Tourmaline, Mixed Color
Live in harmony with your body, heart, mind, and soul.
Be happy and wise and able to effectively assist others.
Increase your sense of curiosity and imagination.
Explore your internal beliefs and create positive change.
Let Tourmaline inspire you to live free and happy!
Healing Properties of Mixed Color Tourmaline
Spiritual: Mixed Color Tourmaline is a stone of balance, helping us to live in true harmony within our own body, mind, heart, and spirit. It inspires us to be fully honest and authentic in how we express ourselves, both verbally and in action. This honest expression in turn leads to a feeling of greater freedom in every area of our lives. The more we live in harmony with ourselves, the wiser and happier we become, and thus more able to be of assistance to others. Mixed Color Tourmaline helps balance all energetic fields, including the Chakra System. Mixed Color Tourmaline is attuned to the Root and Heart Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Libra and Gemini. It is connected to the element of Water and Earth and vibrates to the number 2 and 8.
Emotional: Mixed Tourmaline reduces fear and the feeling of being ungrounded, replaces those negative feelings with greater self-confidence and positivity. It is a wonderful stone to help us let go of victim mentality and move forward after emotional trauma. Mixed Color Tourmaline also encourages us to be more curious in general, and more willing to explore the root of our emotions in particular. As we learn more, we gain greater control over our emotions and become increasingly compassionate and capable of self-love. Mixed Color Tourmaline also helps balance the male/female sides of our brain and stimulates our imagination.
Mental: Mixed Color Tourmaline is useful for balancing the right and left sides of the brain, making it easier to use logic and creativity together. Mixed Tourmaline is also helpful for exploring our inner beliefs and seeing how they reflect in our outer lives. Anyone who struggles with money or romantic relationships, may benefit enormously be working with Mixed Color Tourmaline. The grounding and powerful energy of Tourmaline makes such explorations feel safe, and this in turn encourages us to look deeper and create positive change. It is a stone of inspiration and creativity, helping us to make the leaps in logic that lead to simple solutions for complex problems.
Physical: Mixed Color Tourmaline is thought to stimulate the metabolic and immune systems.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Mineralogy of Mixed Color Tourmaline
Mineral Family: Cyclosilicates
Chemical Composition: NA (Mg, Fe, Li, Mn, Al )3Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH,F)4
Color: Red, Pink, Yellow, Green, Purple, Black
Crystal System: Hexagonal/triagonal
Form/Habit: Prismatic, acicular
Fracture: Uneven, small conchoidal, brittle
Luminescence: Blue (short wave)
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.
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. 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.
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History of Mixed Color 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.
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 East India Company
Ethically Sourced Mixed Color Tourmaline
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Gem Dealer sells to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and Lapidary are in different countries and at least one middleman is involved.
This Mixed Color Tourmaline comes from a small mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
The exact mine is unknown, but most likely caused only minimal environmental damage.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Mixed Color Tourmaline was polished in Hong Kong, China.
The Lapidary is a female-owned 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
I first met the owner of the Hong Kong tumbling company at the 2014 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. A language barrier coupled with the quick pace of the gem show, makes it difficult to discuss sensitive or complicated topics. Every year I speak with the owner, often asking questions about the same stones, but getting slightly different answers. The communication problem makes me highly selective about which stones I will buy from her. If the stone is from mainland China, and I can independently determine its likely mining origin, I will buy it since short supply chains are important. If a stone is from another country, I am more cautious.
Safe Handling of Mixed Color Tourmaline
Tourmaline Tumbled Stone
Color: Multi-colored, typically pink/red and black, may also have purple, orange, yellow and/or green. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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