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Wholesale Gemstones -- Tourmaline

Tourmalines can be considered the most exciting gemstone group. Tourmalines come in the greatest range of dazzling hues of all the gemstone species, including bicolor varieties such as the Watermelon Tourmaline, that displays the green of the rind and the pink of the watermelon fruit, all within the stone. Tourmaline was named for the Sinhalese word “toromalli” representing the mixed and multicolored stones found in the gem gravels of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). They are mined throughout the world, including Brazil, the United States, Africa, and Asia. Some of the best known and sought after Tourmaline colors include rich blue greens and green blues, a multitude of shades of pink and red, vivid yellows, and the rare Paraiba hot turquoise gemstone from Brazil. Tourmalines tend to be cut and faceted in a wider array of shapes than most other gemstones, in order to showcase their full color potential. Most typical is an elongated rectangle. Tourmaline crystals are so unique and beautiful that many collectors put more value into the uncut crystal, in the exact form it had been extracted from the earth, instead of choosing to facet the material into jewelry ready stones. The rich and diverse colors of tourmaline are remarkable, and create wonderful opportunities to showcase one of a kind, eye-catching jewelry.


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