Tourmaline is the most colourful of all gemstones and occurs in all colours, but pink, red, green, blue and multicolored are its most well-known colours with blue (Indicolite) being one of the rarer colours.
Liddicoatite tourmaline is a calcium-rich lithium tourmaline, typically exhibiting extraordinarily beautiful geometrically patterned colour zoning usually in the form of triangles or the “Mercedes” star shape.
Scientifically though , tourmaline is not a single mineral, but a group of minerals related in their physical and chemical properties. The mineral Elbaite is the member of the Tourmaline group that is responsible for almost all the gem varieties. Three other members of the group - Schorl, Dravite and Liddicoatite, are seldom used as gemstones.
Tanzanite was first discovered in Tanzania, East Africa and is part of the Zoisite mineral species and is only found in East Africa.
Legend says it was Masai cattle herders that first noticed Tanzanite some 30 years ago after a fire caused by lightening burned areas in Tanzania. The herders noticed that brown zoiscite crystals had turned a deep blue-purple due to the heat from the fire.
While Tanzanite is often a blue colour when first mined it is very rarely a pure blue and usually exhibits rich purple overtones. It can also be brown and is routinely heat treated to permanently draw out its exotic bluish-purple colour.
Sugilite, first discovery in 1944, is named for the Japanese geologist who discovered the first specimens, Ken-ichi Sugi. It is also known as ‘Royal Lavulite’ and ‘Royal Azel’.
It is opaque with a waxy luster and ranges from a pale grayish lavender to a deep dark purple, often with a black matrix, and reddish brown or yellowish blotches.
Sugilite is considered one of the most important love stones. It represents spiritual love and wisdom and an opening and aligning of all the chakras to love with its beautiful purple rays. This loving stone teaches and protects in matters of spiritual quests, love, and forgiveness.
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