Tourmaline description

Tourmaline is one on the most complex gemstones of the silicate group and there are 10 different varieties created by the dozen or more elements they contain. Origin of name: from Sinhalese turamali = stone of mixed colours. There are Tourmalines, which change the colour from daylight to artificial light and others display chattoyance(a mobile, wavering striped reflection).Tourmaline is found in Africa, Brazil, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Sri Lanka and USA.

Colour: depending on the variety green, red to pink, light to dark blue, colourless, purple , neon blue, brown, black, red to green and green to red.


N.B. Tourmaline may be heated to enhance it s colour.