Tourmalinated Quartz is clear rock crystal (crystal quartz) which has grown together with black tourmaline, and shows strands of the tourmaline running through the quartz, hence "tourmalinated." The earliest use of tourmalinated quartz was for tools made by hominds in Ethiopia over 2 million years ago.
Tourmalinated Quartz Metaphysical Properties
Tourmalinated quartz is believed to protect the wearer from negative thoughts and emotions. It is said to be filled with energy that flashes through it and connects one with other fields of energy. Tourmalinated quartz is thought to provide a balancing of yin/yang energies and release negative patterns. It is used by some to treat disorders of the digestive tract and to detoxify the body. Tourmalinated quartz is aligned with the Zodiac signs Libra, Capricorn and Scorpio. It is associated with the 6th, Third Eye or Brow Chakra, but is also believed to be effective on the secondary chakras of the hands and feet, including the meridians.
Tourmalinated Quartz Geological Properties
Although it can be found in many parts of the world, tourmalinated quartz used for jewelry-making comes mostly from Brazil.Quartz is the best-known piezoelectric gem--it can carry an electrical charge when exposed to an applied voltage, in response to pressure or in response to mechanical stressors. Quartz is also a pyroelectric gem--able to generate an electric charge through rapid states of temperature change. These are the scientific qualities behind reliable and accurate quartz movements in watches. The same properties mean it is ideal for use in microphones, speakers, filters and sonar.
SiO2 with (Na or CA)1(Mg, Li, Al and/or Fe2+)3Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH)4
Clear with black inclusions
1.544 - 1.553
Proper Care of Tourmalinated Quartz
Tourmalinated quartz is fairly hard so it can be cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner. Avoid heat with most forms of colorful quartzes to prevent hue shift. Store tourmalinated quartz out of direct sunlight to preserve its color.
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Designing with Tourmalinated Quartz
Because it is quartz, this gemstone is abundant, but no quartz is more tasteful and distinctive. Because of its black and white color scheme, it goes with all colors. Whether the rich black inclusions bubble through it or are discreet like the stroke of a fine ink pen against its sparkling clear-white base, tourmalinated quartz is gorgeous. String a variety of the interesting shapes together for a necklace that's casually elegant. Or blend them with celestial crystal and garnet for a magical mixture of black and red, intensified by clear white quartz. You'll have a go anywhere accessory perfect for this fall and winter's fashion colors.
**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.
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