Black Tourmaline meaning:

People all over the world have used Black Tourmaline as a form of shielding, gridding or protection for centuries.  Usually raw Black Tourmaline.  It was originally called Schorl as that was the name of a town in Germany where it was mined.  The current name of tourmaline roots back to a word in the language spoken in Sri Lanka: Sinhalese.  Sri Lankan's called this black stone tormalli.

Black Tourmaline metaphysical properties:

Black Tourmaline is best known as a neutralizing crystal that deflects and transforms negative energy. That’s why it is great to put it in your pocket for protection or pick it up after getting slimed to quickly cleanse your aura.  Raw black tourmaline is also reputed to strengthen your immune system, heart, joints and alleviate gout.  You can also use it to deflect radiation from your television and computer screen. Just put a piece of it in front of the screen. Since black tourmaline clears negative energy, it helps neutralize fear, obsession, and neuroses, bringing emotional stability.  There has been a lot of feedback that Black Tourmaline greatly assists those with dyslexia and insomnia.  Raw tourmaline and polished tourmaline both strongly reduces electromagnetic frequency (emf). 

Pink Tourmaline properties:

Pink Tourmaline stone is great protection for travel.  Calls in powerful forces of protection.  Releases radiation from the body following an exposure.  Pink Tourmaline inspires love of exercise and knowledge.  Keep it by you when signing contracts.  As with all tourmaline, pink tourmaline stones enhance sleep.  Great for fertility, creativity and bringing an aggressive or passive nature into balance.

Watermelon Tourmaline properties:

Watermelon tourmaline gemstone stimulates kundalini activation - the life force that is coiled three and a half times a the base of the spine.  

Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline!

We've never had Paraiba Tourmaline to offer before.  It's one of those new, rare gemstones.  Its rarity makes it unbelievably expensive.  We have one piece, a gorgeous 10 inch tall, four sided-flame.  Natural blue Paraiba Tourmaline encased in a violet-hued gray stone matrix. 

Since it was discovered in 1989, Paraiba Tourmaline has been in demand by collectors and jewelers all over the world.  Paraiba Tourmaline was discovered by Heitor Dimas Barbosa, a very determined gem and mineral miner.  He excavated the hills of Paraiba, a state in Brazilian.  He had a strong instinct that he would find a rare gem in those hills.   Five years of digging paid off.  He must have been ecstatic when he first laid eyes upon such a bright blue, neon really, tourmaline.  

Soon after the Brazilian discovery, Paraiba Tourmaline was found in Mazambique.  In 2003, 14 years after the initial finding by Barbosa, Moussa Konate, a gem wholesaler, accidentally shipped the new African Paraiba Tourmalines from Mozambique to the U.S.  Orders poured in from America.  This wholesaler wanted to find more and purchased a claim for 300 acres of land around the original mine where he first found Paraiba Tourmaline.

Meanwhile, two years earlier in 2001, more Paraiba Tourmalines were discovered in Oyo, Nigeria. These were ready for distribution in 2005.  The Paraiba Tourmaline from Nigeria and Mozambique was the same as the Paraiba Tourmaline from Brazil.  A spectrometry test can discern the fine differences.

What makes Paraiba tourmaline so rare?

Brazil is abundant in tourmaline of every color.  Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline is unique in that it contains traces of copper, the element that makes this tourmaline such a brilliant blue.  Paraiba Tourmaline is also called cuprian elbaite.  The color of Paraiba Tourmaline can range from bright aqua to an intense deep turquoise.  The color is so neon-like that it seems to glow.