Tourmaline is one of the rare gemstones that come in all colors of the rainbow. In fact, its name - tourmaline (from thuramali in the language of Sri Lankan people) originally applied to a variety of multicolor stones.
The Elbaite tourmaline comes in a variety of brilliant colors (pink, red, light green, light blue, yellow as well as clear) and is the one that most people refer to when speaking of tourmaline as a semi-precious gemstone.
While the Elbaite is most famous for its beautiful energizing colors with various properties (the watermelon variety of tourmaline being the best examples); the Schorl tourmaline sure has its own solid place in the metaphysical world of stones a very strong protector.
One of the features that distinguish 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 for clearing and purification, as well as protection.
What's So Special About Tourmaline
Because of its multicolor nature, the tourmaline is one of the rare semi-precious gemstones that easily evokes a genuine vibration of happiness and lightness of being. This main quality is enhanced by the specific color of your tourmaline, 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 emotions that can easily clear and lighten your own energy field.
As tourmaline comes in all colors, this also imparts the gemstone with the energy of tolerance and compassion, as well as an easy going, flexible and happy vibration.
Tourmaline is attributed a variety of properties -- from protection from radiation to purification to healing skins disorders (Aveda's popular skin creme contains tourmaline and so does my water purifier).
Where Tourmaline Comes From
Sri Lanka is considered the place where tourmaline was first found several centuries ago. While gem quality tourmaline is still found there, the biggest suppliers of tourmaline today are Brazil, Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya, Madagascar, and Afghanistan.
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 balance of one's energy field. It helps one acquire genuine 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 color.
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 the case of black tourmaline, this quality is further enhanced by its unique striations, which allow for all negativity to be reflected from the energy field of the one who wears the black tourmaline.
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 very 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 energy modern world.