The Glory of Tourmaline and its Awesome Color Power

Healing and happiness are the main energetic attributes of the powerful tourmaline gemstone

Tourmaline is one of the rare and beautiful gemstones that come in all the glorious colours of the rainbow. In fact, its name, tourmaline (from thuramali in the language of Sri Lankan people) originally applied to a variety of multi colour stones. Today the name tourmaline includes a group of 27 minerals, the most popular ones being the Schorl tourmaline (black and deep blue colored) and the Elbaite tourmaline.

The Elbaite tourmaline comes in an endless brilliance of colours (pink, red, light green, light blue, yellow and clear) and is the one that most people refer to when speaking of tourmaline as a semi-precious gemstone. While the Elbaite is famous for its beautiful energizing colours with various healing properties (the watermelon tourmaline is the best examples); the Schorl tourmaline has its own solid place in the metaphysical world of crystals and stones as being a very strong protector from negative energies.

One of the features that distinguishes the tourmaline from all other minerals is the three sided prisms, as well as its vertical striations. Metaphysically, this is considered to create strong channels of energy to promote movement, clearing, purification and protection.

What is so special about tourmaline?

Because of its multicolour nature, the tourmaline is one of the rare semi-precious gemstones that easily evokes a genuine vibration of happiness and lightness of being. This quality is enhanced by its specific colour, be it yellow for self-esteem, pink for love, blue for serenity, green for health, etc.

The watermelon tourmaline is the best example of this rainbow of positive and beautiful emotions that can easily clear and lighten up your energy.  As tourmaline comes in all colours, this imparts the gemstone with the energy of tolerance and compassion, and an easy going and happy vibration.

Tourmaline is attributed a variety of properties, such as protection from radiation, amplification of vital energies, or healing skins disorders. Many popular skin care products contain tourmaline, and many water purifying systems contain tourmaline, too.

Where does tourmaline come from? 

Sri Lanka is considered the place were tourmaline was first found several centuries ago. While gem quality tourmaline is still found there, the biggest suppliers of tourmaline today are Brazil, Madagascar, Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya, and Afghanistan.

What are the specific properties of tourmaline? 

In addition to its compassionate, happy and easy going vibration, tourmaline is also known for promoting understanding and an overall sense of balance in one’s energy field. It helps acquire the genuine feeling of strength by allowing the energy of love and compassion to come from within. Color being one of the strongest expression of energy, you can further access the energy of the tourmaline by its specific colour.

Black Tourmaline (Schorl) is one of the strongest protectors in the mineral world. All black stones — such as the black obsidian, the hematite or the black onyx — have a protective nature to them, black being the colour of the void and unlimited power. In case of the black tourmaline, this quality is further enhanced by its unique striations, which allow for all negativity to be deflected from one’s personal energy field.

Pink Tourmaline of course, has the power to open and heal the heart, to help with all romantic love matters. Most of all, the pink tourmaline can strengthen the love of one’s own Self in a joyful and pure way. It relaxes one’s energy and heals with a soft, nurturing, yin quality energy that is often missing in our overly yang/overly active modern world.

Green Tourmaline is the expression of abundant health and vitality, thus can help one improve energy levels. The green tourmaline can also heal specific imbalances such as timidity or an energetically closed heart/inability to connect to other human beings.

Blue Tourmaline is calming and soothing, it helps promote clarity and understanding of oneself and others. The deep blue energy of tourmaline promotes better communication on all levels, from physical to etheric.

Yellow Tourmaline spreads a very joyful energy that can help strengthen one’s self esteem and the love of life. Yellow colour being the colour of the third chakra/the solar plexus centre, its solar power can also help strengthen one’s energy, as well as attract more abundance.

Brown Tourmaline has a strong nourishing, grounding and centering energy. It helps one connect to and release suppressed feelings and emotions in a quiet and supportive kind of way. It can also infuse one with courage and genuine confidence.

Watermelon Tourmaline is a pure joy to behold as it brings a variety of high vibration, pure energies into your own energy field. It usually come with a pink colour in the centre of the gemstone and green colour on its outer layers.

Pink and green being colors associated with the heart chakra, the watermelon tourmaline is definitely one of the main gemstones to support the energy of a happy, healthy and vibrant heart.

There are many other properties attributed to tourmaline, here are some of the most popular ones. A tourmaline:

  • Detoxifies one’s energy
  • Strengthens the nervous system
  • Helps see goodness in all things
  • Neutralises negativity
  • Brings insight into important matters
  • Promotes harmony and kindness
  • Heals sadness and trauma
  • Attracts happiness
  • Tourmaline is considered the birthstone of those born in the month of October, it symbolizes the abundance of fruitful and colourful energy of this harvest month. Generally (but not always!) tourmaline is quite affordable, so it can be used for more expensive gemstones with somewhat similar energy.

    For example, you can use pink and red tourmaline instead of ruby, green tourmaline instead of emeralds and blue tourmaline instead of sapphires. Explore tourmaline in its rich multi-color glory and benefit from healing energy of this amazingly awesome gemstone.

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    rodika tchi

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