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Referred to as the "gemstone of the rainbow," ancient Egyptians believed that when tourmaline journeyed from the center of the earth, it passed over a rainbow and acquired its colors. No other gemstone has the astonishing variety of colors as tourmaline. From blues, greens, pinks, reds, violets, yellows and black, no two tourmalines are alike. Some shift colors as they rotate, some change color according to which light source is present, and some show a pronounced cats eye effect by reflecting light in particular ways. In ancient Arabia, it was called the stone of the sun (or light), because of these colored effects. Scientifically, tourmalines are also a fascination due to their extraodinary electrical properties. If allowed to heat, then cool, tourmalines become electrostatically charged. Additionally, each end of a tourmaline crystal has opposite charges, known as pryo-electricity.

Green tourmaline regulates blood presure, improves digestion, and can strengthen the heart muscle, the nervous system, and the immune system. Black tourmaline can protect against high radiation, and has a positive effect on the nervous system. Blue tourmaline combats water-retention, promotes detoxification, strengthens the immune system, and reduces throat and bronchial infections. Watermelon tourmaline alleviates pain, strengthens the immune system and protects the nerve cells. Tourmaline, in general, also symbolizes wealth, friendship, and love, being an excellent stone for healing damaged relationships.

Astrologically, blue tourmaline is associated with Libra, watermelon tourmaline with Sagittarius, green tourmaline with Capricorn, and pink and red tourmaline with Scorpio.

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