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with opals, this stone is recognized as the birthstone for the month of October and is associated with the astrological birth sign of Libra.

New Age Beliefs and Powers Through The Ages

Like many other varieties of crystal stone, tourmaline is believed to possess many different metaphysical qualities. Notable among the ancient myths is the belief that the stone could ward off depression and sadness and help the wearer overcome feelings of grief and loss. Because of the unique electrical properties of these stones, many in the New Age community believe that the wearer may experiences positive of negative changes in the bodies own electrical and magnetic fields. Tourmaline is also said to aid in the struggle against insomnia, and ward off or even cure a variety of physical ailments such as infections, arthritis, blood disorders and hormonal imbalances. Different color stones are said to possess powers unique to that color.

Artificial Forms of Enhancement

Heat treating is the most common method used to enhance the color of these stones and is used mostly on dark colored stones.

Color

Tourmaline can be seen in an incredibly wide range of colors, including some varieties that appear as bi-colored and even multi-colored. White or clear yellow, blue, red, pink, green and black are the most prevalent colors and the presence of certain contaminant minerals such as chromium and iron can influence the color.

General Scientific Information

The chemical name (Na, Ca)(Li, Mg, Al)(Al, Fe, Mn)6(BO3)3(Si6O18)(OH)4

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