Gemstone of Many Colors: Tourmaline


One of the most gorgeous and versatile gemstones in existence is Tourmaline. Its name originates from the Singhalese phrase “tura mali”, which means “stone mixed with vibrant colors.” That’s because this semi-precious gemstone can be found in shades of blue, pink, green, and even black. The different colors come from traces of iron, titanium, manganese found in the stone. The first recorded excavation of Tourmaline was in 1554 by Francisco Spinoza in Brazil.

Some interesting facts about Tourmaline:

When heated up Tourmaline produces and electrical charge.

Liddicoatite tourmaline was named for the former Gemological Institute of America’s President Richard T. Liddicoa.

Tourmaline crystallizes in the trigonal system; no other common mineral has three-sided prisms.

There is a variety of the stone that is green on the outside and pink on the inside, thus the name “Watermelon tourmaline.”

August 22, 2016