The Meaning of Tourmaline's Colors

Colorful tourmaline stones
The beautiful tourmaline is the only gemstone that comes in all colours of the rainbow - from jet black color to soft pink. Each specific color of tourmaline gives it additional healing properties. Lawrence Lawry/Getty Images

While geologists appreciate tourmaline for its mineral makeup, others believe that the gemstone offers both physical and mental healing properties. One feature that distinguishes tourmaline from other minerals is its 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 offer protection.

The semi-precious stone tourmaline grows in a number of colors, ranging from black to blue to pink. Although the differences in colors can be explained by the stone's mineral compositions, some believe that tourmaline meaning and uses of the different colors can vary from hue to hue.

Tourmaline Meaning and Uses of Different Colors

In countries from India to Australia, tourmaline has been thought to be able to protect and heal. Specific colors of tourmaline are thought to have their own special properties:

  • Black (Schori): Black tourmaline—which can, in reality, range from dark blue to dark brown to true black—is thought to be a grounding stone that provides a connection between the Earth and the human spirit. It is supposed to help people find a sense of self-confidence, see the world more clearly, and feel empowered during difficult circumstances. Ancient magicians reportedly used the stone to protect themselves from "Earth demons," and it's still thought to have protective properties.
  • Pink (Rubellite): Pink tourmaline can vary from pale pink to deep red, but all ranges of the hue are meant to relate to matters of the heart. The pink stone is supposed to encourage compassion and gentleness, as well as link love and spirituality. One variation of pink tourmaline is referred to as watermelon tourmaline because it has a pink center surrounded by an outer green "rind." This variation is said to link the emotions of the pink center to the physical being of the outer green rock, bringing joy to a person's life and relationships.
  • Purple (Siberite): Purple tourmaline is all about serene energy. The stone is reported to ground and protect you, as well as help you deeply relax. With that, siberite helps release emotional attachments, so you can look at the world with a nonjudgmental view. Additionally, some use purple tourmaline's physical properties to reduce headaches and migraines.
  • Light blue/blue-green (Indicolite): Indicolite stems from the word "indigo," and the blue or aqua-green color of this tourmaline represents the tranquility of water. Blue tourmaline is meant to represent clear, honest communication and the ability to speak from the heart. It also is supposed to encourage an open mind and embrace of truth and ethics.
  • Green (Verdilite): Green tourmaline is supposedly the most healing of all the crystals of the physical heart. It's the masculine counterpart to feminine pink tourmaline, and it's meant to boost courage, strength, stamina, and vitality. The color can range from pale green to shades of olive.
  • Brown (Dravite): Ranging from dark yellow to dark brown, dravite is supposed to be a grounding influence because of its natural, earthy hue. The stone restores emotional balance and promotes understanding while relieving worrying and creating a feeling of calm. In general, dravite is supposed to transform negative energy into positive.
  • Multicolored (Liddicoatite): A rare version of tourmaline, liddicoatite has triangular cross-sections of color. It can be pink, red, green brown or blue, or a combination of all. It's believed to align mental processes, encourage self-confidence, promote understanding and provide an insight into conflicts.