Learn All About Tourmaline - A Guide To Tourmaline's Many Colors
- Published: 16 July 2019
- theraregemstonecompany.com/tourmaline - Learn all about Tourmaline. A guide to some of the gorgeous colors of Tourmaline, their value and what makes them so unique and rare. We look in to what are the differences between Green Tourmaline, Pink Tourmaline, Blue Tourmaline, Savannah and Bi- Color Tourmaline.
Tourmaline carries the distinction of being the gemstone with the most color varieties in the gem kingdom. It exists in almost every color in the color wheel.
The name Tourmaline actually comes from a Sinhalese word "thoramalli", meaning mixed colored stones. An ancient Egyptian legend states that this wide variety of hues comes because of its travels along a rainbow where it captured its many colors. Gemological speaking however, the wide variety of colors is caused by the presence of trace elements of other minerals within the Tourmaline crystals.
Tourmaline is the birthstone for October and comes from many parts of the world. At The Rare Gem Stone Company we concentrate on African Tourmaline from The DRC and Tanzania.
These sources produce some of the finest Tourmaline in the world. From rare deep reds, that are known as Rubellites, to beautiful deep greens, known as Chrome Tourmaline.
Chrome Tourmaline is colored by vanadium trace elements, which make them a more intense green than the other green Tourmaline. There are some stunning Bi-Color Tourmaline, where two colors are captured by the cutting process.
These African deposits are also very well known for the unusual and very beautiful mixed colors. Notably the pinkish orange Tourmaline, that display both pink and orange simultaneously yielding a gorgeous peach hue.
Another variety unique to Africa is the stunning Savannah Tourmaline, named after the endless oranges and yellows of the African Savannah.
Fine Tourmaline, particularly in the larger sizes are rare nowadays. When judging a fine Tourmaline, look for good cuts that display the color well, high clarities and vivid hues.
The primary value factor, as with all colored gemstones is color. Clarity plays a secondary role unlike with Diamonds where its central. With Tourmaline, fine stones should be at the
very least, "eye clean" if not flawless.
The exception is Pink Tourmaline and Rubellite which are GIA Type 2 stones. These generally contain eye visible inclusions but unless their size or number are distracting, they do not affect the value of the gem, especially if they have good color.
In recent years Tourmaline have featured strongly on The Red Carpet as successive Oscars. With celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Aquilera and Scarlett Johansson sporting exquisite Tourmaline jewelry.
Tourmalines are beautiful and a versatile gemstones and we offer some of the very best. #theraregemstonecompany
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