Tourmaline, Green

$28.25

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Feel connected to all creatures great and small.

Access your own power of amazing self-healing.

See all sides of a problem and solve it with wisdom.

Stay heart-centered and attract all forms of abundance.

Let Green Tourmaline inspire you to be be more joyful!

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Healing Properties of Green Tourmaline

Spiritual: Green Tourmaline sings with joy and gratitude for the wonder of life and the glory of Divine Love.  It links us directly with the Earth’s own healing powers.  It encourages us to bring ourselves, our community and our world into heart-balance.  Green Tourmaline has a masculine-yang energy, which inspires active compassion, rather than passive/reflective compassion.  It urges us to dive into this physical world, connect with others and make beautiful things happen in real life.  Green Tourmaline has a very wholesome and healthy energy that expands the heart chakra and makes our aura grow larger.  It attracts long-lasting success and abundance, and transforms negative energies into positive.  Green Tourmaline attracts devas and other nature spirits, making it a wonderful crystal for gardeners, herbalists and anyone who works in earth medicine.  It is attuned to the Heart Chakra, and linked to Libra and Capricorn.  It is connected to the element of Earth and Water and vibrates to the numbers 2 and 6.

Emotional: Green Tourmaline has a happy and courageous energy.  It encourages us to let go of our inhibitions and to be open to trying new things.  It helps us to laugh at ourselves and to not take ourselves so seriously.  It teasingly reminds us to get back up, whenever we fall down.  Green Tourmaline helps us to see change as a call to adventure, rather than something to fear or dread.  It makes us eager to learn more, grow and evolve.  Green Tourmaline also reminds us to be very kind and tender towards ourselves as well as with others.  It inspires patience, trustworthiness, a sense of belonging and makes us truly interested in getting to know other people and helping everyone thrive.  Green Tourmaline reduces claustrophobia and helps to decrease emotional triggers and panic attacks.  Green Tourmaline is one of the very best stones for working through issues related to fathers and other male-authority figures.

Mental: Green Tourmaline helps us to calm down and loosen up.  It helps reduce the negative influence of our ego, while keeping the more positive aspects alive.  Green Tourmaline inspires constructive thinking and creative problem-solving.  It helps us to see many possible solutions to a problem, and then to choose the best option according to our current knowledge and value system.  Green Tourmaline reduces perfectionism and helps us to accept that life is a constant work in progress and to enjoy the journey.  Green Tourmaline calms hyperactive minds and reduces anxiety.  It highlights wonderful masculine qualities, making this stone a unique ally for feminists fighting against toxic patriarchy culture.  It helps us to honestly examine our past, be encouraged by our current progress and to to be eager to create a better future for all.

Physical: Green Tourmaline is one of the primary stones used by metaphysical healers to treat the physical body.  It is particularly useful for issues related to the physical heart.  Green Tourmaline is also said to stimulate cellular health, and so is recommended for anyone with cancer or other cellular-growth disorders.  Green Tourmaline moves healing energy throughout the body, bringing a sense of vitality and overall healthiness.  It is used to encourage healthy sleep patterns, calm the nervous system and fight Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.   It is also used to support the immune system, treat eye disorders, heal the thymus and glands, and to strengthen the spine.  Green Tourmaline has additionally been used to facilitate weight loss and encourage healthy elimination and detox.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Green Tourmaline

Green Tourmaline, Pederneira Mine, Minas Girais, Brazil

Mineral Family: Cyclosilicates

Chemical Composition: NA (Mg, Fe, Li, Mn, Al )3Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH,F)4
Cleavage: Indistinct
Color: Black
Crystal System: Hexagonal/triagonal
Form/Habit: Prismatic, acicular
Fracture: Uneven, small conchoidal, brittle
Gravity: 2.82-3.32
Hardness: 7-7.5
Luminescence: Blue (short wave)
Luster: Vitreous
Streak: White
Transparency: Transparent to opaque

Location: The most important deposits are in Brazil. Additional deposits are located in Afghanistan, Australia, India, Italy, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, United States (California, Maine), Zambia, Zaire, and Zimbabwe.black tourmaline mine locations

Mineral Family: Tourmaline is a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. 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. Another such subdivision is Borosilicates, which are silicate minerals which contain the element Boron (a brown metal).  Tourmaline is a generic term which refers to 11 varieties of borosilicate minerals.  Green Tourmaline is usually Elbite, the most valuable form which produces most colorful, gem-quality Tourmalines.

Formation: 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 igneous rock which typically develops underwater

Mining: 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.

Enhancements: Synthetic Tourmalines exist, but are typically used for research purposes and are not readily available to the general public. On occasion Tourmaline may be heat treated to lighten its color; for example, a dark green Tourmaline may be heat treated to create an emerald color. Heat treated Tourmalines are used primarily in the fine gem industry. Virtually any tumbled Tourmaline will be fully natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting and polishing.  Gem-quality Green Tourmaline is often confused with or used in place of Emerald.

Synonyms: Elbaite, Verdelite, Chrome Tourmaline

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Green Tourmaline

History of Green Tourmaline

Tourmaline comes in many different shades and so was most likely equated with other similarly-colored gemstones in antiquity. As a result, it is difficult to trace Tourmaline in early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers.

Pliny the Elder (CE 23-79), a Roman author, naturalist and philosopher, may have described Tourmaline in his lapidary, The Natural History of Precious Gemstones.  Pliny the Elder described two stones from India which he called lychnis (probably Red Tourmaline) and iona (probably Purple Tourmaline). These two stones had an unusual quality when left to heat in the sun, or warmed by rubbing them vigorously, they would attract small pieces of paper or straw. Tourmaline does in fact have a pyroelectric quality, meaning that when it is heated it gains a static charge which attracts small particles of dust, paper, lint etc.

Anonymous_The_Noord-Nieuwland_in_Table_Bay,_1762Centuries later, Dutch traders in the Indian Ocean brought back to Europe numerous examples of Tourmaline. According to legend, while the Tourmaline were 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 pyroelectic 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.”

During this time period, Tourmaline’s metaphysical qualities were first recorded. A European lapidary in 1632 states: “[Tourmaline is] the stone of wisdom, that is clear and resistant to all vagaries of fate.”  Seventy years later, Tourmaline’s modern name was first used when the Dutch East India Comapany marketed  Sri Lanka Tourmaline by its Sinhalese name, Turamli, which is thought to have meant either “stone with mixed colors” or “gem pebbles”.

Aboriginal tribes in Africa, Australia and the Americas are thought to have used Tourmaline as protection against danger and to increase the healing power of medicine men. Ceremonies in ancient India supposedly used Tourmaline as a tool for gaining deeper insight while Arab traditions state that Tourmaline is a stone of the sun and gives strength to the heart and freedom from nightmares. During the late 19th century, it was reported that Native American tribes in southern California used Green and Pink Tourmalines as funerary gifts.

Photos: Dutch East India Company

Ethically Sourced Green Tourmaline

 

The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.

The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is short and  clean.

The Mine and Lapidary are in neighboring countries and there are no middlemen involved. 

 

 

The Mine

This Green Tourmaline comes a small Tourmaline mine  in Karibib, Namibia. 

The mine most likely caused only minor environmental damage,

and would have been relatively low risk for miners.

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Lapidary

This Green Tourmaline was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I have been doing business with this source since 2014.  They are the oldest tumbling company in the world and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source.  The company started in California in the 1950s and was eventually bought by a British immigrant who had young sons.  Eventually the company moved to South Africa in order to be closer to the source of their best-selling stone and to have the legal rights to export it.  The company is now run by the sons and their childhood best friend.

The current owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally.  For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners.  The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.  Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin.  For those that aren’t, I ask the owners directly.  As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them.  However, they remain my preferred source for most of the stones I sell from sub-Sahara Africa.

Safe Handling of Green Tourmaline

Green Tourmaline

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Green Tourmaline

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin:  Brazil

Polishing Method:  Individually hand-polished. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color: Mostly green
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Rounded
  • Size: Average size is .75 in / 19 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is .4 ounce / 11 grams / 56 carats.
  • Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

Reviews

  1. Karen M (New York)

    It’s perfect for me. Love the color and energy!

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  4. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    Beautiful crystal! I love all the tiny rainbows it has! Excellent customer service and fast shipping! Thank you!

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    Great green color. Good energy! Thank you Julie! A++++ seller!

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