Green Tourmaline

What is Green Tourmaline?

Tourmaline is found in many different colours, with green tourmaline being just one of them. The most sought after form of green tourmaline is chrome tourmaline. Green tourmaline is the original tourmaline colour. Both men and women like tourmaline, either set in jewellery or as a loose gemstone. Green tourmaline comes in a variety of shades and has gained its colour by the presence of chrome and vanadium. The cut of the stone as well as the size and quality will make green tourmaline prices vary. Cutting a tourmaline requires great skill and practice. Depending on the darkness of the stone, it has to either be cut parallel to the main axis (for dark stones) or perpendicular to the longitudinal axis (for light stones). Due to the fact that green tourmalines are pyro electrical, they become electrically charged when heated and have a positive and negative charge at either end of the stone once they cool down.

Why Buy Loose Green Tourmaline?

There are two main reasons as to why it is a great idea to buy loose green tourmaline. Firstly, it allows you to thoroughly check the quality of the stone and make sure there are no flaws or imperfections. Green tourmaline prices will be higher for good quality stones – being the ones with little to no imperfections – and it is important that you are able to check whether you are actually getting what you are paying for. It happens all too often that stones are sold at prices of those that are completely perfect, when they actually have imperfections and flaws hidden by the setting of the jewellery.

Secondly, by buying a loose green tourmaline, you will have the option to put it in whichever setting you like. You can choose the type of jewellery (necklace, pendant, bracelet, ring, brooch and so on) as well as the type of material used to set it (gold, silver, steel, titanium, platinum, leather). This means that the jewellery you have will be completely unique to you.

Green Tourmaline Myths and Legends

The main myth surrounding tourmaline is of course that it gathered its colours by travelling along the rainbow. Secondly, there are many spiritual myths surrounding green tourmaline. They are said to be the stone of peace, friendship and empathy, allowing those who wear them to be more in tune with other people’s feelings. They also increase fertility in men as well as protecting them from attacks from outside forces. It is also the stone of bonding and attention. All tourmalines are said to help with nervous dispositions, helping people to calm down. They are also used for chakra healing, with the green tourmaline being related to the fourth chakra.

Green Tourmaline Sources

Green tourmaline can be found the world over, with the purest type and chrome tourmaline being found in Tanzania. Some of the other places where tourmaline is mined include Pakistan, Brazil, Namibia, Madagascar, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.