Watermelon Tourmaline Jewelry By Natalie Lambert
Tourmaline leaves a colorful legacy of romance, royalty and power. As early as the 1700's, Tourmaline has been one of the most intriguing gems in history.
Tourmaline derives it's name from the Sinhalese (Sri Lankan) word “tourmali,” which means “mixed colors.
Watermelon Tourmaline Jewelry is increasing in value and popularity, due to the fact that it cannot be mass produced and no two stones are exactly identical. This adds to the rarity of each unique Tourmaline design.
Tourmaline is the Birthstone for October and the 8th Anniversary Gemstone.
The last Empress of China, Dowager Tzu Hsi (1860-1908), favored Tourmaline above all other gemstones and was so fascinated by it's beauty and color that she had over a ton of these precious stones in her private collection.
Tourmaline has the capabilities of creating two or more intense and highly contrasting colors in the same stone making Tourmaline the ideal gemstone for rare, one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Tourmaline is one of the most diversely colored of all gems and minerals. Tourmaline is a relatively hard (7.0 Mohs' hardness) gemstone and the term "Watermelon Tourmaline" is derived from the property of having a green outer "skin" and a deep, reddish pink "core."
Tourmaline is a highly valued Collectors Gemstone and is mined in many parts of the world including (Minas Gerais) Brazil, Afghanistan, East Africa and the United States.
Jewelry Designer Natalie Lambert finds inspiration by hand-selecting each Watermelon Tourmaline stone.