Silicate Family

Protection. Grounding. Shielding. Balancing. Channeling Focus. Transforming limitations.

Tourmaline meaning 'Many Colours' derives its name from the Singalese word tourmali, which means 'mixed stones' It is a complex crystalline boron silicate mineral, containing boron, aluminum, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, potassium and the possibility of 32 other minerals which allows for a diverse and colourful range of the tourmaline family. 

Tourmaline grows in a rainbow of variety. Each colour gives us an idea of what properties it has, the chakras associated and the attributes the stone holds.

*The properties listed on this page are synonymous for all forms of tourmaline!


Family/Variety: Phosphate (mineral)

Shape/Crystal System: Hexagonal

Hardness: 7- 7.5

Colour Range: All

Chakra: All

Direction: East/ Left & Right

Element: Earth

Zodiac: Libra

Planetary/Ruling Bodies:  Venus

Guardian/Deity: Gaia

Partners well with: Moldavite.

Safe in Water: Yes


Where this stone came from and where can you find it?

Tourmaline has a long history with plenty of rich mythology associated with it. Discovered in Brazil during the 1500's it was mistaken as many different gemstones (emerald/sapphire) and was not until the 1800's Tourmaline was fully recognized as its own gemstone.

Ancestors of our past believed tourmaline would protect them from demons and dark forces. In Indian culture it was used in special rituals to provide direction towards that which would bring 'good'. It was recognized as a 'teller' stone, providing insights when needed, and 'telling' us what and/or who is causing the trouble.

Shamans of many indigenous tribes used tourmaline in healing and held it for protection while journeying both physically or spiritually.

Tourmaline can be found all around the world and in great abundance from India and Brazil.

Physical Properties

How does tourmaline affect the physical body?

Physically tourmaline targets all forms of pain. Tourmaline reduces stored tension in the body and eases joint problems.

Helps to release stress in mentally and physically.

Tourmaline reduces Harmful EMF & Radiation.

Energetic Properties

How does tourmaline affect the energy bodies?

Tourmaline assists in Balancing the Male and Female energies, the left and right side of the brain, and the inner and outer world.

This balancing is largely due to its shape and structure. The striations along the tourmaline form parallel lines that channel electrical energy. This striated channel works to transform denser vibrations into positive ones.

Creative Ways to Use Tourmaline

unique and fun ways to work with Tourmaline
  • Effective in Water Filters (Santevia water filter)
  • Some hair straighteners are tourmaline plaited 
  • Use long tourmaline wands to balance duality energy and emotional energy
  • Soak away mental stress by placing this stone on the forehead

Wearing it, or holding/mediating with it regularly will increase all these properties!

Tourmaline often exhibits the trait of pleochroism, meaning the colour of the specimen is much deeper when looking into the gemstone, rather than look at its side.

This stone is a partner for life. It is a complete stone meaning it holds all the colour Rays! All forms of tourmaline increase ones light force. Because of this it is helpful for those stuck in challenging environments, or those having to deal with difficult people. Tourmaline reminds us to remain radiant in the dark. It is so protective it even shields us from our own bad thoughts and attitudes.

  • Vibrates to the number 2
  • Repels negativity instead of absorbing it
  • Can be found in every colour of the visible spectrum

Resources & References

Furthering Studies on tourmaline

Silver Cove Encyclopedia App

Melody - Love is in the Earth- Earth Love Publishing House 1995

Geology <>

Minerals <>

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