Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Rock Trivia: Tourmaline
The name tourmaline comes from the Singhalese 'tura mali' - loosly 'stone with mixed colours', referring to the colour spectrum of this gemstone, which includes all the colors of the rainbow and more. Egyptian legend has it that the tourmaline passed through a rainbow on its way to earth and took on those colors.
Perhaps the best known is "Watermelon Tourmaline" which has both pink and green in rings and so is often cut in slices. There are also tourmalines which change colour when in daylight or artificial light, and some show the light effect of a cat's eye.
It is said to be the gemstone of love and of friendship, and to keep those relationships strong and long-lasting.