An ancient Egyptian legend says that tourmaline got its extraordinary colors on its way from the Earth to the sun, soaking up the beautiful colors of the rainbow. It was called the "jewel of the rainbow." Brazilian Indians call it "running stone" because of its many colors. They believed that tourmaline is one of the first stones materialised on the planet and its purpose is to generate energy that people have used before using coarse meal. Even today there are some people (white Indians) living in the Andes which feed on the energy of tourmaline.

tourmaline monocrystal
tourmaline beads
multicolor tourmaline

The name of the stone comes from the Senegalese word «tura mali», which means stone with many colors, or from the words "Thurman" - attracting the ashes. This is the name the mineral has been brought from Ceylon to Holland.

Although it has gained popularity in Europe in recent times in Asia tourmaline has been used in jewelry for centuries and considered one of the most valuable. It has been got accidentally with other precious stones from fields in India, Sri Lanka, Burma. The stone was known in Afghanistan and other countries of the East.

The most remarkable feature of this mineral is its multi colour. The color changes from blue and green to pink and colorless. Depending on the color the stone varieties get their own special names. The classic color is green. There are some varieties with respective names:


In Europe these stones, especially red and green varieties, immediately attracted a lot of attention, but they were often confused with rubies, emeralds and spinels. There is a famous crown of the Czech kings, said to have killed the person who wears it without having the right to do so. It was believed to have been inserted ruby but modern analysis proved that it is in fact tourmaline. Similar is the story of the famous Ruby of Cesar presented by Swedish King Gustav to Catherine the Great. It is a extremely beautiful rubellite stone (pink tourmaline) weighing about 255 carats, brought from Burma and abnormally processed in the form of a bunch of grapes.


Ruby of Cesar

Achroite - a rare colorless or nearly colorless variety


Dravite - the name comes from the field Drava in Austria. The stone color varies from yellow-brown to dark brown.


Verdelit - the most common of the tourmalines also called Brazilian emerald.

Tourmaline is one of the most fascinating gemstones. It is not only its beauty that makes it so interesting and demanded. It has another unique properties which make it valuable in many other areas of life. It has piezo and thermoelectric properties, i.e. when heated or rubbed crystal of tourmaline it charges with electricity and act as a magnet. This unique property makes the mineral used for different technical purposes. It is also proved that the stone is a rare source of healing given to us by nature. Tourmaline has a positive effect on the nervous system, sleep disorders, endocrine and immune systems. Well affects the circulatory system, reproductive functions, neutralise negative emotions. It is believed that the emitting ions increases cellular metabolism, improves blood and lymph flow, cellular exchanges, strengthens the immune system and balance the autonomic nervous system.

tourmaline heart faceted

In Japan have been created fibre containing tourmaline crystals and in Korea for this purpose was invented liquid tourmaline. Of such fibres different fabrics, garments and lingerie are produced.


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