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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This rough piece of white quartz contains randomly oriented crystals of blue / indigo and black Tourmaline (Indicolite). Although unpolished it has a...
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...
Picture shows EXAMPLES of our stock of natural Smoky Quartz included tumbled stones. You will receive one (chosen at random) of average weight 8...
This pale smoky cluster of randomly orientated crystals, some of which are double terminated, has black and green-black inclusions, which are in...
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 minimum weight 10 grams. The B graded...
Picture shows EXAMPLES of our stock of B grade Tourmalinated Quartz tumbled stones. You will receive one of minimum weight 5 grams. The B graded...
Picture shows EXAMPLES of our stock of B grade Tourmalinated Quartz tumbled stones. You will receive one of minimum weight 2 grams. The B graded...
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...
Cut and polished double terminated tourmalinated Quartz. This is a nice clear piece of quartz, with some layered veiling and several well-formed...
Cut and polished double terminated tourmalinated Quartz. This is a heavily veiled clear quartz, giving it a somewhat milky appearance: however, it is...
This clear quartz point has several good-sized black tourmaline crystals within, along with many smaller flecks of tourmaline (or possibly epidot)...
This is a very nice phantom of clear quartz with deep green layers of chlorite along with some dense white veiling. There is also a small spray of...
This is a very clear piece of quartz, with some veiling and several well-formed black tourmaline crystals within. Good clarity, would be nice sitting...
Very pale smoky cluster, with inner 'ghosting' and black needle-like inclusions, probably of tourmaline. The base of the cluster shows off the ground...