Tourmaline is such an exciting gemstone, they are a must for every cutter or collector. No two stones are exactly the same and a well cut gemstone is always spectacular. As mentioned in a recent post, we have just received a shipment of excellent quality tourmaline. Tourmaline is such an interesting gem, you could write a book about it – we cant manage a book but will try and do a more detailed article on tourmaline soon.
However, while grading this new parcel, we did find an excellent example of watermelon tourmaline that we thought would make a good subject for a blog post.
Watermelon tourmaline, as the name indicates, is a crystal with a greenish outside “rind” and a pinkish-red interior. These types of tourmaline are often cut in thin slices to display the colour layers to best advantage but are also cut into faceted gemstones which are unusual and beautiful. May also be kept in the rough by collectors who appreciate these tricks of nature. Alternatively, these crystals can feature in amazing pieces of jewellery.
In good examples such as this one, there is a third lighter coloured layer between the green and red. This stone is notable for the strength of the colours but without being overdark or closed on the C-axis. If you would like to see more details on this stone, see the
online listing #172 NOW SOLD.
Watermelon tourmaline is very popular because of its unique mix of colours, but also because of its metaphysical properties. Some people believe that this type of tourmaline is harmonising and works to balance the immune system and metabolism. The colours present in watermelon tourmaline are thought to represent different but complementary things – the pink symbolises deep spiritual love and passion while the green represents the physical heart, the will to live, and the healing of emotional pain. According to legend, all colors of tourmaline protect the wearer against many dangers and misfortune – tourmaline dispels fear, negativity and grief. Tourmaline is the birthstone for October and the anniversary gemstone for the 8th year of marriage.
We will be listing more great tourmaline soon including some excellent pink tourmaline – this lot is particularly fine due to its great clarity and will cut some great gems so keep a watch out for this. Take a look at our Imported Rough section for these items.
cheers from now from Aussie Sapphire