Tourmaline in crystalline form forms as prismatic striated crystals in a wide colour range (but most commonly black) and is often found in association with quartz, where it is a common inclusion. In appearance the coloured varieties are easy to identify, although brown-green varieties are sometimes confused with epidot. When looking at black tourmaline it can be confused with actinolite or rutile, but when observed closely it appears denser; tends to be obviously striated down its length; and has a glassy or greasy appearance, rather than being dull or reflective.
When found with quartz, the quartz acts to strongly amplify and broadcast the tourmaline's innate energies, which as you might expect are connected with their colour and the chakras. All tourmalines are hugely useful crystals for grounding and balancing the energy bodies according to their colour, and - when in quartz - for diffusing their energies throughout the immediate environs. Quartz with green and pink tourmalines are effective for balancing and opening the heart; with blue and indigo useful to strengthen the throat and 3rd eye; with orange and red are good to energise, clear and ground the lower chakra centres. Watermelon (pink core within a green outer layer) tourmaline is a rare formation that is the very best crystal for working with the heart and high heart centres: however the most frequently occurring tourmaline is coloured black. This is a very powerful stone for personal energy protection and for absorbing and clearing the energy field of negative EMFs - hence their usefulness when placed next to the TV or computer, or used with a mobile phone.
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Agate Pendulum on a 21cm chain with a pouch. Size 3.5 x 1.75 x 1.75 cm
A small and interesting pebble with areas of white and differing shades of amethyst and strings of hematite / goethite. Some fracturing and areas of...
Amethyst Crystal Polished point with darker Amethyst phantoms within the termination. Crystal has a ribbon of red iron inclusions. Size 5 x 3.75 x...
Amethyst Crystal Polished point with darker Amethyst phantoms within the termination. The crystal has some iron inclusions within the body of the...
Picture shows EXAMPLES of our Angel Phantom Quartz crystals for sale. You will receive one of minimum weight 1.7 grams. Useful for connecting with...
Picture shows EXAMPLES of our stock of Angel Phantom (Amphibole) Quartz tumbled stones. You will receive one of minimum weight 7.2 grams. Useful for...
Fine large candle quartz cluster with plum-coloured lithium and orange-yellow iron inclusions. The cluster has very good candling on its sides, and...
Natural Citrine polished point from Madagascar. The crystal is a generator with an Isis face and some orange streaks of iron inclusions and some...
This clear quartz has a very slight yellow tinge, with hints of citrine. Its inner beauty is astounding, and in the sun it is crammed with rainbows!...
This point has been polished off to reveal layers of 'fire' quartz that once lay just below its surface. Although scattered, the energy still...
This point has been part-polished to reveal layers of green chlorite and 'fire' quartz that once lay just below its surface. Although scattered, the...
This clear quartz has been polished to reveal a few small regions of 'fire quartz' and chlorite, mainly green. Good clarity. Size 3.75 x 1.75 x 1.5 cm
Brandburg quartz - elestiated cluster of clear quartz crystals, on which sit two smoky double-terminated skeletal crystals. The clear quartz points...
This cluster of clear crystals has a fine energy. Most are double terminated, oriented in a random 'star-burst' pattern, and they are growing amongst...
Brandburg quartz - clear crystal cluster. The main crystal is a tabby formation with many smaller crystals surrounding it, most of which have...
Brandburg quartz - cluster of three double terminated crystals, which has grown with two smaller crystal growing from one end of the main crystal,...
Brandburg quartz - clear quartz cluster, with hematite inclusions creating phantoms in some of the points. One of the crystals comprises four points...
This is a rare and unusual quartz know as 'Blue mist quartz' from the Colombian Andes. The inclusions are said to be limonite which forms a...