Be fully present and heart-centered in all your interactions.
Take delight in and see the beauty of everything around you.
Love more and become an inspiring friend to all you meet.
Live empowered and choose to focus on positive thoughts.
Let Watermelon Tourmaline inspire you to love and laugh!
Mineralogy of Watermelon 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. 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.
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.
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
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 most often used to reduce stress and combat depression. In particular, it is good for anyone who physically feels like their heart is “heavy” due to emotional strain. Watermelon Tourmaline is also said to be useful for treating anything related to the nervous system, including paralysis and multiple sclerosis as well as disorders of the heart and lungs. Anyone who suffers from a distorted body image would do well to work with Watermelon Tourmaline since it helps us to see and acknowledge beauty, both inner and outer, more readily.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Earth to Pocket
These Watermelon 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 Watermelon Tourmaline for you.
This price is for one stone. You can buy a single Watermelon Tourmaline or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Watermelon 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 be partially green and partially pink. 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 Watermelon 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.
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.
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