Thursday, December 24, 2015

Tourmaline (Various Colors); Metaphysical Properties

various tourmaline crystals
Brazilian tourmalines; by Mauro Cateb via Flickr Commons; CC2.0 

Tourmaline Crystal

Tourmaline is one of the more diverse composite gemstones ever discovered. The stones are beautiful, and can often be found within a range of quality required for use in jewelry making. Tourmalines are usually composed from within a range of twelve or more elements; this wide range of possible ingredients has enabled nature to provide us with a wide array of hues.

Tourmaline crystal has been known and in use since ancient times; and in the last century, new colors have been discovered. These stones have their primary composition in minerals such as silicon, boron, lithium, iron, sodium, etc.; and the wonderful rainbow hues commonly found come from trace elements held within. These stones are found prevalently in volcanic pegmatites, but they have also been discovered in deposits of eluvium and alluvium.

Tourmaline mining occurs around the world, including in Africa, Australia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, the United States, and many other locations.

Tourmaline derives from the Sinhalese word "tourmali" which is "mixed stone". These crystals have sometimes been called "Ceylonese magnets" since they can repel and attract hot ash because of their pyroelectric properties. Though coveted for having aesthetic qualities suitable for use in jewelry creation, they have also been used for various medicinal and metaphysical purposes. For example, it was believed in ancient times that the usage of tourmaline would increase one’s intellectual prowess, and would also issue them protection. The aforementioned qualities are still recognized to exist; and as well this crystal has been known to help those who use people using it to become more humble, calm, and overall, happier.

Disclaimer: You should consult your health and/or mental health professional before using any alternative healing methods. This article does not suggest otherwise.

Tourmalines in general are known to enhance the strength of the physical body and of the spirit; they inspire creativity as well. Their ability to heal is partially due to the quality of being able to produce far infrared; and also due to the ability to produce negative ions.

The individual colors of tourmaline have more specific metaphysical uses

Blue Tourmaline (Also Known as Indicolite):

One of the rarer colors this mineral is found in, the lovely and calming blue stones are commonly used as tools in stress relief. This color of tourmaline is known for its ability to provide the user with joy and peace; it is also used to heighten qualities of tolerance and kindness. Blue indicolite is a highly effective healing tool that can be of great use in enabling one to remove emotionally stressing factors from their life. Using this stone will allow the user to let go of the past and to focus on a brighter future.

Black Tourmaline:

The black variety of this gemstone is known to be an effective psychic defense mechanism for anyone who must be in a negative environment. It helps to secure the user's psyche against destructive forces. Black tourmaline is also utilized to banish anxiety and anger, and is known to assist in raising self-esteem. The linear flow of energy from this stone is suitable for stress relief either at work or at home.

Pink and Red Tourmaline:

These crystals are closely linked with the feminine side of love and romantic relationships. Both red and pink are considered to be ideal stones to represent the heart chakra. These colors of tourmaline are thought to be the best for healing old emotional wounds. Many people use them to create feelings of happiness, love and even relaxation. The red in particular is a suitable tool for finding courage in the face of adversity.

Tourmalated Quartz:

The quartz of this stone amps up the energy of the black tourmaline residing within. It is clear shot through with black in coloring. This stone can be used to repair the auric field, and can also be used to align all of the chakras. Tourmalated quartz is commonly used to provide a sense of calmness, and to relieve stress.

Green Tourmaline:

This is a brother stone to the red and pink varieties of tourmaline, and is representative of the masculine side of the heart chakra. It is often used to enhance vitality and stamina. This crystal is commonly utilized for the purpose of grounding oneself to the physical world. And being strongly associated with the heart chakra, it promotes health of the heart, and its energies encourage one to be more sympathetic and benevolent towards others.

watermelon tourmaline
A Wikimedia file: Watermelon tourmaline by Medereugeneandrew; by CC3.0

Watermelon Tourmaline:

Watermelon tourmaline features a pink center surrounded by a green ring; these are highly sought after stones. They combine the properties of pink, red, and green tourmaline, and amplify the effects of each one.

Related Article: Healing Properties of Black Tourmaline

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