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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A small and interesting pebble with areas of white and differing shades of amethyst and strings of hematite / goethite. Some fracturing and areas of...
'A' grade terminated crystal cluster. All sides are complete, with keys and small clustered black tourmaline crystals on some of the surfaces. As you...
This is a natural clear quartz point with blue AND clear fluorite crystals included within it. Termination is almost complete and the quartz has...
This clear quartz point has a second crystal clearly visible within it: this is coated with dark green deposits of Hedenbergite, which is the mineral...
Orange River quartz candle (celestial) cluster. The quartz has hematite inclusions, which appear in layers of tiny black dots and red colouration....
Picture shows EXAMPLES of our stock of natural Smoky Quartz included tumbled stones. You will receive one (chosen at random) of average weight 8...
Smoky quartz manifestation cluster, comprising clear and smoky crystals in candle (celestial) formation with blue/green manifestation crystals...
This pale smoky cluster of randomly orientated crystals, some of which are double terminated, has black and green-black inclusions, which are in...
Sulphur in quartz crystal with termination and sides predominantly incomplete. Partial face defines direction of flow, one side shows bridging...
Picture shows EXAMPLES of our stock of A grade Tourmalinated Quartz tumbled stones. You will receive one of minimum weight 15 grams. The A graded...
Picture shows EXAMPLES of our stock of A grade Tourmalinated Quartz tumbled stones. You will receive one of minimum weight 7 grams. The A graded...
Picture shows EXAMPLES of our stock of A grade Tourmalinated Quartz tumbled stones. You will receive one of minimum weight 2.8 grams. The A graded...
Picture shows EXAMPLES of our stock of B grade Tourmalinated Quartz tumbled stones. You will receive one of average weight 2.3 grams. The B graded...
This is a pale smoky quartz point that has been polished to reveal inclusions of tourmaline and silver rutile. The tourmaline has formed as long...
This clear quartz crystal has been polished into a rounded dome-like freeform shape, and is crammed on one side with multiple needle-like inclusions....
This polished freeform of clear quartz has excellent clarity with some veiling. When viewed from one side it is easy to see the lines and clusters of...
This polished clear quartz point is densely crammed with black tourmaline crystals, which are laid out in random formation, some in starbursts. Some...
This clear quartz point has several good-sized black tourmaline crystals within, along with many smaller flecks of tourmaline (or possibly epidot)...