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Tourmaline - Origin and Benefits

Let's discover tourmaline together, a stone of appeasement and protection.

Hardness: between 7 and 7.5

Chakra: root chakra, heart chakra, solar plexus (depending on the color)

Let's learn more!

Officially discovered in 1400 BC at Zschorlau in Germany although known for millennia (it was often confused with other stones because of its large arc of colors).

Initially named Schürl until the year 1600, it is a stone that has attracted much attention throughout history.

Its current name comes from the Sinhalese (language mainly spoken in Sri Lanka) "turmali" which means "multi-colored stone".

Teofrasto became interested in it because he discovered that it attracted chaff, ashes and small pieces of wood when the crystal was heated. So he discovered his pyroelectric ability.

It seems that the great magicians of antiquity used it to protect themselves from demons that escaped to Earth.

In Egypt it represented the axis linking the different levels.

In Celticism, it is the vertebral column uniting and supporting.

In Greece and Rome, it is the secret of the bards, as well as one of the letters of the alphabet.

In Masonry, it is illustrated in the columns of the time of Solomon, representing immortality and incorruptibility.

In the 18th century, writer Barbara Walker cites references that describe this stone as being beneficial to artists, authors, actors, and creators.

A Dutch scientist claimed during the same century that a tourmaline stone "wrapped in silk and placed against the cheek of a feverish child would induce sleep".

It is a stone that alchemists certainly appreciated for its pyroelectric effects. Which made them think that she was related to the philosopher's stone.

India also revered this gem.

Even today, it is used as a protective stone by African, Native American and Australian Aboriginal tribes.

This stone is also widely used in jewelry, especially when it is multicolored.

What is it?

It is found in its black, pink, blue or green form depending on the chemical elements composing it.

The family origin of this mineral is: magmatic in granite and pegmatite; hydrothermal in grisene, quartz veins and metalliferous; metamorphic into migmatite, gneiss and mica schist.

Tourmalines are commonly associated with Muscovite, Quartz and Albite. It can therefore be found nearby or even encrusted in rock crystal, as quartz with tourmaline inclusion proves.

They come in the form of long crystals measuring up to 5 meters at the Arendal site in Norway.

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The chemical complexity of this mineral means that there are multiple varieties and colors forming ranges between them.

33 mineral varieties are included in the natural tourmaline family according to the International Mineralogical Association:

- Acrobat (colorless and very rare)

- Buergerita or Fluor-buergerite (in homage to the American M.S. Buerger, in a bronze, maroon or blackened tone)

- Chromdavie (dark greenish color)

- Chromiferous (green color, very rare)

- Dravite (from Drave in Carinthia, yellow to dark brown in color)

- Elbaite (from the island of Elba in Italy, of very variable hues and whose "Moor's head" variety has a blackened end)

- Feruvite (dark brown color)

- Foititis (dark indigo, purple color)

- Hydroxyuvite (orange color)

- Indicolite (indigo color with duck blue tones, very popular)

- Liddicoatite (in homage to the gemologist Liddicoat, light brown in color, pinkish to red, greenish, blue, rarely white)

- Olenite (light pink)

- Paraiba (trade name used for blue-green Elbaites, discovered in the state of Paraibe in Brazil in 1987, its turquoise blue and neon blue tones would be due to manganese and copper, highly sought after)

- Povondraite (black)

- Rossmanite (pale pink, pinkish color)

- Rubellite (pink to red in color, the most sought after being raspberry red)

- Santa Rosa (emerald green)

- Schörl (black color)

- Schorl-f (pale brown color, gray brown)

- Siberite (pink-lilac to blue-violet tones)

- Tsilaisite (from a town in Madagascar, tinted yellow)

- Uvite (from Uva province in Sri Lanka, greenish or blackened)

- Vanadiumdravite (green color)

- Verdelite (green color, the most common)

Tourmaline is also known by the following names:

- blue tourmaline

- watermelon tourmaline

- black tourmaline

- pink tourmaline

- green tourmaline

During their formation, the minerals incorporate manganese (Mn2+) whereas they are very pale in color. Their granite environment causes them to be exposed to natural gamma rays due to the decay of radioactive potassium (40K). This finally causes the gradual formation of manganese (Mn3+) - ions carrying pink to red colors.

"Tourmaline" includes many minerals from the silicate family.

In its natural state, the stone often comes in the form of rods. We can often meet some with small cracks sometimes wavy, as well as perpendicular.

As seen previously, the etymology of the word means "stones of a thousand colors". Indeed, the family of this mineral offers different entirely natural qualities, ranging from E to AAA.

It is found in jewelry but not only!

Its pyroelectric abilities cause opposite electrical charges to build up at its extremities when heated. It can therefore be used to attract dust or small pieces of paper. This is why it is used in certain equipment to eliminate static electricity.

Tourmaline has many deposits including: Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Burma, Brazil, United States, India, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rhodesia, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Thailand.


The best way to explain the positive influence this stone has on the environment and on mental and physical health would be the ions the stone releases when heated.

It is an anchor stone that fights against negative waves and energies while bringing distinct energies.


Protective stone, placed in the house, it chases away bad energies. As a bracelet or ring, it also serves as a shield against negative currents.

It will help to unblock phobias or fixed ideas, thus allowing to express oneself more easily.

It will also ward off feelings of sadness and limit depression.

It will frame the mind to reduce mental wandering and stay focused. They then bring a very good help during meditations.

Finally, placed in the house or office, it will absorb electromagnetic and negative waves.


As seen previously, the pyroelectric virtues of tourmaline reduce the negative effects of household electrical waves, particularly black tourmaline.

Wearing a bracelet would then relieve headaches.

If worn in direct contact with the skin, it will relieve skin reactions.

Thanks to its vibrations, tourmaline would facilitate blood circulation. The joints will be more fluid and the muscles will work better.

Loaded with iron, it would also help heal blood problems such as anemia.

It also protects the kidneys and liver to limit health problems, and will promote good digestion. Thus, bloating and constipation problems would decrease, giving back more energy to the body.

It is used experimentally to eliminate pain, rid the body of toxins and balance the endocrine system, but also to relieve stress in case of pain and physical disorders.

It is a stone which would produce weak infrared rays with energetic and calorific virtues of analgesic effects. In contact with the skin, natural heat spreads and, thanks to its relaxing action, soothes muscle, joint and ligament pain.

It is sometimes also used in cosmetics in the manufacture of perfumes because it is sensitive to perfumes, perspiration and household products.

Let's talk chakra: it helps to balance the chakras.

Tourmaline is linked to the Root Chakra and the Heart Chakra, making it an essential stone for stability, grounding, protection, and grounding.

Some experts believe that placed on the skin at the level of the solar plexus or the 3rd eye, it would help balance these areas.

It will also have the ability to shift energy from a positive to a negative pole and vice versa, the person wearing it will therefore have to remain vigilant and protect it from the gaze or friction of unknown or "enemy" people.


Csome say that with tiger's eye, black tourmaline offers all its benefits in the fight against negative waves. Or that, as linked to the root chakra, it can be associated with snow obsidian, bull's eye, jasper or even onyx.

However, tourmaline has different colors, so each color has its own virtues.

Black Tourmaline can absorb harmful energies to free the mind and body. But she can also absorb the energies of the stones close to her. It is therefore not recommended to combine black tourmaline with another stone.

Then, I repeat myself but it is important: wearing stones of similar colors and/or acting on the same chakra reinforces their power.

In this context, pink tourmaline and jade soothe the heart chakra, bringing joy of life and sincere love for others and oneself when the chakra is balanced.

Also keep in mind that semi-precious stones do not all vibrate at the same frequencies. This means that some diffuse a soft and soothing energy, while others stimulate. (So keep looking, my little gems)

A green or pink tourmaline would be more linked to the heart chakra, exacerbating inner well-being and calming. It can therefore be combined with amazonite, chrysocolla, jade or garnet.

A blue tourmaline will be linked to the throat chakra, promoting and facilitating communication, listening and expression. It can therefore be associated with amazonite, lapis lazuli, larimar or turquoise.

Purification and Recharging

By dint of being worn/used, the stone will be emptied of its natural energy and will need to be purified and recharged to regain its potential.

To clean/purify your stone, place it in a large volume of demineralised water. If you want to reinforce the cleaning you can add a little salt. And leave your stone in this bath overnight.

Incense fumigation is also a possibility.

Then, for recharging, solar rays (for one or two hours) or lunar rays (for a whole night) will suffice.

You can also place it on a cluster of quartz for a few hours.

Il ne vous reste plus qu'à compléter vos recherches pour vous faire ou confirmer votre avis!


Disclaimer : always research further. / If you are sick or have a medical condition, see a health specialist and don't just rely on the stones.


Written by and for SparkStudio in 2022.


Sources : / www.france-miné / / / "La bible des cristaux" Lisa Butterworth, 2022, Hachette Livre, Marabout.

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