Mineral Review

Which zodiac sign is suitable for tourmaline stone?

In nature, the mineral tourmaline has many varieties and colors. One of the most common types of tourmaline is schorl, a black stone that gets its color from the large amount of iron in its composition. Translated from German, the name of the mineral means “marriage”, since previously Schorl was considered only an impurity in quartz. Today this stone is very popular both in industry and in jewelry.

Application and properties

Black tourmaline is formed in granitic pegmatites and is usually a columnar prismatic crystal that can reach a height of 30 cm. Another factor that makes this gem stand out is the unusual formations in the form of needle-shaped crystals. Transparent quartz is rarely found with inclusions of thin filaments of schorl, which create incredibly beautiful patterns. Such stones are especially valued by jewelers. Sherl is a fairly common mineral. It lies underground all over the world. The most extensive deposits where black tourmaline is mined are located in the USA, Romania, Great Britain and Germany. In Russia, stone is mined in the Urals and Transbaikalia. The largest specimens, reaching a length of 50 cm, lie in the depths of the island of Madagascar. The highest quality schorl tourmaline is mined in Brazil. A characteristic feature of all tourmaline crystals is the ability to become electrified by friction, pressure or heat. In this case, one end of the mineral becomes positively charged and the other negatively charged. This property of the mineral is used in radio engineering. In addition, schorl is used in the production of various automatic sensors and medical devices. The smooth and shiny surface of processed and polished stone is excellent for decorative cladding. This material is often used for decorative decoration of interiors and furniture, making monuments and memorial plaques. Various figurines and other decorative items are also made from it. For a long time, the gem was considered unsuitable for making jewelry. However, today black tourmaline, whose properties are excellent for cutting, is widely used in jewelry. Modern masters create real masterpieces from this crystal. Pendants, earrings, rings and bracelets with a black shiny gem look impressive and unusual, emphasizing the beauty of their owner. Of course, the stone is not as valuable as other similar precious crystals, but the demand for jewelry is great. In many European countries, jewelry with sherl is worn for mourning events. Today this stone is so popular that it is even used to name dark-colored East European Shepherd dogs. Phielisse black tourmaline is a regular at the most prestigious international exhibitions.

Healing and magical properties

The black gem is called the witch’s stone. In specialized stores you can purchase entire sets of magical utensils made from schorl. The stone is used by magicians and sorcerers. It is believed that it allows you to look beyond the boundaries of the other world. In addition, a polished shiny stone reflects negative energy directed at its owner. However, choosing jewelry with sherl is not only necessary for those who are suitable for the appearance of the stone. The gem has strong energy, only a strong-willed person can cope with it. Otherwise, the stone will suppress and emotionally devastate its owner. The magical properties of the tourmaline stone are enhanced by a gold frame. A gold pendant or ring with black tourmaline will become not only a talisman that protects against evil people and various misfortunes, but also a powerful esoteric, capable of causing visions and recognizing a person’s true intentions. The mineral helps to cope with resentment and anger, jealousy and envy, as well as other negative emotions. Among those who are suited to black tourmaline according to their zodiac sign are Scorpios. This strong sign is able to “tame” the stone. Scorpios can constantly wear scorla jewelry – black tourmaline will not harm them. Other signs can also use the stone as an amulet, but it is recommended to wear it only from time to time. Black tourmaline is also of great importance in alternative medicine. It helps to cure many ailments, including:

  • endocrine diseases;
  • cardiovascular diseases;
  • psychological disorders;
  • skin defects;
  • infectious diseases;
  • swelling;
  • convulsions;
  • circulatory disorders.

The healing magic of a black gem can even relieve alcohol or drug addiction. Wearing the stone on yourself protects against viruses and germs, strengthens the immune system, promotes concentration and improves memory. Black tourmaline repels any negative radiation from a person, including from electrical appliances. Special medical plates made from this mineral are worn for joint pain, problems with bones and the musculoskeletal system in general. Soap with the addition of black tourmaline strengthens hair and nails, improves skin condition. The stone, ground into powder, is used internally for circulatory problems.

A transparent stone, sometimes with inclusions, tourmaline is one of the most coveted in the jewelry world. Its colors can vary from deep crimson (rubellite) to neon turquoise (Paraiba tourmaline). There are also interesting polychrome specimens, with double coloring, such as watermelon tourmaline.

Physical properties of tourmaline.

  • Formula: AD3G6(BO3)3(Si6O18)Y3Z.
  • Syngony: trigonal.
  • Hardness (Mohs scale): 7 – 7,5. (On a scale from 0 to 10, where 10 is the hardest stone, diamond).
  • Density: 3,1 g/cm3.

Tourmaline is a type of silicate with a complex chemical formula. Impurities may include compounds of aluminum, boron, manganese, and magnesium. In nature, it occurs in crystals, which often show longitudinal growth boundaries.

The color of tourmalines depends on the compounds. The mineral contains up to 25 chemical elements. Sometimes inclusions appear in the mineral, which give the “cat’s eye” effect.

Sometimes tourmalines have pleochroism, that is, they change color depending on the lighting.

Types of tourmalines:

  • Rubellite – the rich crimson color of this stone is highly valued in the jewelry market.
  • Verdelite is a green variety of tourmaline.
  • Indigolite is a deep ocean blue color.
  • Dravite is a brown tourmaline that is less popular.
  • Sherl is a black specimen.
  • Paraiba is a trendy stone on the jewelry market. This neon turquoise mineral is now at the peak of popularity; Hollywood stars willingly wear it in combination with diamonds. The cost of Paraiba reaches $10 per carat. The color is so bright that many do not believe that it is really a natural shade.
  • Watermelon is a beautiful double shade of the stone: red on the inside and green on the outside, it truly resembles a slice of juicy watermelon.
  • The Moor’s head is a light mineral with a black “cap”.
  • Turk’s head is a light mineral with a red “cap”.

History of tourmaline.

The mineral came to Europe from the island of Ceylon in 1703 year. “Turmali” means “precious stone”. Also, he was called “Ceylon magnet” for its ability to attract ashes. Thanks to this property, tourmalines were even used to remove ashes from pipes.

Tourmaline has been known since ancient times. He was known and loved in Rome, Byzantium and Rus’.

One of the most famous stones – “Caesar’s Ruby”. It is believed that Cleopatra herself presented it to Caesar. After many years, the stone came to the Swedish king, and he gave it to Catherine II. Everyone believed that the stones in this jewelry were rubies, and only in the 20th century it turned out that they were tourmaline.

Also known is the 500-carat tourmaline in Anna Ioanovna’s crown.

Tourmaline deposits.

Tourmalines are found in various deposits. Especially famous for them Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mozambique, USA, India.

There are tourmalines in Afghanistan, Kenya, Zambia, Madagascar. Russia also boasts reserves of this mineral. It is also mined in Transbaikalia.

Tourmalines of various colors are found in Brazil. And the most popular Paraiba tourmaline now is also from here. This bright turquoise mineral was found in 1987 in the state of Paraiba, after which it received its name.

How to care for tourmaline jewelry.

Tourmaline is a fairly hard mineral, its Mohs scale score is 7 – 7,5. However, follow the basic rules for caring for this stone.

Store jewelry in a separate box and do not allow it to come into contact with other jewelry to avoid scratches. Remove jewelry before doing housework or sports. Make sure that detergents, cleaning agents and cosmetics do not come into contact with the surface of the stone.

The magical properties of tourmaline.

Tourmaline is a very positive stone with powerful favorable energy. It has a positive effect on the body and mind of a person, harmonizes, eliminates fears and depression. The mineral promotes prudence and clarity of mind. It evokes a feeling peace of mind, security, comfort.

Tourmaline develops creativity and improves mood. The pink version (rubellite) is a real talisman of romantic relationships.

The healing properties of tourmaline.

Tourmaline treats various diseases. It promotes recovery from illnesses liver, blood, skin, cardiovascular system. This mineral keeps you young owner.

Tourmalines enhance immunity, accelerate metabolic processes in organism. They support lymphatic system, normalize hormonal background.

Who does tourmaline suit according to their zodiac sign?

Tourmaline is suitable for many zodiac signs. Among them – Aries, Taurus, Leo, Libra, Aquarius, Sagittarius, Scorpio.

Tourmaline is beautiful both in crystals and cut. The rich sphere of the stone, thick color and variety of shades make it so expensive and popular in the jewelry market. Whether you choose a ripe crimson rubellite or an unusual watermelon tourmaline, this piece will be the pride of your jewelry collection!

Author: Anna Solovyova.

Photographer: Inna Kubareva.

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