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Tourmaline Crystals are popular as gemstones and with mineral collectors around the world. Not one mineral but a group of minerals that share crystal structue and many of the same physical properties, the tourmaline family has a variety of chemical formulas. It ranges from opaque to perfectly clear, and comes in many colors depending on the chemical makeup and impurities present. Black is probably the most common.  Pink, green, and yellow are very popular. Mulitcolored crystals are highly prized as is my favorite Watermelon Tourmaline.

Mineral Properties of Tourmaline

Chemical Formula crystalline boron silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium.
Ca,K,Na,)(Al,Fe,Li,Mg,Mn) 3(Al,Cr, Fe,V) 6(BO3) 3(Si,Al,B) 6O 18(OH,F)4

Color(s): Can be many colors including red, black, green, colorless, pink, bi and tri colored specimens are not uncommon.
Streak: White
Luster: vitreous sometimes resinous
Transparency: transparent, translucent, or opaque
Crystal system: Trigonal
Crystal Habits: Parallel and elongated. Acicular prisms,
Specific Gravity: 3.06
Hardness (Mohs): 7-7.5
Cleavage: indistinct
Fracture: conchoidal to uneven
Uses: jewelry
Associated Minerals:
Location: Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Kenya, and USA

Metaphysical Characteristics of Tourmaline

Black tourmaline repels negative energies. Black tourmaline also transforms negative energies into higher vibrations. It is used to harmonize, balance, and protect against electromagnetic noise and radiation in computers and cell phones. People who face challenges from frequent worrying and negativity use black tourmaline for treatment. Tourmaline can aid in detoxification and balancing of the brain hemispheres and strengthening the immune system.

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