Gemology • Lauren Dorr is a designer at a luxury brand and is an avid collector of vintage jewelry. She contributes a monthly post on gemstones for The Stone Set.
Watermelon Tourmaline • Tri-color gemstone; pink, green with white
Energies • Balance, Calmness, Joy, Love, Friendship
What comes to mind when you think of summer? For me, summer evokes images of hot endless sun, backyard grilling, vacation getaways, afternoons at the beach, cold lemonade, and the sweet, refreshing taste of watermelon slices. Watermelon is such a summertime staple that this month’s gemstone could only be watermelon tourmaline. This colorful semi-precious gemstone is an unusual variety as it exhibits three different color zones which mimic a watermelon. Watermelon tourmaline has a pink center with a green exterior “rind,” and a fine white line separating the pink and green color positions. Watermelon tourmaline’s unique play on colors occurs 100% naturally.
Watermelon tourmaline is found in many places around the world. It is found in Afghanistan, Argentina, Brazil, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the United States (specifically Maine). The word “tourmaline” comes from a Singhalese’s phrase, “tura mali,” which translates to “mixed precious stone.” Ancient myths suggest that tourmaline is multi-colored because it traveled along a rainbow accumulating its dazzling array of colors. Tourmaline was used by tribes in Africa and the Aboriginals as a talisman for protection and was even thought to have healing abilities.
Watermelon tourmaline is a stone believed to heal old emotional pains, as it strengthens the body and spirit. It can help relieve stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as protect the wearer against danger and fear. Watermelon tourmaline enhances inspiration, creativity, self-confidence and increases self love. It can even attract love as it brings a renewed sense of happiness and joy.
You can truly taste this gemological wonder with your eyes. It is a delicious slice of nature’s beauty and luckily, watermelon tourmaline can be enjoyed all year round and not just in the summertime.
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