The tourmaline gemstone is one of the most colorful gems on Earth.
Tourmaline was highly desired by royalty in the Far East. The last Empress of China, Empress Dowager Tzu His was in love with pink tourmaline. Tourmaline became valued in Europe when the Dutch began to import it from Sri Lanka in the early 1700s.
Ancient legend states that tourmaline is the stone of many colors because of its travels along rainbows where it captured the rainbows' many beautiful colors. The most valuable colors are indicolite (blues and blue-green), verdelite (greens) and rubellite (reds and pinks). The common colors are chrome (green), cat's eye (striped brown), paraiba (bright neon blue), schorl (black), dravite (yellows and browns) and watermelon (green on the outside and pink on the inside).
Tourmaline has been a valuable part of ancient medicine and Far Eastern medicine - known to strengthen the mind and spirit, The Egyptians used tourmaline for both physical and emotional remedies. They firmly believed that tourmaline could heal the nervous system, blood diseases and lymph glands. Far Eastern medicine used the healing powers of tourmaline to treat all illnesses.
Tourmaline is still believed to have healing powers in modern alternative medicine. It is also used to promote artistic and creative expression.
Each of these gemstones is exclusive and unique as the person who owns it. Small variations in color from the one visible in the photograph are possible but every single piece available under this line of Karma Mantra’s Gemstones is IGITL Certified (International Gemological Institute & Testing Laboratory).
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Weight : 4.61 cts
Color : Dark Brown
Shape/Cut : Octagon Step
Measurements : 12.64 x 7.83 x 4.55 mm
Refractive Index : 1.620 - 1.640 Biref 0.020