Tourmaline, Dravite

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Kind Grounding

Feel compassionate as well as practical.

Be brave enough to take on responsibility.

Have good boundaries and a happy heart.

Heal whatever hurts you & your community.

Let Dravite Tourmaline inspire bright growth!

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Healing Properties of Dravite Tourmaline

Spiritual: Dravite Tourmaline has a wise and kind energy that can inspire deep personal healing as well as profound community healing.  Dravite Tourmaline connects us to the peace of the Earth.  It gives us strength, stamina, persistence and courage so we can do great work.  Dravite Tourmaline invites us to become our Higher Self and to grow up into the Light.  It helps us to explore our shadows sides and to come to terms with any pain or shame we may be hiding from.  As we heal our own heart, it also invites us to care more about our community and the world.  Dravite Tourmaline shows us how we can be a Helper that other people can look to during times of trouble.  Dravite Tourmaline is also wonderful crystal to add to gardens to help plants grow and thrive.  Dravite Tourmaline is attuned to the Root and Heart Chakras, and linked to Aries.  It is connected to the element Earth and Storm and vibrates to the numbers 2 and 9

Emotional: Dravite Tourmaline strengthens empathy and encourages us to do the hard work to solve our own problems.  It is an excellent stone to work with when fighting with family or suffering during a family estrangement.  Dravite Tourmaline helps us to see other people’s perspectives without compromising our own boundaries and integrity.  It also helps us to face the parts of ourselves or our past which seem unlovable or unforgiveable.  Dravite Tourmaline gently nurtures self-compassion and healing after trauma.  If we have become emotionally numb, Dravite Tourmaline helps us to feel again.  It calmly grounds us if we have the urge to deny, panic, or run away.  It reminds us that healing is possible, but it requires us to accept reality, take on the correct responsibility, and do what needs to be done. Thankfully, Dravite Tourmaline energy can also help us to see the humor in terrible moments and to stay hopeful and heart-centered when all seems lost.  It is an ally in the dark times that leads us back to the Light.

Mental: Dravite Tourmaline is a wonderful teacher for pragmaticism and compassion.  It helps us to recognize negative patterns and issues and to find simple and creative solutions. Dravite Tourmaline helps us to calmly review the situation, without fear or denial.  It pushes us to ask ourselves what needs to be released or resolved so that everyone can move forward and new growth can occur.  Dravite Tourmaline helps us to make tough choices and do difficult things when it is necessary.  It releases anxiety and helps us to feel competent and capable.  It is a powerful crystal for community-minded individuals who want to improve or save the world.

Physical: Dravite Tourmaline is recommended for anyone who needs to release addictions or stop self-harming. It encourages us to face the emotions and situations which are driving the negative behaviors.  Dravite Tourmaline encourages us to be more compassionate towards ourselves and to face our fears rather than run away or numb ourselves.  Dravite Tourmaline is a wonderful talisman for problems associated with the intestines and elimination system, including Chrone’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  It is also a good reminder that no matter the situation, laughter is good medicine.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Dravite Tourmaline

Dravite Tourmaline, Rampura-Agucha Zn-(Pb) deposit, Rajasthan, India

Mineral Family: Cyclosilicates

Chemical Composition: NA (Mg, Fe, Li, Mn, Al )3Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH,F)4
Cleavage: Indistinct
Color: Most often brown or golden-brown, may also be green or blue
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: Dravite Tourmaline is a fairly common variety of Tourmaline and found in numerous locations worldwide.  The most important deposits for rich golden-brown Dravites are in Australia, Austria, Canada, France, India, Italy, Nepal, Norway, Slovenia, United States (north-eastern states) and Vietnam 

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, one of which is Dravite which is most known for its golden-brown coloring.

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: Brown Tourmaline

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Dravite Tourmaline

History of Dravite 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.

Dutch Trading Ship
Dutch Trading Ship

Centuries 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.”

Drava River, Slovenia

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.

Dravite Tourmaline was first identified in 1883 by Gustav Tschermak von Seyensegg (1836-1927), an Austrian mineralogist. The original type specimen was found near the Drava River in Slovania from which its name derives.  The river’s name is very old, pre-dating Slavic, Roman and Celtic times.  It comes from the Sanskrit word dravati, meaning “to flow”.  This close link to Sanskrit likely means the river was first named using a proto-Indo-European language, which may date as far back as the Neolithic period.  

 

Photos: Dutch ShipDrava River

Ethically Sourced Dravite Tourmaline

 

The Miners sell to 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 Dravite Tourmaline was artisanally-mined in the Karaput District of Orrissa, India.

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 Dravite Tourmaline was polished in Mumbai, India.

The Lapidary is a family business, owned by two business partners.

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 one of the owners of the lapidary at the Denver Gem Show in 2017.  Our first encounter was short since it was my last day of shopping and I had already spent most of my budget.  But their tumbled stock was the highest quality I had ever seen.  A few months later we met again in Tucson and this time I made sure to see them at the beginning of the show!

In 2019, at the Tucson Gem Show, I was able to sit down with both owners and have a lengthy conversation about sourcing.  Unlike most vendors, they were willing to speak with me in-depth about how they make sure their business is ethical.  We talked about individual mines they source from both in India as well as how they source from other countries.  We also talked about how they treat their own workers and about the links between business, karma and God.   Their willingness to talk and their pleasure at the conversation makes me eager to continue to develop and deepen this relationship.

Safe Handling of Dravite Tourmaline

Watermelon Tourmaline can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing their color, especially if the stone is opaque, rather than translucent or transparent. However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.

Dravite Tourmaline

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Dravite 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. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color: Dark brown, with a golden glitter in bright light
  • Polish: Smooth and shiny
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Mostly ovals
  • Size: Average size varies
    • Small is .75 in / 19 mm
    • Large is 1 in / 25 mm
  • Transparency: Mostly opaque, but may be translucent in some areas
  • Weight: Average weight varies
    • Small is .2 oz /5.5 g /28 carat
    • Large is .4 oz / 11 g / 56 carats

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

Reviews

  1. Linda M (Texas)

    The crystals just arrived and they are gorgeous!

    Also, the sage arrived in good shape. Almost too pretty to use. Love the colored hemp string.

  2. Beth S. (Kentucky)

    The Dravite is beautifully translucent. In direct life it’s alive with sparkles. Its energy is friendly, steady and grounding, an inspiration for resolving difficulties and making things right.

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