Tourmaline, Red (Rubellite)
Be grounded, strong, and incredibly alive in love.
Heal the emotional wounds and traumas of the past.
Feel passionate, energized, and focused on your goals.
Attract new relationships and stimulate existing ones.
Let Red Tourmaline inspire you to shine brightly and joyfully!
Mineralogy of Red Tourmaline
Mineral Family: Cyclosilicates
Chemical Composition: NA (Mg, Fe, Li, Mn, Al )3Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH,F)4
Color: Red, Pink
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.
History of Red 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 Red Tourmaline
Spiritual: Red Tourmaline is an incredible stone for anyone seeking to deepen their ability to love. It connects the base to the heart, creating a direct pathway for devotional practices that require one to be grounded and firmly heart-centered. Red Tourmaline is also a stone of great courage, helping us to surrender fully to the Divine and the power of Love. Red Tourmaline is attuned to the Root and Heart Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Libra, Sagittarius and Scorpio. It is connected to the elements of Water and Earth and vibrates to the numbers 1, 2, 4, and 5.
Emotional: Red Tourmaline has a very loving vibrational field that encourages us to be more friendly and charming. It encourages feelings of comfort, safety which in turn can be used to heal old emotional wounds, particularly those related to childhood. It helps us find the courage to love, again or for the first time. When evoked, Red Tourmaline can be a very passionate stone as well, inspiring us to love more deeply and richly. It can be used to attract new relationships, stimulate existing ones, and encourage greater self love. Anyone who feels emotionally numb or isolated will benefit from the dynamic energy of Red Tourmaline which shines like a beacon, drawing us back into Light, Love, and Life.
Mental: Red Tourmaline helps us to stay focused on our goals, but remain flexible enough to adjust them as necessary. It helps us to see the world more compassionately and not be torn apart and distracted by negative emotions. Red Tourmaline inspires us to be more merciful in our thinking. To be merciful, we must first be grounded and empowered, and from that place of strength we can then offer forgiveness and absolution to others.
Physical: Red Tourmaline is most often used to heal the physical heart. It has also been used to treat the digestive, reproductive, and circulatory systems. It is most often used to treat PTSD and depression, as well as to sooth the nervous system.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
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These Red 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 Red Tourmaline for you.
This price is for one stone. You can buy a single Red Tourmaline or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Red 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 reddish-pink 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 Red 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
- Red Tourmaline can be used in elixirs and oil essences – it is safe to drink “Red Tourmaline water” or bathe in it.
- Red Tourmaline can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
- Red 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 Red Tourmaline
Red Tourmaline contains Aluminum and as such should NOT be used to make direct-infusion “Red 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:
Red 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.
Red Tourmaline can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
Red 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.
Red 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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