Tourmaline has been called the chameleon gemstone because of the vast array of colors it is available in. Because of its availability and cost effectiveness this versatile stone is often used in place of more expensive stones such as ruby, sapphire and emerald.
A Little History:
The name tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese word turmali multi or varied. Tourmaline has many scientific uses due to an electrical charge that can be produced by applying pressure to the crystal in the direction of the vertical crystal axis. This is known as piezoelectricity, and has infinite uses in pressure measuring equipment and other technological applications. Because of its beauty and rainbow of colors tourmaline has been used throughout history to make jewelry and ornaments. Once thought to be rubies, there are many stones in the 17th century Russian Crown jewels that are actually tourmaline. The last Empress of China, Dowager Tz’u Hsi loved pink tourmaline and purchased almost a full ton of it. At one time in the Netherlands tourmaline was referred to as "aschentrekkers" because of their electrical properties they could be used to attract ashes and clean pipes.
Healing & Metaphysical Properties:
Blue tourmaline can be used to help heal illness and injury to the lungs, eyes and brain. The blue variety of tourmaline encourages ease in communication and boosts psychic awareness. Blue tourmaline is related to the throat and third eye charkas. Wear a blue tourmaline close to the throat to improve communication skills.
Green tourmaline helps to focus creativity and bolsters artistic expression. Its green color represents the energy of plants and thus brings abundance and greater healing to the wearer. Green tourmaline is a potent all-purpose healer helping the body as a whole. This is the perfect stone for those who enjoy gardening or work with healing herbs. Green tourmaline helps to open the heart chakra.
This shade of tourmaline brings assistance in matters of love and of the heart. Pink tourmaline can be used to assist in maintaining a healthy heart both physically and spiritually. This shade of tourmaline has been used in easing heart conditions and strengthening circulation. Because of itís correspondence with the heart, pink tourmaline helps to grant the wearer a greater understanding of the people in their lives hence creating deeper joy and peace.
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