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An In-Depth Look at Watermelon Tourmaline

June 11, 2021 @ 09:35

Watermelon tourmaline stands out from other gemstones because of its [color. The stone has a pink center surrounded by white and green layers. However, the bright zones could form at the edges, raising questions of whether the stone is watermelon or just a bi-colored tourmaline. Another selling point is durability. With a 7-7.5 Mohs rating, this stone accommodates many different jewelry types and cuts. Tourmalines occur when volcanoes produce magma. As it cools, the magma forms cracks that hold water and minerals like lithium and iron. The solution then crystallizes into tourmalines and other gemstones. A gem’s color depends on its trace elements. For instance, chromium forms greens, while magnesium creates reds, browns, and pinks. The watermelon appearance is a result of trace element changes during the stone’s growth.

Watermelon Tourmaline Buying Guide

Ordinarily, designers cut tourmalines into slices for the watermelon effect. The pieces come in rounded triangular shapes with rough edges and polished fronts and backs. However, the stone could come as beads or cabochons (a round dome with a flat back). 

The most valuable tourmaline slices feature complete rings in two green shades surrounding a pink core. This variety is often called true watermelon tourmaline. Other types display less intense shades and partial rings; the gems are either transparent or opaque. Although transparent stones fetch higher prices, opaque gems with bright pink cores and intact rings are just as valuable. In most cases, the stone has inclusions that are mistaken for flaws.

Spiritual Properties of Watermelon Tourmaline

Watermelon tourmaline awakens the heart chakra, cleansing your heart of impediments that prevent you from experiencing a fullness of love, forgiveness, and empathy. The crystal is also believed to solve relationship issues, especially those related to peace and happiness. It helps you become more patient and understanding, developing divine joy. 

Some say that watermelon tourmaline also has powerful healing properties. Tourmaline is believed to boost immunity to combat hyperactivity and heart disorders. Moreover, you can place the stone on injured body parts to ease pain and accelerate recovery. The crystal may also enhance hand-eye coordination and spinal adjustment. Of course, any healing properties are best served when combined with a doctor's recommended care. Tourmaline is also compatible with other stones. For example, you can merge it with howlite and rainbow quartz to promote creativity. Pairing it with bridge crystal or dioptase could help ease emotional trauma.

Tourmaline’s grounding properties make it perfect for meditation. Put the stone above your heart space, shut your eyes, and release yourself to tourmaline’s healing aura. You might experience an overwhelming calmness throughout your body as the heart slows its normal rapid pace. Furthermore, you can put it under your pillow for better sleep.

Care Instructions for Your Tourmaline Jewelry

Although it’s a tough stone, wearing watermelon tourmaline during physically demanding tasks such as gardening exposes it to impact. Cleaning agents like ammonium fluoride could also erode the gem. Instead, use soft fabrics, mild soap, and warm water. Avoid hot water and jewelry steam cleaners to preserve color. Rather than subjecting your stone to electric hair dryers or the hot sun, air dry your jewelry or use a soft cloth. Sudden temperature changes might damage the stone or setting. Store your tourmaline jewelry in a soft cloth to prevent scratching. 

Are you in the market for rare watermelon tourmaline jewelry? Trust a certified local jeweler to help you locate the perfect gem for you. We also offer cleaning, professional appraisals, and resale services. Contact us to learn more.