Pink Tourmaline Rough
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Pink Tourmaline Rough 133g 55x50x35 mm
Tourmaline group includes a variety of forms and colors. Black Tourmaline (Schorl), Green Tourmaline (Verdelite), Rubellite Tourmaline, Blue Tourmaline (Indicolite), Paraiba Tourmaline, Watermelon Tourmaline, Pink Tourmaline, Golden Tourmaline, Brown Tourmaline (Dravite) are just few of them. While it can be found everywhere in the world, gem quality tourmaline is rare and expensive. Tourmaline is a mineral made of boron silicate and mixed with elements such as aluminum, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. It is a semi-precious stone. Tourmaline’s name comes from Sri Lanka, where it was called tura mali, meaning stone of mixed colors.
Pink Tourmaline varies in color from pale pink to deep red hues. Its transparency also varies: it comes in all variations from transparent to opaque. It can be found in Brazil as well, and Africa, US California and Afghanistan.
Tourmaline is formed by hydrothermal activity. It is often extracted as a secondary mineral from metamorphic and igneous rocks. Tourmalines grow in cavities that have been once entered by hot fluids and vapors, and Tourmaline crystals will become as large as the cavity or void allows – sometimes up to 100 kg per piece. Mina Gerais, Brazil, is an important source of Tourmaline for a very long time.
Tourmaline, the Earth’s most colorful treasure, has a harness of 7 – 7.5 on Mohs scale and the widest range of hues of all minerals. It is a very valued and sometimes expensive gem. It is hard enough to resist in streams and it can be found as pebbles, as well as extracted through artisanal mining. Paraiba is the most valuable Tourmaline known nowadays. However, “Paraiba” is mostly marketed by the color, not origin. Bi-color Tourmaline is also very important both to collectors and to jewelry industry. Due to its pleochroic nature, tourmaline’s color, color intensity and brightness appears to change depending on the observation point.
According to a legend in Ancient Egypt, Tourmaline’s variety of hues is based on the fact that the stone travels on rainbow, collecting all colors along the way.
Symbolism: Friendship, Love, Money, Health, Power, Energy, Courage, Protection