If there ever was a gemstone that could help distract us from the grim and drab panorama of Covid -19, Tourmaline is the perfect gemstone to do just that .
Tourmalines make very popular stones for fine jewellery and come in an amazing range of colors, including multi-color zones. Most colors are fairly common, but pure blue, red, orange, yellow, and purple stones are rare. Such stones usually command higher prices. Color-change tourmalines are also exceptionally rare. Neon-blue paraíba tourmalines, raspberry-red rubellites, and emerald-green chrome tourmalines are especially prized.
Tourmaline is what is called a “receptive stone,” which means it is soothing, calming, inward, and magnetic, promoting meditation, spirituality, wisdom, and mysticism something we all need during this pandemic.
So if you need some cheering up, think tourmaline, it comes in every color of the rainbow! Not a Rainbow Brite kinda gal? Worry not it comes in a striking and elegant black as well.
Here is a fun and informative guide to the tourmaline colors. Pick the one you think you need the most, or pick several, fortunately, tourmalines are not as expensive as colored sapphires, so treat yourself to as many as you like:
Black (Schori) tourmaline—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.
Pink (Rubellite): The pink stone is supposed to encourage compassion and gentleness, as well as link love and spirituality.
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): 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.
*Paraiba tourmaline Is the rarest and most expensive of all tourmalines.
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, 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 insight into conflicts.
Whether this is true or not, it is our choice to believe in the healing qualities of these beautiful gemstones. All I know is that we could all use a little magic during this time and we can all do with more jewellery as well. I don’t know about you but jewellery always makes me feel happy, and that is enough magic for me.
Please continue to take care of yourself and others. It might feel like there is no end in sight, but we are all in this together, and we will get through this together. If you need support, want to distract yourself, and chat with other jewellery lovers, join our Jewellery Lovers Chat (coming soon to WhatsApp).
How to Find out More About Tourmalines:
The GIA encyclopedia is an excellent resource if you want to do a deep dive on a gemstone. If you have an interest in Paraiba tourmalines, read more in this article on the difference between the Brazilian and African varieties by the Jewellery Editor.
Covett Tourmaline and Pearl Ring by Nadine Aysoy
Currrently in the vault we have several tourmaline pieces by designer Nadine Aysoy. Our current favourite is this lovely tourmaline ring paired with pearl.