This word came from a regional term in Sri Lanka, based on the Sinhalese word “turmali”, that referred to yellow Zircon.
loosely translated as “mixed” and used to describe assortments of multicolored gemstone pebbles found in local regions where sand and sediment were once deposited by running water.
Tourmaline uses differs as its colors differ. All colors are very powerful and it must be used carefully.
Tourmaline is a shamanic stone, providing protection during ritual work.
Tourmaline is considered a “healer’s stone”, increasing one’s healing powers, helping ease communication, and imparting compassion, wisdom, acceptance and sympathy towards others.
Each person seems to react differently to Tourmaline. It has been used with intestinal problems, but only a healer should use it.
Tourmaline strengthens the sense of smell, and in that respect, can also enhance the perception of pheromones which produces an aphrodisiac effect.
In general tourmalines are said to enhance flexibility, objectivity, compassion, happiness, serenity, balance, positive transformation, healing, strength, tolerance and understanding. It is told to be an excellent channeling stone for communication with the higher forces.
Tourmaline of all colors are faceted into gems for jewelry, but the red, green, blue, and multicolored stones, especially watermelon, are the most popular.
Tourmaline can be found in fairly large transparent crystals, and these can produce very large exquisite and flawless gemstones. Tourmaline is used as a large pendant stone, in bracelets, rings, and earrings. Lesser quality stones are cut into cabochons, and are also polished into beads and used in bracelets and necklaces.
Such stones are often cut as cabochons and called “Cats’ Eye Tourmaline”.Some pink, green, and multicolored Tourmaline’s are also carved into ornamental figures and carvings.
Important deposits of Tourmaline are in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka (Ceylon), and the United States (California and Maine).
Several African countries have recently become big producers of gem Tourmaline, specifically Madagascar, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Malawi.