiga Zachikoyskaya mountainous area Malhansk pegmatite field was opened. Today, it is known all over the world, as more than 300 pegmatite lodes were found there. This filed is mostly known for its rubellites-daurites, verdalites, polychromatic and cat-eye tourmalines. Some crystals measure 47 by 20 cm.

No wonder that magical powers have been attributed to it since ancient times. In particular, it is the gemstone of love and of friendship, and is said to render them firm and long-lasting. Even after wearing green tourmaline for just one day, you will feel physically stronger. When a man wears green tourmaline he will feel stronger, when a woman wears pink tourmaline it will greatly nourish her feminine nature. Pink tourmaline is a strong protector for both genders.

Prices for tourmalines range from $25 to several thousand dollars per carat, depending on the color, hue, size, quality, and purity of the stone. In the fascinating world of gemstones, the tourmaline is very special. Its high availability and its glorious, incomparable color spectrum make it one of our most popular gemstones - and apart from that, almost every tourmaline is unique.

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