Black Magic: Hearth Art’s Mineral Lamp Collection Includes Exquisite Black Tourmaline

Posted by Claire, 2013. Blog,Hearth Art

Few gemstones occur in black. The most common is onyx, a variety of chalcedony, which is dyed to produce a uniform black.  Onyx is abundant and inexpensive but it is not what I would call a fine gem.  Black tourmaline, however, is another story. Tourmaline belongs to a complex family of aluminum borosilicates mixed with iron and magnesium.   Depending on the proportions of its components, it may form as red, pink, yellow, brown, black, green, blue or violet.  Its prismatic, vertically striated crystals may be long and slender, or thick and columnar. The name Tourmaline comes from an ancient Sinhalese word turmali, meaning “a mixed color precious stone,” or turamali, meaning “something small from the earth.” The most common species of Tourmaline is Schorl, which accounts for ninety-five percent of all Tourmaline in nature. It is black, or sometimes a blue so deep it appears to be black. The term Schorlwas in use before the 1400s, named for a town in Saxony, Germany, where Black Tourmaline was found in nearby tin mines.
The metaphysical lore surrounding black tourmaline is that it repels negativity and protects the wearer. It is said to be a very good stone to wear or have in your room when you're experiencing any kind of stress. Emotionally, black tourmaline is excellent for dispelling fears, obsessions, and neuroses, and bringing emotional stability. Physically, black tourmaline is alleged to strengthen the immune system and help with heart disease, arthritis, and gout.  I'm not sure about all of that, but I'm convinced it has some mystical power.  When I walk by this specimen, I'm entranced.

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