Romans used tourmaline to induce a relaxed deep sleep. China’s highest-ranking Mandarins wore red or pink tourmaline as a sign of station. The Dutch even called it “Aschentrekker” and it was said to attract and repel ashes when placed near fire embers. Tourmaline from the Sinhalese word “turmali” meaning “mixed”, appropriately named for this mixed-color crystal. Even the Victorian thinker John Ruskin once said, “It’s chemistry is more like a medieval doctor’s prescription than the making of a respectable mineral.” This is due to the mixed-color crystal’s complex chemical composition.
Due to the many colors of tourmaline it has many other names.
Black tourmaline is called schorl. Some of the other names are:
Dark blue – indicolite
Brown – dravite
Colorless – achroite
Pale-colored – elbaite
Green – Brazilian emerald
Pink to green – watermelon
Pink – rubellite
Violet – siberite
Yellow-green – Ceylon peridot
Black tourmaline can be used for developing psychic powers. It is also known for its power as a protective stone. Charge as an amulet to ward off other people’s negativity and ignorance. Being a high energy stone, use it to give you a boost when you are at a low ebb, with its uplifting effects it can also help to ease distress.
Tourmaline works well on the throat chakra. Develop your psychic sensitivity with black tourmaline.
Tourmaline is the element water. Water crystals help to balance your emotions and influence your dreams by shifting ideas between the conscious and unconscious mind.
Being a black crystal, it is a stone of protection and will power and can provide you with energy to develop your potential. Black tourmaline wards off nightmares. It is said that black crystals can trap spirits within them. Black crystals make excellent stones for meditation. Use black tourmaline for relaxation.
Tourmaline is a crystalline boron silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminum iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium or potassium. It is a semi-precious stone. It is a 7-7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness.