Tourmaline, Black (Disc)

$15.00

Calm Protection

Feel happy and relaxed, regardless of the people around you.

Stay centered in your own power and create real change.

Honestly evaluate yourself and others and act accordingly.

Have a better work/life balance and focus on your priorities.

Let Black Tourmaline inspire you to keep it together!

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Healing Properties of Black Tourmaline

Spiritual: Black Tourmaline is one of the best protective stones available, particularly for anyone who spends hours each day working/living in a negative atmosphere. It offers protection against psychic attacks and energetic vampires while simultaneously acting as a purifying agent to clear our auric field of anything that does not serve us. This purifying property also allows us to elevate our own consciousness and move forward on the path to Enlightenment. Black Tourmaline is a wonderful grounding stone that can help us stay centered in our own bodies and true to our path. It can also reveal ways we can become more altruistic on a practical physical level, enabling us to create true positive change in the world.  Black Tourmaline is attuned to the Root Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Libra and Capricorn. It is connected to the element Earth and vibrates to the numbers 2, 3 and 4.

Emotional: Black Tourmaline is an exceptionally grounding and protective stone.  It disperse tension and stress and encourages us to have a positive attitude regardless of circumstances.  It helps us to stay grounded and centered.  Black Tourmaline is a fantastic stone for developing and maintaining boundaries, so that we can more easily take ownership for our own “stuff” without feeling like we are responsible for other people’s “stuff.”  Black Tourmaline helps us to feel safe and to disengage from obsessive thoughts and chronic worry.  It helps us to have a more casual and relaxed energy, without negelecting anything that is truly important.  It is a fantastic stone to carry around during a crisis, whether our own or someone elses.  Black Tourmaline helps us to focus on being useful and to calm prioritize.

Mental: Black Tourmaline helps clear away negative thoughts, and instead encourages us to just stay calm and be sensible. It helps us to stay emotionally neutral and to think rationally and with practical creativity.  Black Tourmaline also helps us to recognize our own mistakes and to calmly determine how we can fix them. It ensures that we don’t “beat ourselves up” mentally for our mistakes, and instead helps us to realize that we are still learning, growing, and that everything is going to ok in the end.  Black Tourmaline is an especially good stone for anyone seeking a better work/life balance or who needs to take stock of their real priorities.  Black Tourmaline is also very good for empaths who struggle with boundaries or have a hard time stay grounded when there’s alot of whirling energy in a room.

Physical: Black Tourmaline is highly recommended whenever life has gotten too stressful or chaotic, and we need to re-focus on the basics.  Black Tourmaline acts as a sweet but serious reminder to take care of ourselves so that we have the energy to handle everything else.   It helps us to embrace “good enough” rather than demanding perfection.  But it also helps us to notice when our “good enough” is actually unhealthy and making our life harder than it needs to be.  For example, there might be a moment when junk food is “good enough” for a quick refuel, but a habit of eating junk food creates additional problems down the road.  Black Tourmaline helps us to find the sweet and sensible spot in the middle, where we can handle the present stress, without creating future stress.  Black Tourmaline is a good talisman for anyone undergoing chemotherapy or other intense healing work.  It helps us to stay calm and stay focused on the things we can control.   It is also a good talisman when dealing with problems that affect the spine or lower -body, such as legs or feet.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Black Tourmaline

Rough Black Tourmaline
Rough Black Touramline

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. Black Tourmaline is more properly called Schorl.

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 ignenous 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.

Synonyms: Schorl, Warriorite

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Raw Black Tourmaline

History of Black 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 Company 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.

Black Tourmaline is also called ‘Schorl’. This name dates back to at least 1400, and was named after a village in Germany named Zschorlau. The villages was near a tin mine, where Black Tourmaline was also found. Medieval German natural historians described the black stone and called it “schurl” a variation on the village’s name.

Zschorlau
The modern village of Zschorlau, Germany

Photos: Dutch East India CompanyZschorlau

Ethically Sourced Black 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.

The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.

 

 

The Mine

This Black Tourmaline was artisanally-mined in Rajasthan, India.  

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

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

The Lapidary

This Black Tourmaline was polished in Mumbai, India.    

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

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 in 2014 at the Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona.  It was my first buying trip for my own store and I was nervous.  Most lapidary owners were brisk and impatient with my questions, especially when I asked about the mines and the supply chains.   But one man stood out to me as particularly patient and kind.  He had been a whole-seller for over twenty years, yet he was happy to meet someone brand-new to the industry.

He took time to talk to me about the stones.  They came from his home country of India and he was able to tell me exactly which state or territory each one came from and some of the conditions at the individual mines.  When I told him that I wanted to source ethically, he said that it would be difficult, but that it was worthwhile challenge.  He made me feel like I could succeed, both at ethical sourcing and at being a business woman.

I looked forward to a long business relationship with him.  He died, unexpectedly, in 2016.

I stayed in touch with his family and in 2017 met his wife, teenage daughter, and his father.  This three-generation family has picked up the pieces and learned how to run the business.  The wife had never worked before, but she has gracefully stepped into her new role as a business owner.  Her father-in-law offers practical and moral support, but makes sure that everyone knows that SHE is the boss and that checks should be written directly to her.  The family continues to be supportive of my efforts to ethically source.  More than any other lapidary, they are willing to speak openly with me about the difficult parts of the industry.  They have invited me to visit them in India, to visit the mines and their lapidary.  The daughter is now a GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Graduate and is interested in reiki and other healing modalities.  As she has grown up, she has become increasingly concerned about ethical issues.  The wife, the daughter and I are in active conversation about how we can support each other so that their supply chain becomes more ethical.

Safe Handling of Black Tourmaline

Black Tourmaline

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Black 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: India

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

Details:

  • Color: Black
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Rounded Disc
  • Size: Average size is 1.5 in / 38 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is 1 oz / 28 g / 141 carats

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

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