The name Tourmaline is widely accepted as being derived from the Singhalese expression tura mali, which when translated means “stone of many or mixed colors” which was originally applied to an assortment of colored stones being mainly zircons.
Tourmaline is often referred to as the rainbow gemstone, due to the huge amout of colors that it is available in. This was certainly believed by the ancient Egyptians who believed that when Tourmaline traveled from its home in the earth's core to the surface, it did so along a rainbow, which subsequently gifted the gemstone with all of the colors of the rainbow.
In ancient times it was believed that Tourmaline stone glowed due to is very own energy, as the stone become electrostatically charged when partaking infriction.
Long thin crystals of Black Tourmaline are common as inclusions in Quartz, forming the ornamental stone called "Tourmalinated Quartz". This stone is unique with its long needle to straw sized, arrow straight, prismatic crystals of pitch black Schorl criss-crossing the clear colorless Quartz.
Black Tourmaline has long been used by shaman in African, Native American and Aboriginal tribes. Native Americans used it as a protective stone against negative spells. But when found included in Quartz, it not only breaks the spell, but has been known to energize the "victim" and actually enhance well-being.
Used with Mica, Black Tourmaline is said to be able to return the "spell" or negative energy from whence it came, along with providing a view of the sender of such negativity.
Working like a lightning conductor, Black Tourmaline dispels the negativity and protects against harmful energies such as anger, envy, and greed.
Recognized as the "Teller" stone, all Tourmalines provide insight during times of difficulty or struggle and can aid in "telling" who or what is causing the problem.
Buergerite Tourmaline was named after Professor Martin J. Buerger, a well known research scientist and crystallographer.
Dravite Tourmaline was named after the Drave region in Carinthia.
Elbaite Tourmaline was named after the isle of Elba in Italy.
Indicoatite Tourmaline was named after Richard T. Liddicoat of the the Gemologial Institute of America.
Schorl Tourmaline is an old German mining term for gangue minerals.
Uvite Tourmaline is nmed for the Uva district in Sri Lanka.
Birthstone for the month : October.
Astrological : Gemini
Tourmaline is the excellent channeling stone for communication with higher forces. Tourmaline helps to break up energy blockage, which we mentally experience as anxiety, stress or confusion. This stone clears higher frequencies, effectively as it forms a protective shield all over the body (Aura).
Tourmaline helps you to move beyond limited thinking, to an expanded sense of reality and see past experiences in new ways. It teaches us that we are light beings in physical form, and help us to experience the physical and spiritual worlds as one.
Therefore, Tourmaline is one of my favorite crystals for alleviating fear. It banishes the victim mentality. Like the spinal column, Tourmaline works like a lightning rod of energy from the tip of the coccyx to the apex of the axis, Tourmaline affects every aspect of the physical to the emotional. The strength of Tourmaline is in its many colors due to its mineral make up.
Black tourmaline , Schrol (energy: receptive, element: earth)
Black tourmaline is used for grounding purposes and as to represent the earth in spells relating to that element. It is protective, and it absorbs negativity when charged for that purpose through visualization.The keyword for this crystal is Alignment.
As a grounding stone, black tourmaline can be used whenever energy feels scattered and disconnected. It therefore, bring awareness back to a grounded state of mind.
Tourmaline does not absorb negative energy. It repels it.
It is the best crystal to use against the ill effects of low frequency and high frequency electromagnetic waves (EMF) and protects against smog, radiation, psychic attacks and repels all kinds of negative energy. Black tourmaline is a wonderful stone for coping with grief as it is a valuable stone for crisis and for periods of extreme stress and times of intense difficulty.
Blue Tourmaline, Indocolite (energy: receptive, element: water)
Indicolite tourmaline is best worn for peace and restful sleep as well as to de-stress. Same basic qualities as green, red, or watermelon tourmaline. Especially benefits the upper torso, the pulmonary system, and the immune system. Some believe it has a religious nature and that its purpose is to teach spiritual oneness. Works well at the Throat Chakra.
Brown Tourmaline, Dravite
Dravite tourmaline is said to bring a realization of the God-within. It protects one from the effects of bad karma, and is very gentle for use in grounding. Dravite balances the chakras, cleanses the aura, and brings a warm sense of Earth and peace to the Higher Self. It also is used to treat intestinal tract disorders.
Clear Tourmaline , Achroite
Clear tourmaline has many of the qualities of the other Tourmalines but in a more low-key manner. Beneficial for the immune system and for detoxification of the entire body. Suggested it is for the eyes and for nervous disorders such as epilepsy. This stone opens the Crown Chakra.
Green Tourmaline, Verdilite (energy: receptive, element: earth)
A healing stone that some gem healers consider the strongest of all green stones. Green Tourmaline stone attunes to nature. Helps achieve balance in all areas. Extremely beneficial for the nervous system, brain, and immunological system. Stimulates creativity and communication. Helps you recognize and avoid negative energies before they become damaging. Recommended for people who wish to better understand their own spirituality. Business, Success. Taking heart, will to live, life-force, prosperity, compassion. Energizes Central Nervous System (for neuralgia, migraine, burns, etc.) Opens/heals physical and emotional Heart Chakra. Treats lung issues such as asthma, difficulty breathing and allergies. Cleanses meridians and blocks, stimulates new growth, rejuvenates heart, lymph, immune system. Thymus and entire body health. Yang energetic.
Almost the reverse of Cat's Eye Tourmaline. The inclusion, resulting from water, heightens the effects of the stone. The additional refraction of light helps intensify the healing energy, accelerating its benefits. It is rare. A valuable addition to one's collection of healing stones. Forcefield, Protection Stone. Powerfully deflects/shields against unwanted or dark energies, especially for sensitive people. Grounds spiritual/light energy into Root Chakra, for centeredness amid chaos. Neutralizes fears, resentment, neurosis, obsessions, intestinal or spine energy blocks, toxins, constipation. Place at feet, knees, or base of spine for groundedness during/after healing. Radiation protection.
Pink Tourmaline (energy: receptive, element: water)
This stone draws love and friendship, to be worn to promote sympathy towards others. Emotional and spiritual love, healing loss, emotional pain, fear, self-gentleness (especially with severe illness like cancer, emphysema). Best in combination with counseling. Most powerful together with Kunzite or Rhodocrosite. Self-love, compassion, release of old hurt.
Red Tourmaline, Rubellite (energy, projective, element: fire)
Rubellite is worn to lend more energy to the body promote courage and strengthen the will, it is also to be used in protection rituals. Strengthens, grounds/rejuvenates, warms. Unites heart and body for love, courage, passion, energy, stamina, steadiness. High Lithium content (thus pink/red color) brings emotional balance, lovingness, devotion in a down-to-earth way. Balances body's electrochemistry. Heart and Root Chakra. Helps detach from personal pain. Releases reproductive, blocks; stimulates fertility. Used to strengthen and detox blood and immune system and to ease radiation effects.
Watermelon Tourmaline (energy: projective and receptive, element: fire and water)
This Tourmaline is worn to balance the male and female energies within one's body, it is also a love stone and works best for this purposed when used by one who is balanced. This complex make up of minerals contains the best colors for treating issues of the heart. Draws Love. Brings together compassion, passion, depth of heart with life-force and grounding Red). Emotional and spiritual love (light pink) expressed in the physical heart (Green) Excels for immune system and life-threatening illnesses. Balances metabolism, endocrine system; harmonizing. Empowers other tourmalines. Yin/yang balance. This stone is believed to work on the muscular skeletal system and therefore is beneficial for degenerative disorders and autoimmune disorders such as lupus, chronic fatigue and multiple sclerosis.
Sometimes found embedded in Clear Quartz, Tourmalinated Quartz provides an energy or " solving atmosphere". Used to actualize an innate strength in the body. It helps eliminating "crystalized " patterns in the body which have been destructive in a physical and mental manner in one's life. It also helps in adjusting imbalances throughout the body.
In general Tourmalines are said to enhance flexibility, objectivity, compassion, happiness, serenity, balance, positive transformation, healing, strength, tolerance and understanding. It is told to be an excellent channeling stone for communication with the higher forces.
One might consider the family of Tourmalines a bit like batteries to ones electromagnetic system. Charge yourself overnight by holding these stones in your hands, or by placing them under your pillow, or place them on a bedside table pointing towards you.
Green Tourmaline is said to regulate blood pressure and can strengthen the heart and nervous system. It is also said to stimulate digestion and strengthen the immune system.
Black Tourmaline is said to protect one against high radiation, and has a positive effect on the body's loco motor system, while strengthening musculature.
Blue Tourmaline is told to combat water-retention, promote detoxification of the entire body, strengthen the immune system, as well as reducing throat and bronchial infections.
Watermelon Tourmaline is said to alleviate pain, protect the nerve cells and strengthen the immune system.