Tourmaline: The Stone With Infinite Colors
Tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese word “turamali”, which means “stones of many colors”.
Indeed, this stone has a very wide chromatic range and can even be the result of a combination of two or three colors. Tourmaline rarely has a single color, the raw stone is often multicolored.
There are also crystals of one color inside and another color outside. This is the case with watermelon tourmaline, which combines the color pink inside and green on the outside, hence its name.
The tourmalines most commonly found in jewelry are :
- Rubellites (pink/red with often a hint of purple)
- Verdelites (yellow-green to bottle-green through dark green or olive)
- Paraiba tourmalines (very bright blue due to copper sulfate)
- Indicolites (light blue to bluish green)
- Polychrome tourmalines
Where is tourmaline found?
Tourmaline is a stone that can be found in the 4 corners of the planet. From Africa to Asia through Russia, America and even Europe. But its main mining countries are Brazil and Sri Lanka.
It was in 1989 that Paraiba tourmaline was discovered by Brazilian miners. Never such a stone had been seen before. Today this tourmaline is the rarest and most sought after and therefore the most expensive.
After World War II, there was considerable German immigration to the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil, where very important mines were discovered. These immigrants formed close ties with Idar Oberstein. This small German town became the main center for the production of the mines of Cruzeiro, Golconda, Virgem da Lapa and Itatiaia (Jonas).
Some pieces of high jewelry in tourmaline
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