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Green Tourmaline necklaces have been said to increase endurance and strength for people participating in sports. They are masculine necklaces that are extremely dynamic. Pink Tourmaline is said to be protective and a bit more feminine.


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Tales of Rose and Green Tourmaline

by Margaret Burgon Klemp

Tourmaline doesn't have the romantic aura that some of the other gems do like diamonds or emeralds. The designation of the tourmaline as a family of gems did not happen until recently. It has a color range that exceeds other gems, and its. name comes from the Sinhalese language of Ceylon. Ancient merchants there called tourmaline along with other groupings of gemstones "turmali". The term "Aschentrekker" is also a Dutch term used for tourmaline. Tourmaline crystals were used for pulling hot ashes out burning pipes, and that is where the Dutch term came from.

The popularity of tourmaline among collectors and gem enthusiasts is because of its' brilliant and wide range of colors, and it is a gemstone that is actually affordable.

The island of Elba is where tourmaline was first formally discovered, and to this day the world "Elbaite" is still used in come academic circles as another name for tourmaline. The tourmaline stones have been given various names to describe their color. Verdelite refers to green while red tourmaline is named Liddicoatite. The most famous is black/brownish tourmaline known as "Schorl". There are also stones that are bi-coloured and tri-coloured. One such specimen is "watermelon" because it has shades of pink, white and green. Even though tourmaline came to the attention of gem collectors late in the world of gemology, the Dutch were using it in 1703 to clean out meerschaum pipes, and archeologists have found evidence that it was utilized as decorative stone as early as 27 B.C. and the 4th century B.C.

The famous philosopher, Theophrastus who lived from 372-287 B.C. is credited with writing the first known manuscript totally dedicated to gems. It was entitled Peri Lithon which literally means "of stones". In it he claimed that a stone he called "lyngourion" was unique because when it was heated it drew straws and bits of wood to its surface. Some scholars believe that he was describing tourmaline while others point to amber which causes an electric charge when rubbed. Whatever the case, it is has been proven that tourmaline does produced static electricity under certain conditions.

Perhaps the most well-known admirer of tourmaline was Tzu His, the eccentric and unpredictable Dowager Empress of China who ruled with an iron thumb for 40 years. She died in 1911. She rose to power from the position of a lower concubine of the emperor simply because she was the only woman in his court that bore a suitable son. Because her son was too young to bear the responsibilities of being emperor she stood as his regent and refused to give up power when he became an adult. Following the Boxer Rebellion she began to mend some differences with the Western powers which opened China up for modernization. She was obsessed with tourmaline, and loved it so much that she bought vast quantities of it when the mines were opened in California. She was particularly taken with pink tourmaline carvings and adornments. Tzu His was never without her tourmaline.

Pink tourmalines historically have been mistaken for rubies, but in more recent years have been properly identified. The tourmaline has a much pinker hue that a true ruby. However, tourmalines that were mistaken for rubies were placed in the Russian crown jewels. Catherine II of Russia was the proud owner of a 255 carat, red, grape-shaped tourmaline pendant. There is a story dating back to 1780, where the Archduchess Marie-Anne of Austria presented an original tourmaline crystal to the Duke Charles of Lorraine for his collection.

There was a belief among some 18th century creative artists that wearing tourmaline would assist them in their endeavors. In Holland there was a scientist who claimed that tourmaline wrapped in silk would help a feverish child sleep. According to some early philosophers tourmaline would bring enlightenment and was considered a spiritual stone. Some native tribes around the world still use tourmaline as a talisman.


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