All About Black Tourmaline, an amazing stone! February 01 2013

 Feb 1st, 2013

We are so excited to say that we have been approved for a spot in Red Deer's " The Mane Event". April 26 to 28th. So exciting. Perfect place to launch our Equestrian Line of products.

Looking back at the last month we have discovered what is a crystal, crystal identification and crystal classification. Today we are going to start looking at each gemstone in our collections. We will look at their identifying features, how they are classified, their healing attributes, the chakras they are associated with, and where they can be found on our beautiful planet.

Lets start with our BODY COLLECTION. Today we will discover Black tourmaline, also known as schorl.

Classification: according to the Dana System black tourmaline belongs in the silicates family or group. This is the largest group of minerals. There are more silicates on earth than all other minerals put together.
It's chemical formula is NaFe++3Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH)4
Chemical composition:
Sodium 2.18 % Na
Aluminum 15.37 % Al
Iron 15.91 % Fe
Silicon 16.00 %. Si
Boron 3.08 % B
Hydrogen 0.38 % H
Oxygen 47.08 %. O

Identification:
Color: Black, Brownish black, Greenish black, Bluish black.
Streak : Brown
Hardness: 7 to 7.5
Cleavage or fracture: no cleavage
Crystalline structure: Trigonal
Diaphaneity or transparency: Opaque
Tenacity: brittle, so tenacity is fair
Luster: Vitreous
Gravity or Electron Density: Bulk Density (Electron Density)=3.10 gm/cc
note: Specific Gravity of Schorl =3.15 gm/cc.

Chakra association: base chakra.
Common alternate names: schorl, afrisite.
Common sources: Brazil, Pakistan, India, USA
Astrological association: Capricorn

Healing attributes:
Great grounding stone.
A feel better stone.
Good for practicality, creativity, intellect, protection and vitality.
Helps clumsiness.
Protects against radiation.
Realigns the physical body.
Protects against emotional negativity.
Balances and regulates hormonal levels.
Muscle strains and pains.
Skeletal problems.
Prevents the " sponge " effect.

Black tourmaline is one of my favorite stones. Hold one in your hand, put one in your pocket, keep it close everyday. It truly is a " feel good " stone. Most people can actually feel its effects within minutes. In this dimension our treasured pets have become our little sponges. They pick up all our negative stuff. Support them by using Black tourmaline on their collars and in their bed.

Next week we will look at another great gemstone, Smoky Quartz

A special thanks and recognition to all of the great writers in this field.
My information is a compilation of bits and pieces from the many books and online information out there. I am so grateful for all of the insight.*