As with most gemstones, ancient civilizations credited Tourmaline gems with magical
and mystical powers, including having the power to guard against danger and misfortune.
Tourmalines are said to
have an especially strong influence over friendship and
love, lending permanence and stability to both. Tourmaline gems help to amplify
psychic ability / energy and are an
excellent aid to increasing self-confidence
and understanding. Tourmaline is believed to help assist with tranquil sleep, calm
nerves, improve concentration and creative processes and to be an aid to
Chrome Tourmaline is considered the most valuable of green Tourmalines and is respectively
quite rare. Expect to pay high premiums for top quality specimens.
Chrome Tourmaline is somewhat of a new addition to the vast Tourmaline family. It
was first sourced in Tanzania in the 1960's where deposits continue to be mined
to this day. There are also known deposits of Chrome Tourmaline in Kenya, Namibia,
Tourmaline (regardless of variety) is rated at 7 – 7.5 on the Moh's Scale of Hardness
and as such is
suitable for all jewelry uses and is considered durable enough to
be worn everyday.
Chrome Tourmaline exhibits an outstanding, bright green color that resembles and
can even rival that of fine Emerald, which also owes it's amazing color to traces
of Chromium. If you are in the market for a Large sized gemstone, Chrome Tourmaline
would not be recommended as large specimens are generally much too
dark and can
contain numerous visible inclusions.
Chrome Tourmaline is also strongly pleochroic. What this means is when viewing the
stone from different angels, different color intensities will be visible, with the
deepest coloration always being displayed along the stone's main axis. Chrome Tourmalines
pleochroic nature, combined with it's durability, clarity and breathtaking color
amounts to a truly memorable gemstone that can be past down from generation to generation.
Owing to the fact that Tourmaline crystals are long and narrow in shape Tourmaline
gems are most commonly, although not exclusively cut into square or rectangular
Chrome Tourmalines are occasionally heat-treated in order to lighten colors and
to remove “silk” (a form of natural imperfection / inclusion).
Care & Cleaning:
soapy water and a soft brush to clean Tourmaline. Ultrasonic cleaners are
generally safe. Never use chemicals such as hydrofluoric acid or ammonium fluoride
to clean Tourmaline because it can erode the stone. Much like many gemstones, Tourmaline
should be kept away
from prolonged exposure to extremes of heat and light
as this can cause permanent color change. Always keep your Chrome Tourmaline jewelry in
a fabric-lined box, away from other jewelry, in order to avoid damage/scratching.