Tourmaline Necklace and Earrings Set


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Necklace:  lovely all natural Tourmaline beads (two different shapes - freeform flat puffed nuggets and small round beads) with 2.5 mm Sterling Silver seamless round beads - terminating in a Sterling Silver lobster clasp (length - 23", adjustable up to 26" with the use of the included 3" Sterling Silver extender chain)

Earrings:  Tourmaline beads and Sterling Silver - dangling from Sterling Silver fishhook ear wires (length - 2 1/4")

Tourmaline - There are seven varieties of Tourmaline that occur in various colors: pink, red or rubellite, green, blue or indicolite, black or schorl, watermelon and tourmalated quartz.  The watermelon tourmaline is a rare variety that displays three different colors in the same crystal - green (the skin of the watermelon), pink (the sweet fruit) and white (the rind).  As in the gemstone Ametrine, the colors of the Watermelon Tourmaline occur naturally.

Tourmaline deposits are found in Africa, Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Siberia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and the United States (California and Maine - in fact, Tourmaline was the first gemstone mined in the United States by miners other than prehistoric man or Native Americans - Tourmaline mining began at Mount Mica in Maine in 1822 and has continued there through the present).  The name is derived from the Sinhalese (Sri Lanka) word ‘tura mali’ meaning ‘stone of mixed colors’.  Tourmaline is available in a wide variety of colors ranging from black to bluish-black, dark brown, yellow, medium brown, blue to neon blue, lime to dark forest green, red and reddish purple, yellow, pink, and colorless.  Tourmaline gems can exhibit multiple colors within the same stone which is why many tourmaline gemstones are often cut into long bars as this shape brings out its best color and highlights its attractive and desirable color zoning.  Some tourmaline is dichroic, meaning it appears to change color when viewed from different angles.  Tourmaline is quite durable, rating 7-7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale which makes it slightly harder than varieties of quartz.  Along with opal, tourmaline is one the of official birthstones for the month of October, the stone for the Zodiac sign of Leo, and the accepted gem for the 8th wedding anniversary.

Metaphysical properties - attract love, balance the male and female energies within yourself, remove imbalances (and guilt) caused by conflicts and confusions, the green part feeds your life force while the pink soothes and harmonizes.  Tourmaline is believed to inspire creativity and is used extensively as a talisman by artists and writers.  All of the tourmalines are used for the strong healing energies and the watermelon variety is used by crystal healers to encourage a calm and centered state of mind.  Ancient legend says that Tourmaline is found in all colors because it traveled along a rainbow and gathered all of the rainbow’s colors.