Red Tourmaline Quartz Heart

Powerful Love

Be grounded, strong and incredibly alive in love.

Heal the emotional wounds and traumas of the past.

Feel passionate, energized and focused on your goals.

Attract new relationships and stimulate existing ones.

Let Red Tourmaline Quartz inspire you to love more!

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Healing Properties of Red Tourmaline Quartz

Spiritual: Red Tourmaline is an incredible stone for anyone who wants to deepen their ability to love.  Red Tourmaline connects the root chakra to the heart, creating a direct pathway for devotional practices that require one to be both grounded and firmly heart-centered.  It invites us to understand the true nature of Love, it all its complexity and glory.  It reminds us that we must love other people as well as ourselves, it cannot be just the one or the other.  For love is a flowing energy that must travel back and forth between hearts, it can’t simply go one direction or stay in one place.  Red Tourmaline sings of courage without aggression, for doing what is right, while still being tactful and flexible.  It helps us to achieve our goals, without creating new problems along the way.  Red Tourmaline is attuned to the Root and Heart Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Libra, Sagittarius and Scorpio. It is connected to the elements Water and Earth and vibrates to the numbers 1, 2, 4, and 5.

Emotional: Red Tourmaline has a dynamic and loving vibrational field which is very pleasant to be around.  It encourages us to follow it’s lead and to showcase our own friendly and charming nature.  Red Tourmaline inspires feelings of comfort and safety between people, putting everyone at ease and allowing for more emotional intimacy.  It can be used to deepen friendships as well as to inspire passionate and satisfying romances.  Red Tourmaline gives us courage to love for the first time and to love again after heartbreak.  It reminds us that sometimes a relationship is only meant to last for a little while, but that doesn’t mean it failed or that the love wasn’t real or important.  When we are in-love with someone,  Red Tourmaline adds a rich delight to every encounter.  It motivates to keep our relationship fresh and exciting, while simultaneously prioritizing comfort and stability.  It challenges us to celebrate every day and to seize every opportunity for love.   Anyone who feels  emotionally numb, isolated or traumatized by the past will benefit from the dynamic energy of Red Tourmaline which shines like a beacon, drawing us back into Love, Light and Life.

Mental: Red Tourmaline encourages us to see the world with more compassion and pragmaticism.  If we have a tendency to jump to conclusions and believe that other people are conspiring against us, Red Tourmaline helps us to calm down.  It reminds us that most people are just trying to get through the day and they might not even notice their impact on others.  Red Tourmaline inspires us to be magnanimous and to assume good or neutral intent until proven otherwise.  If someone harms us, Red Tourmaline helps us to forgive so that our own heart doesn’t harden and to give absolution if the situation warrants it.  This kind of merciful response is not a sign of weakness, but rather of power.  To be merciful, means we are in control of the situation and in control of ourselves as well.

Physical: Red Tourmaline is a strong advocate for preventative self-care and for taking immediate action whenever a physical problem develops.  Red Tourmaline reminds us that we are responsible for our body and health, and no one can help us if we don’t first help ourselves.  Red Tourmaline asks us to act sensibly in regards to food, exercise, stress levels, and anything else that has a daily impact on our health.  It also encourages us to get regular physical checkups, so that any problem is discovered early and can be treated immediately.  If we suffer from mental issues, Red Tourmaline reminds us that the mind is part of our brain, and the brain is part of the body.  Just like any body part, our mind can get injured or sick and may need expert help in order to heal.  Red Tourmaline helps us to not take mental health issues so personally, but rather to treat them pragmatically the same way we might deal with a broken leg or a tooth cavity.  Red Tourmaline is an especially good talisman for anything to do with the physical heart, circulatory systems and reproductive system.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

*Red Tourmaline Quartz has the same qualities as pure Red Tourmaline, however, the energy is magnified due to the presence of Clear Quartz.

Mineralogy of Red Tourmaline Quartz

Red Tourmaline and Clear Quartz, Palelni Mine, Mynamar

Rock Type: Silicate Rock
Major Minerals: Quartz and Red Tourmaline

Color: Black Tourmaline enclosed in transparent Quartz
Gravity: Varies, 2.65-3.2
Hardness: 7-7.5
Fluorescence: Blue (short wave)
Texture: Vitreous
Transparency: Transparent to opaque

Location: The most important Tourmaline 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 tourmaline mine locations

Rock 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. Red and Pink Tourmaline are more properly called Rubellite.

Formation: The Tourmaline family contains 11 different kinds of borosilicate minerals in a wide spectrum of colors. Tourmaline is found in many locations, with the best-formed crystals found in Pegmatite, an igneous rock, and metamorphosed Limestone which has come into contact with granite magma.

Mining: Numerous mines exist whose primary purpose is finding gem-quality Tourmaline in pegmatite.

Enhancements: Synthetic Tourmaline 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 a lighter emerald color. Heat treated Tourmaline are used primarily in the fine gem industry. Virtually any tumbled Tourmaline will be fully natural.

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough Red Tourmaline Quartz

History of Red 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 materials 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.

Photos: Dutch East India Company

Ethically Sourced Red Tourmaline Quartz Heart


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 located in the same country.



The Mine

This Red Tourmaline Quartz was artisanally mined in Madagascar.  

The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,

and would have been relatively low risk for miners. 

Learn More: Ethical Mining


The Lapidary

This Red Tourmaline Quartz was polished in Antananarivo, Madagascar.    

The Lapidary is owned by a woman and is a family business. 

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

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

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary


Sourcing Relationship

I first met the owner of the lapidary at the 2006 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. At that time I was working for a crystal shop in Utah and was at Tucson primarily as a “pack mule” to help carry all the stones. It was generally agreed by our crew that the “Madagascar” tent contained the most beautiful stones in the entire show.

In 2014, I embarked on my first buying trip for Moonrise Crystals.  The company I knew of only as “Madagascar” was the one company I was most determined to find and buy from. This lapidary company only sells at a handful of major gem shows.  The only time they are in the USA is for the Tucson Gem Show. During the rest of the year, the lapidary hand polishes their stock and also does charity work in their local community.  They continue to offer some of the most beautiful tumbled stones in the industry and are among my favorite suppliers.

In 2019, Moonrise Crystals and the Madagascar lapidary company joined together to financially support a rural school in Madagascar.

Safe Handling of Red Tourmaline Quartz


Red Tourmaline Quartz

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Red Tourmaline Quartz

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: Madagascar

Polishing Method: Polished by hand, one stone at a time. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.


  • Color: White with red spots, may also have brown or pink inclusions
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Puffy Heart
  • Size: Average size is 2 x 2 x .5 in / 50 x 50 x 12 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is 2 oz / 56 g / 283 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.


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