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Tourmaline: Tourmaline is found
in a wide range of colors from vivid
pinks to verdant greens to
Caribbean blue. Tourmaline is dichroic which means that a single gemstone displays two colors.
Tourmaline is the alternate
Tourmalines are mined in Brazil, Afghanistan, East Africa, and the United States. Tourmaline rates 7 to 7
1/2 on the Mohs scale of hardness.
Enhancements: Although cutting
is the most basic enhancement method necessary to display the beauty of a gemstone, there are many fascinating
methods by which man has demonstrated his ability to draw maximum color, luster, clarity and brilliance from
natures earthbound treasures. A basic understanding of these enhancement techniques will add to your appreciation
of the beauty, durability and value of the
gemstone jewelry you already own,
or plan to purchase in the future. Dark blue,
blue-green , and
are occasionally heated to lighten their color. Red
rubellite) and pink varieties
are often heated or irradiated to permanently improve their colors. You can assume that the green and seafoam
tourmalines sold at MyJewelrySource have been heated unless stated otherwise. The Nigerian pink tourmalines at
MyJewelrySource have not been heated and other varieties of pink may have been heated.
Tourmaline care: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner. Avoid sudden temperature changes, steaming and contact with
cosmetics, hairspray, perfume or household chemicals. Your
tourmaline jewelry may be
cleaned with a soft-bristled brush or a cloth with plain or soapy water.