Tourmaline, although a pretty and fascinating material, has more purposes than being used for decoration or jewelry. Research has shown that tourmaline is capable of “recording” information. Tourmaline can withstand extreme pressures and can be found all around the Earth, both above and below the surface at varying levels. Add in the fact that it can keep chemical signatures, and you have one of the best geological recording devices conceived. The history of the mineral goes back a long time, all the way to the ancient period (like many minerals). Originally, tourmaline was simply a term to refer to unknown gemstone specimens. It became scientifically significant due to its pyroelectricity in the early 18th century.
The stone is of course well known for coming in a variety of colours, and black tourmaline was known as Schorl, specifically, named after a place where it was extensively mined. In more modern times, people began to refer to it simply as just black tourmaline. Many had noted tourmaline's repulsion, an aspect that manifests in metaphysical ways, too.
Tourmaline Pronunciation: /tʊrməlin/, /tuːɹməlin/, or /turmalin/ (tor-muh-leen, toor-muh-leen, or tur-ma-lin)
Tourmaline Misspellings: Tormalin, Tormaline, tourmalin
Crystal System: Trigonal
Etymology: From Sinhalese, Toramalli. That term, interestingly, refers to
Location: Global, Black Tourmaline is a common variety that is found on every continent.
Tourmaline is known to attract and repel, but of course in the most positive sense. It attracts good luck and prosperity while pushing away negative energy.
Tourmaline can create a stable field around you, bringing harmony into your daily life. It is extremely influential and you may find that the stone helps you in more ways than you might think.
Black Tourmaline is an old, but powerful stone that hasn't fallen out of favour, especially when it is combined with another stone. Even though it is the most common variety of tourmaline, all that means is that more people are able to access its powers of attraction and repulsion, primarily in pushing out the bad and pulling in the good.
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