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Metaphysical guide of Tourmaline, Physical properties of Tourmaline
TOURMALINE, BLACK (SCHORL)
Category: Silicate mineral group
Chemical formula: (Ca,K,Na,)(Al,Fe,Li,Mg,Mn)3(Al,Cr, Fe,V)6
(BO3)3(Si, Al, B)6O18(OH, F)4
Color: Most commonly black, but can range from brown, violet, green, pink, or in a dual-colored pink and green.
Crystal habit: Parallel and elongated. Acicular prisms, sometimes radiating. Massive. Scattered grains (in granite).
Crystal system: Trigonal
Fracture: Uneven, small conchoidal, brittle
Mohs scale hardness: 7-7.5
Luster: Vitreous, sometimes resinous
Specific gravity: 3.06 (+.20 -.06)
Polish luster: Vitreous
Optical properties: Double refractive, uniaxial negative
Refractive: index nù=1.635-1.675, nå=1.610-1.650
Birefringence: -0.018 to -0.040; typically about .020 but in dark stones it may reach .040
Pleochroism: typically moderate to strong
Red Tourmaline: Definite; dark red, light red
Green Tourmaline: Strong; dark green, yellow-green
Brown Tourmaline: Definite; dark brown, light brown
Blue Tourmaline: Strong; dark blue, light blue
Ultraviolet fluorescence: pink stones-inert to very weak red to violet in long and short wave
Absorption spectra: a strong narrow band at 498nm, and almost complete absorption of red down to 640nm in blue and green stones; red and pink stones show lines at 458 and 451nm as well as broadband in the green spectrum
Location: Worldwide including Brazil, Germany, Madagascar, Namibia, Russia, UK, and the USA
Fun Fact: Other members of the Tourmaline Group include Elbaite, Uvite, Buergerite, and Dravite.
Primary Chakra: All
Astrological sign(s): Capricorn
Vibration: Number 3 & 4
A popular metaphysical stone, Black Tourmaline is also great for grounding. It balances, harmonizes, and protects all of the Chakras. Use Black Tourmaline to protect against electromagnetic “smog” (i.e. cell phones, computers, etc), radiation, noise sensitivity and other such disturbances. Black Tourmaline can be used as an aid to remove fear and boost self-confidence.
Black Tourmaline has a calming effect when needed, grounding flighty or scattered energies into the earth. Those who face challenges from negativity, frequent worrying, and/or OCD can work with Black Tourmaline to help heal these issues. Carry a piece of Black Tourmaline in your pocket to increase physical vitality throughout your day. Meditation with Black Tourmaline can enhance the integration of insights and visions into one’s daily life.
PINK RUBY TOURMALINE
Pink Tourmaline, also called Rubellite, can remind you that you must love yourself, to be able to truly love another. Protective Pink Tourmaline is said to attract friendship and promote sympathy for others. Pink Tourmaline brings cognitive awareness and experience of Universal Love. It is a very positive crystal and is supportive of those who work with it, bringing strength during any trials in one’s life. It has balancing properties that help one to move away from extremes, and into more equitable emotional and intellectual perspectives. Pink Tourmaline opens and brings a higher vibration to the Heart Chakra. Sensitive types enjoy Pink Tourmaline for its loving way of enveloping one in unconditional love.
Physically, use Pink Tourmaline to ease spinal injuries, migraines and general aches and pains; it is helpful for the regulation of the menstrual cycle and helps both girls and boys who are entering puberty.
All Tourmaline has the physical property of being pyroelectric, meaning that it can develop opposite charges at opposite ends of the crystal, when heated or cooled, creating a kind of static-electricity effect. Tourmalines are well-known in metaphysical circles as wonderful crystals for healing and protection. They are excellent for balancing the hemispheres of the brain, clearing away blockages, and transmuting negative energies.
Physical guide of Pink Ruby Tourmaline:
Crystal System: Trigonal Crystal System
Chemical Composition: Na(Li, Al)3Al6Si6O18(BO3)3_(OH)4_ _Sodium_Lithium_Aluminum_Boro Silicate_Hydroxide
Astrological Sign: Libra (September 23 to October 22)
Numerical Vibration: Number 9, Number 99
Hardness: 7 to 7.5 Hardness
Location: Brazil, Spain, Madagascar
Metaphysical guide of Tourmaline:
Primary Chakra: Heart Chakra
Secondary Chakra: Root Chakra
Common conditions (emotional): eases depression, fear, love, panic attacks, peace and peacefulness, relaxation, removes energy blockages, self-care, self-confidence and self-worth.
Common conditions (physical): eating disorders, headache and migraine relief, hysterectomy, physical or mental abuse, reproductive organs, reproductive organs uterus, spinal injuries.
Metaphysical guide of Yellow Jasper, Physical properties of Yellow Jasper
Jasper, a form of chalcedony, is an opaque, impure variety of silica, usually red, yellow, brown or green in color. Blue is rare. This mineral breaks with a smooth surface and is used for ornamentation or as a gemstone. It can be highly polished and is used for vases, seals, and at one time for snuff boxes. When the colors are in stripes or bands, it is called striped or banded jasper. Jaspilite is a banded iron formation rock that often has distinctive bands of jasper. Jasper is basically chert which owes its red color to iron (III) inclusions. The specific gravity of jasper is typically 2.5 to 2.9. The jasper is also a stone in the Jewish High Priest’s breastplate, described in Exodus 28.
Physical properties of Yellow Jasper:
Stone Type/Family: Member of the Chalcedony clan, Quartz family, Silicates Class
Crystal System: Trigonal
Chemical Composition: (SiO2) Silicon Dioxide with inclusions
Hardness: 7Color: Various shades of yellow to a mustard brown
Fun Fact: Earth colored Jaspers are revered among indigenous societies as representing Mother Earth and our interconnectedness with her.
Metaphysical guide of Yellow Jasper:
Detoxify, Protection, Connection to Mother EarthPrimary Chakra: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus
Astrological sign(s): Leo
Vibration: Number 6 Yellow Jasper aids and protects during all types of spiritual work. It is a companion stone, helping to guide you through these earth experiences and to keep you moving on your life path.
Yellow Jasper is a wonderful stone to utilize as it will protect and clear the body of environmental toxins and impurities. If you or someone you love is clumsy or accident prone, a gift of Yellow Jasper will help to ease these issues. Carry Yellow Jasper when you need a boost of positive energy to infuse the body, mind, and soul.
Yellow Jasper, like all Jaspers, is a supportive stone that helps people living or working in close proximity to respect and help each other. This stone can facilitate strength, courage, and vitality in many areas of one’s life. Working with the lower chakras, Jaspers have a grounding and balancing energy, which helps one to maintain a realistic attitude during any personal evolution. Jasper is a slow-working stone that takes its time to ingrain its positive qualities into any situation.
Physically, Yellow Jasper can be used to help cleanse and detoxify the internal organs, including the liver, gall bladder, and intestines. Yellow Jasper also helps to strengthen the immune system, relieve nausea and indigestion. Yellow Jasper can also be beneficial to work with if chronic back pain is an issue. As with all Jaspers, Yellow Jasper will also help to absorb pain.
In general, Jasper is known as the “supreme nurturer”. It sustains and supports during times of stress, and brings tranquility and wholeness. Used in healing, Jasper unifies all aspects of your life. Jasper reminds people to help each other.
Metaphysical guide of Zebradorite, Physical properties of Zebradorite
ZEBRADORITE is graphic quartz. Rural miners in Madagascar came across this variety of Feldspar which they called (in French and Malagasy) “Feldspath”.