Published September 2016  •  Updated October 2022  •  Read Time: 7 minutes
Pink Tourmaline is a type of Elbaite, a variety of Tourmaline that can appear in every shade of the rainbow.  Pink Tourmaline is sometimes called Rubellite, especially in the fine jewelry industry to describe particularly vivid red and pink gemstones.  It is typically mined underground and is often associated with Clear Quartz and Smoky Quartz and Lepidolite.  It is sometimes polished together and is then called Pink Tourmaline Quartz.  It is wonderful stone for self-love and romantic love.  It has a cozy and warm energy that is very safe and inviting.  It can also be a very good choice for trauma work if we don’t feel worthy of love.

Pink Tourmaline

Pink Tourmaline Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Pink Tourmaline is an incredible stone for anyone who seeks to deepen their ability to love. It creates a direct pathway between the Base Chakra and Heart Chakra making it a phenomenal tool for devotional practices that require one to be both grounded and heart-centered. Pink Tourmaline is also a stone of great courage, helping us to dare to surrender fully to the Divine and to the awesome power of Love. It is one of the very best heart-cleansing stones as well as stone for deep wisdom and compassion. Pink Tourmaline invites us to nourish loving consciousness in every aspect of our life.

Metaphysical Properties Pink Tourmaline
Chakra Root and Heart
Element Water
Numerology 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, and 99
Zodiac Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius

Emotional Healing Properties

Pink Tourmaline has an exceptionally loving vibrational field. It comforts us and helps us to feel safe and brave. It is particularly useful for healing childhood-related hurts and wounds passed down along our family tree, as well as healing a broken heart. Pink Tourmaline helps us to be independent and empowered, and able to forgive those who have hurt us in the past, while creating good boundaries so that they can’t hurt us again in the future. Pink Tourmaline encourages us to love deeply, whether that means loving again or daring to love for the first time. In romantic relationships, Pink Tourmaline inspires passion, loyalty and respect. It can be used to attract new relationships, as well as to stimulate existing ones, and helps us to be friendly, charming, tactful and easy to love. Pink Tourmaline teaches us to practice radical self love and self care on a daily basis.

Mental Healing Properties

Pink Tourmaline helps us to stay focused on our goals, while remaining flexible enough to adjust them as necessary. It helps us to see the world more compassionately and not to be torn apart and distracted by negative emotions. It helps us to stay balanced during difficult situations, especially complex emotional situations. When stuck in a power-abuse relationship, Pink Tourmaline helps us to think clearly and get out, as well as to recognize that sometimes the greatest act of love, is to love and protect ourselves. Pink Tourmaline inspires us to be more merciful in our thinking. To be merciful, we must first be grounded and empowered, and from that place of strength we can then offer forgiveness and absolution to others. It promotes creativity, especially towards solving interpersonal problems. It encourages us to have a healthy ego and to take pride in our positive accomplishments.

Physical Healing Properties

Pink Tourmaline strongly advocates for self-care. It reminds us that self-care is something that we alone are responsible for. No one else – not our family, our doctor, or our society – can do self-care for us. Pink Tourmaline passionately supports us in being good to ourselves in whatever ways we can. Pink Tourmaline is also recommended for anyone worried about a physical heart condition. It makes a particularly excellent talisman to carry following a heart attack, when we may feel more worried about our health and fearful about the future. Pink Tourmaline helps us to stay calm and hopeful, but also to be make necessary lifestyle changes so that we can enjoy good health for many years to come.

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Pink Tourmaline Mineralogy

Where does Pink Tourmaline come from?

Tourmaline is found around the world.  Elbaite is one of the main varieties which can appear in a rainbow of colors, including red and pink.  Notable deposits for Pink Tourmaline include Afghanistan, Brazil, Italy, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Pakistan, Russia and the United States.

Mining and Treatments

Tourmaline is a fairly common mineral, but gem quality crystals are relatively rare, and found almost exclusively in Pegmatite. Numerous mines exist whose primary purpose is finding gem-quality Tourmaline.

Opaque Tourmalines are natural, enhanced only by cutting and polishing. But transparent Tourmaline can be heat-treated to brighten the color.  For example a dark green Tourmaline might be  heat-treated to become a vivid emerald green.  Such treatments primarily occur in the fine gemstone jewelry industry. Lab-created Tourmaline also exists.  But it is typically used for research purposes and so is not readily available to the general public.

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Mineral Family

Tourmaline is a generic term which refers to 11 varieties of borosilicate minerals that can be any color of the rainbow.  Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedra – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the three corners. These tetrahedras connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into a variety of secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Tourmaline belongs to the cyclosilicate family.  Cyclo means circle and all the minerals in this family form closed rings of tetrahedras.  All Tourmalines are borosilicats, which are cyclosilicates that contain the element boron.   Elbaite is a type of Tourmaline that comes in every shade of the rainbow, including red and pink.

Pink Tourmaline’s energy works well with its family – other Cyclosilicate minerals.  Try it in combination with AquamarineDioptaseEmeraldEudialyteloliteMorganite, and Sugilite.  It also works well with other varieties of Tourmaline.  Try it with Dravite and Schorl.

Pink Tourmaline Formation and Crystal Associates

Tourmaline is created when liquid magma from a volcanic explosion cools down and transforms into igneous rocks. During this cooling down period, borosilica acid shifts from being a gas/liquid into a solid compound, called Tourmaline. Most species of Tourmaline are found in Pegmatite, a type of ignenous rock which typically develops underwater

Pink Tourmaline’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Black Tourmaline, Lepidolite, Quartz, and Smoky Quartz

Pink vs Red Tourmaline

The only difference between Pink and Red Tourmaline is the degree of color saturation which is due to a high lithium content. In some cases, a crystal is very clearly “pink” or “red” but oftentimes the color is such that it could be reasonably called by either name.  If the crystal is particularly dark and vivid, it is sometimes called Rubellite.

Mineralogy Pink Tourmaline
Chemical Formula NA (Mg, Fe, Li, Mn, Al )3Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH,F)4
Cleavage Indistinct
Color Pink
Crystal System Hexagonal/triagonal
Form/Habit Prismatic, acicular
Fracture Uneven, small conchoidal, brittle
Hardness – Mohs Scale 7-7.5
Luminescence Blue (short wave)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Cyclosilicates
Specific Gravity 2.82-3.32
Streak White
Transparency Transparent to opaque

History of Pink Tourmaline

Tourmaline comes in every color making it difficult to trace in early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers.  In antiquity, Red and Pink Tourmaline were most likely confused with other similarly-colored gemstones, such as Garnet, Ruby or Spinal.  Red, Pink and Purple Tourmaline are sometimes referred to as “Rubellite”.  This is a marketing name, rather than a scientific one, and should be used only for those stones that have a particularly dark and vivid warm hue.

The name “Tourmaline” reflects this multicolored splendor.  It comes from the Sri Lankan word turmali, which can be translated as “stone with mixed colors” or “gem pebbles.”  Sri Lanka is known for its beautiful Elbaite Tourmalines that come in every shade of the rainbow.  The Dutch East India Company first visited Sri Lanka in 1602, and then took control of the island’s coastline from 1640 until 1789.  Among the many imports that the Dutch East India Company brought back to Europe were sparkly gemstones.  The oldest record for Tourmaline’s healing powers is from a lapidary published in 1632 which calls Tourmaline, “the stone of wisdom, that is clear and resistant to all vagaries of fate.”

According to legend, when the Dutch East India Company introduced Elbaite Tourmalines to northern Europe, they were placed on display in Amsterdam.  Dutch children pointed out that the straw from the packaging material was magically attached to the stones. Soon after, Dutch scientists confirmed the unusual trait. While the legend is endearing, it is more likely that Tourmaline’s pyroelectric properties were discovered by Dutch jewelers, who commonly tested the durability of new gemstones by placing them in a fire. When heated, the Tourmaline would have attracted the ash from the fire. Indeed, Tourmaline was originally called aschentrekker, or “ash-attracter”. Later it was called the “electric stone.”