Tourmaline, Pink

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Heal the emotional wounds and traumas of the past.

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Attract new relationships and stimulate existing ones.

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Healing Properties of Pink Tourmaline

Spiritual: Pink Tourmaline is an incredible stone for anyone who seeks to deepen their ability to love.  It creates a direct pathway between the Base Chakra and Heart Chakra making it a phenomenal tool for devotional practices that require one to be both grounded and heart-centered.  Pink Tourmaline is also a stone of great courage, helping us to dare to surrender fully to the Divine and to the awesome power of Love.  It is one of the very best heart-cleansing stones as well as stone for deep wisdom and compassion.  Pink Tourmaline invites us to nourish loving consciousness in every aspect of our life. Pink Tourmaline is attuned to the Root and Heart Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius. It is connected to the element of and vibrates to the numbers 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, and 99.

Emotional: Pink Tourmaline has an exceptionally loving vibrational field.  It comforts us and helps us to feel safe and brave.  It is particularly useful for healing childhood-related hurts and wounds passed down along our family tree, as well as healing a broken heart.  Pink Tourmaline helps us to be independent and empowered, and able to forgive those who have hurt us in the past, while creating good boundaries so that they can’t hurt us again in the future.  Pink Tourmaline encourages us to love deeply, whether that means loving again or daring to love for the first time.  In romantic relationships, Pink Tourmaline inspires passion, loyalty and respect.  It can be used to attract new relationships, as well as to stimulate existing ones, and helps us to be friendly, charming, tactful and easy to love.  Pink Tourmaline teaches us to practice radical self love and self care on a daily basis.

Mental: Pink Tourmaline helps us to stay focused on our goals, while remaining flexible enough to adjust them as necessary. It helps us to see the world more compassionately and not to be torn apart and distracted by negative emotions.  It helps us to stay balanced during difficult situations, especially complex emotional situations.  When stuck in a power-abuse relationship, Pink Tourmaline helps us to think clearly and get out, as well as to recognize that sometimes the greatest act of love, is to love and protect ourselves.  Pink 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.    It promotes creativity, especially towards solving interpersonal problems.    It encourages us to have a healthy ego and to take pride in our positive accomplishments.

Physical: Pink Tourmaline is used by metaphysical healer to treat the physical heart as well as PTSD, depression and other disorders in the nervous system.  It is also believe to help the digestive, reproductive, and circulatory systems.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Pink Tourmaline

Pink Tourmaline, Kunar, Afghanistan

Mineral Family: Cyclosilicates

Chemical Composition: NA (Mg, Fe, Li, Mn, Al )3Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH,F)4
Cleavage: Indistinct
Color: 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, but additional deposits are located in many locations around the world.  The main sources for Pink Tourmaline are Afghanistan, Brazil, Myanmar, United States (California) 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. Pink and Red 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.

Synonyms: Rubellite

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Photos: Pink Tourmaline

History of Pink 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 or Pink 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.

Anonymous_The_Noord-Nieuwland_in_Table_Bay,_1762Centuries 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 Super Seven

 

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

 

 

The Mine

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

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

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Importer

This Pink Tourmaline was cleaned and imported 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 Black Tourmaline

Pink Tourmaline

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Pink 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
  • Polish: Natural
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Natural cylinder
  • Size: Average size varies considerably.
    • Small ranges between .5 – 1 inch / 13-25 mm
    • Large ranges between 1 -1.5 inches / 25-38 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight varies
    • Small ranges between 2-4 grams / 10-20 carats
    • Large ranges between 5-8 grams / 25-40

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