Black Tourmaline (a-503)



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Also known as Schorl, Black Tourmaline is the most common member of the highly sought after tourmaline family (making up nearly 95% of all the tourmaline on the planet!). Originally found in the tin mines of the Saxony Ore Mountains in Germany, Black Tourmaline is in mining records dated as far back as the 1400’s. Possessing a property known as pyroelectricity, black tourmaline has the ability to produce a small temporary voltage when heated or cooled and has a naturally occurring large electrical field around it. This phenomenon inherent to all tourmalines has been known to ancient cultures in India and Sri Lanka for far longer than records show. This was originally discovered when tourmalines placed near a fire would attract the hot ashes shortly before repelling them. Many centuries later this strange occurrence was proven to be due to the tourmaline heating up and producing it’s own electrical charge!"

You will receive the exact specimen in the photographs above.