We've all heard of sapphires, rubies, and emeralds, but the latest stone trend in fine jewelry is Tourmaline! Unlike typical gemstones, tourmaline has many colors and they are all bright, bold. and beautiful. Its colors are very modern, compared to the traditional sapphire and ruby and give fine jewelry pieces a youthful look that's fresh. Their variety of different colors appeal to every gem lover's taste!
Tourmaline is a crystalline boron silicate mineral compounded with elements like aluminum, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. Whichever element it is compounded with determines its various different color. These stones were first brought from Sri Lanka, but nowadays they are mainly mined in Brazil and parts of Africa like Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Malawi.
There are different species of Tourmaline, and among those species, there are the different specific types of Tourmalines that vary in color.
In the Schorl species, there is only one type of Tourmaline and it is a brownish black to black color. It is often referred to as "Black Tourmaline". It is never transparent or even translucent. Schorl is the most common form of Tourmaline, and because of its lustrous shine, it is one of the most aesthetic black minerals known.
Dravite is the dark yellow to brown variety of Tourmaline. It can be orangish brown, yellow, or green. It is named after a deposit in modern day Slovenia near the Drave river. There are 2 types of Dravite stones.
Elbaite stones are named after the Italian island, Elba. There are 8 different types of Elbaite Tourmalines. It is the most well known and valuable type of Tourmaline. The colors of Elbaite Tourmaline come in virtually every color of the spectrum and are unsurpassed in beauty.
Cat's Eye Tourmaline