Jewellery Stories
By Niki Bruce
13 Jan 2020

Top 3 things to know about buying Tourmaline gemstones

Tourmaline gemstones are known for their bright and vibrant colours that have a mesmerising effect and look stunning in a range of fine jewellery designs. Read on to discover the top three things you need to know before you invest in a Tourmaline gemstone.

the jewel box Top 3 things to know about buying Tourmaline gemstones MULTICOLOURED

Tourmaline gemstones come in a wide range of colours and can even have more than one colour in a cut stone. Image: GIA

What is a Tourmaline gemstone? 

Tourmaline is a type of crystalline boron silicate mineral that is compounded with various elements such as iron, aluminium, magnesium, lithium, sodium and/or potassium to create a variety of different colours. Tourmaline is very hard and durable which makes it ideal for making jewellery items. It is a type of semi-precious gemstone that is available in a wide assortment of colours. The traditional variants of Tourmaline gemstones include a pink or red stone called Rubellite, a blue tourmaline stone called Indicolite and the Watermelon Tourmaline which has a fine multicolour combination of red and green. 

the jewel box Top 3 things to know about buying Tourmaline gemstones RUBELLITE NECKLACE

Our Theodora Necklace features a magnificent large Rubellite Tourmaline gemstone.

Other variants of Tourmaline are Dravite, Elbaite, Liddicoatite, Schorl, Paraiba, Siberite and Bi-colour. Schorl, Elbaite, Liddicoatite and Dravite are the variants of Tourmaline that are considered to be the most important by gemologists. Tourmaline has a hexagonal crystal system and it has a hardness reading of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs Scale, making it a good gemstone to be used for jewellery that is worn every day. 

the jewel box Top 3 things to know about buying Tourmaline gemstones WATERMELON

Our Bonbon Watermelon Tourmaline and Gold bracelet makes a stylish statement.

Along with Opal, Tourmaline is the birthstone for people born in the month of October. Tourmaline is believed to be especially fortunate for people who are involved in the creative and imaginative fields. It is also believed to stabilise the energy of the user and bring balance and harmony.  

the jewel box Top 3 things to know about buying Tourmaline gemstones DROP EARRINGS

Our Fiesta Drop Earrings feature a number of colourful Tourmaline gemstones set with diamonds.

Tourmaline stones are usually mined in Tanzania, Bolivia, Northeast Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Greenland, Nigeria, Russia, Burma, India, central Madagascar, Southeast Brazil, Italy, Maine and California. It is common in areas of the world that have a high amount of pegmatite.   

How to choose the best Tourmaline gemstone

  • Rubellite Tourmalines have a pink or red color and they are by far the most valued stones of this type
  • The pastel hues of green Chrome Tourmaline gemstones look extremely attractive and they are often regarded as an alternative for Emeralds and Peridot gemstones.
the jewel box Top 3 things to know about buying Tourmaline gemstones CHROME TOURMALINE

A Chrome Tourmaline gemstone. Image: GIA

  • The best specimens of green Tourmalines are notable for their clean green colour, great transparency and bluish-green hues. These green Tourmalines are also recognisable for their strong pleochroic property; Tourmaline gemstones that display bright green colors in one direction and blue in the other direction are most valued.
  • Paraiba Tourmaline gemstones are some of the finest specimens of Tourmalines and they are commonly available in greenish-blue, green, bluish-green, violet and blue hues.
the jewel box Top 3 things to know about buying Tourmaline gemstones PARAIBA TOURMALINE

An uncut Paraiba Tourmaline gemstone. Image: GIA

What will a good Tourmaline gemstone cost?

Prices for Tourmaline gemstones can vary greatly depending on their quality and variety. The most expensive ones are definitely the Paraiba Tourmaline gemstones that may fetch thousands of dollars for even one carat. The Chrome Tourmaline gemstones, like fine Indicolites, Rubellites and bi-colors can cost as much as around US$1,000 per carat or even more. Some of the other varieties of Tourmaline gemstones can cost from US$50 to US$750 per carat depending on the general richness of their colours.

If you are looking for jewellery featuring Tourmaline gemstones, check out some of our amazing fine jewellery pieces

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