Tourmaline, Purple (Siberite)
Feel securely grounded in the Earth and in complete alignment.
Achieve “empty mind” and physical ease in sitting meditation.
Reduce PTSD symptoms and false “fight or flight” impulses.
Release judgement and be open to new ideas and discoveries.
Let Purple Tourmaline strengthen your spirituality!
Mineralogy of Purple Tourmaline
Mineral Family: Cyclosilicates
Chemical Composition: NA (Mg, Fe, Li, Mn, Al )3Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH,F)4
Crystal System: Hexagonal/rigonal
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. Most varieties of Purple Tourmaline are more properly called Rubellite, although Siberite is also used.
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: Siberite, Rubellite
Map courtesy of TravelBlog
History of Purple 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
Healing Properties of Purple Tourmaline
Spiritual: Purple Tourmaline has an incredibly serene energy. Like all Tourmaline, it is deeply grounding and protective, however Purple Tourmaline takes that deep security even further and grounds it deeply into the Earth beneath us, then raises it through each chakra all the way into the upper Crown. It facilitates remarkable Zen-like meditation as well as deep relaxation and trust in the Divine. Purple Touramline is attuned to the Root, Heart, and Crown Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Libra, Scorpio and Taurus. It is connected to the elements Water and Earth and vibrates to the numbers 1, 2, 4, and 5.
Emotional: Purple Tourmaline can be used to explore the roots and ramifications of our belief systems, both material and spiritual. It has an extremely calming vibration, and can help reduce PTSD symptoms such as compulsive thinking/reliving memories. Purple Tourmaline encourages us to get out of “fight or flight mode,” which is one of the most primitive parts of the brain and, instead, to think clearly and constructively. It reminds us that we are safe and can relax.
Mental: Purple Tourmaline is exceptionally helpful for releasing emotional attachment and viewing the world from a relaxed and non-judgmental state. It is highly recommend for anyone working in the physical sciences because it encourages us to look beyond our preconceived notions and to be open to sudden insights.
Physical: Purple Tourmaline is said to help reduce headaches and migraines. It is most commonly used to reduce PTSD.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Earth to Pocket
Earth to Pocket is the Moonrise Crystal business mission. It’s the promise that any stones purchased here will be consciously sourced and the journey of the stone, from the Earth and into your Pocket, will be as transparent as possible.
These Purple Tourmalines were mined in Brazil and tumbled in South Africa.
I met the owner of the South African tumbling company at the 2014 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. This company only sells tumbled stones twice a year, once at the Tucson show and later at the Sainte Marie Aux Mines International Mineral and Gem Expo in Provence, France. They offer the largest selection of high quality tumbled stones in the industry, selling in 1 pound bags, sorted by quality, and are one of my favorite suppliers.
It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Purple Tourmaline for you.
This price is for one stone. You can buy a single Purple Tourmaline or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Purple Tourmaline measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a unique shape with soft edges.
The stone I choose for you will be smooth and free of chips, and have a beautiful red-violet color. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. They will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.
With their gorgeous color and clean energies, these Purple Tourmalines are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, use them in a crystal elixir, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket
What You Should Know
- Purple Tourmaline can be used in elixirs and oil essences – it is safe to drink “Purple Tourmaline water” or bathe in it.
- Purple Tourmaline can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
- Purple Tourmaline can be energetically cleansed with fresh or salt water. Soaking in moonlight, starlight or smudging with smoke (typically sage) is also effective. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.
Safe Handling of Purple Tourmaline
Purple Tourmaline contains Aluminum and as such should NOT be used to make direct-infusion “Purple Tourmaline water” for drinking or bathing. Having too much Aluminum in the body is toxic, and drinking direct-infusion elixirs of Aluminum-derived stones is dangerous. You can however, make a safe elixir using an indirect method – simply place the stone near, but not touching, the water.
Good To Know:
Purple Tourmaline are physically durable stones. As long as they are rounded and without thin edges, they can be carried in a pocket or medicine bag, or worn as jewelry on an everyday basis, without significant danger of the stone chipping or breaking.
Purple Tourmaline can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
Purple Tourmaline can be energetically cleansed using any method. They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.
Purple 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.
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