Tourmaline, Watermelon (Rough)

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Joyous Love

Be fully present and heart-centered.

See beauty in everything around you.

Love extravagantly and be a good friend.

Live empowered and focus on the positive.

Let Watermelon Tourmaline sweeten life!

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Healing Properties of Watermelon Tourmaline

Spiritual: Watermelon Tourmaline is a stone of love and joy. It helps us to stay fully present, heart-centered, and aware of the beauty of the moment. At such times, we may embody our Highest Self and begin to resemble a Laughing Buddha. Like any fully realized being, that often means we will find humor and delight in everything around us and want to generously share our gifts with the world. Watermelon Tourmaline strengthens the practice of compassion and mercy and can facilitate deep spiritual and emotional healing. It also positively enhances the experience of being in nature and connects us to all beings great and small. Watermelon Tourmaline is attuned to the Heart Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Gemini, Libra, and Virgo. It is connected to the element Water and vibrates to the number 2.

Emotional: Watermelon Tourmaline is an incredible stone for the heart! It increases our capacity to love with wild abandon, to be exquisitely tender, and to offer the hand of friendship to all we meet. Watermelon Tourmaline facilitates all types of relationships, including romantic, familial and platonic. Watermelon Tourmaline also inspires feelings of  safety and security, helping to reduce depression and temper tantrums. This is ultimately a very joyful stone which can help us keep an even keel, able to weather the ups and downs of regular life. With it, we learn that true happiness is created within and with practice it can be maintained regardless of outer circumstances.

Mental: Watermelon Tourmaline teaches diplomacy and tact, helping us to combine logic with emotional sensitivity. It is extremely good for seeing the potential benefit of otherwise negative experiences. Watermelon Tourmaline shows us that all experiences are given to us so that we can grow. While life may have its moments of struggle and strife, life is ultimately good.  Moreover, we have the choice to determine where we put our mental energy. Watermelon Tourmaline gently nudges us to focus on the positive.

Physical: Watermelon Tourmaline is recommended for anyone who is struggling to love their own body.  This struggle may be caused by unrealistic beauty standards verse the reality of our genetics, injuries and other issues that make it impossible for us to have the body we want.  The struggle can also be caused by a more serious body dysmorphia or exasperated by underlying conditions such as depression.  Watermelon Tourmaline wraps us up in a big loving energy hug and tells us that we’re gorgeous and don’t ever forget it! Watermelon Tourmaline helps us to see and acknowledge beauty, both inside and out, more readily.  It asks us to be kinder to our actual body as well as to our self-image.  Watermelon Tourmaline is an excellent talisman when there are serious problems with our physical heart.  It is also a sweet talisman when we are faced with serious issues affecting our  nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis or paralysis.     

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Watermelon Tourmaline

Rough Watermelon Tourmaline
Rough Watermelon Tourmaline, Dunton Gem Quarry, Maine, USA

Mineral Family: Cyclosilicates

Chemical Composition: NA (Mg, Fe, Li, Mn, Al )3Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH,F)4
Cleavage: Indistinct
Color: Red, Pink
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 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 Zimbabwe.watermelon 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. The most valuable variety is Elbaite, which comes in every shade of the rainbow. Watermelon Tourmaline is a type of Elbaite that includes both green and red/pink in the same crystal.

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.

Synonyms: Elbaite

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough Watermelon Tourmaline

History of Watermelon 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.”

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 Ship

Ethically Sourced Watermelon Tourmaline

 

The Miners pool their stones in a Co-op

The Co-Op sells directly to an Gem Exporter.

The Gem Exporter sells directly to Moonrise Crystals. 

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is clean and short.

The Mines, Co-Op and Exporting Company are all located in the same country.

 

 

The Mine

This Watermelon Tourmaline comes from small mines in Minas Giras, Brazil.

These mines cause only minimal environmental damage and would be relatively safe for miners.

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Importer

This Watermelon Tourmaline was cleaned and exported by a Brazilian family business. 

The business focuses on ethical sourcing and manufacturing Brazilian stones.

All workers are safe and paid fair wages. 

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I first met this source at the 2020 Tucson Gem Show.  I was surprised to see a sign that advertised “ethical sourcing” and immediately went to investigate.  I discovered a family business, run by a father, mother and sons who live in Brazil.  The business is over 30 years old and originally was much like any other.  But the wife/mother soon became concerned about the conditions in Brazilian mines and polishing factories, and their effect on local communities.  She gradually transformed the business following the principles of Fair Trade and articulated her own ethical commitments.  Among these commitments are: to be environmentally friendly, work with miners coops, have a participatory workplace, develop long-term relationships, sponsoring education for miners’ children, and respect cultural identities.

I had a long conversation with this inspiring woman, discussing both our own businesses as well as the larger industry.  We already shared many of the same ethical commitments.  But I was intrigued by her commitment to respecting cultural identities.  In Brazil, much of the land where the mines are located are owned by indigenous peoples.  But oftentimes miners are from somewhere else, and usually don’t have any vested interest in protecting the local environment or distributing wealth into the local economy.  To respect cultural identities means to do business with local indigenous peoples, rather that transient outsiders.

Safe Handling of Watermelon 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.

Watermelon Tourmaline

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

Details:

  • Color: Pink with green outline, may be fully enclosed or only partially
  • Polish: Natural
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Natural rough slices
  • Size: Average size varies
    • Small is .25 in / 6 mm – typically fully enclosed green ring
    • Large is .5 in / 12 mm – typically a “slice” that is not fully enclosed
  • Transparency: Translucent
  • Weight: Average weight varies
    • Small is .25 g /1.25 carats
    • Large is .75 g / 3.75 carats

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

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