tourmaline

noun
tour·​ma·​line | \ ˈtu̇r-mə-lən How to pronounce tourmaline (audio) , -ˌlēn \

Definition of tourmaline

: a mineral of variable color that consists of a complex borosilicate and is valued as a gem when transparent and cut

Examples of tourmaline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joyce’s first tea collection was named after her five favorite crystals: quartz, garnet, tourmaline, amethyst, and aquamarine. Joel Cintron, courant.com, "This 30-year-old is creating handcrafted, all-natural tea blends out of her Hartford shop, Ritual Earth Tea," 20 Sep. 2019 There is also a malachite, wood, tourmaline, and diamond bib necklace featuring an expressionistic rendering of Roman maritime pines—a nod to the 1962 Dino Risi movie Il Sorpasso. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Bulgari's Special Jewelry Collection Takes Its Cue from Classic Films," 26 Aug. 2019 Pyrite from Colorado, thundereggs from Oregon and black tourmaline from Mexico are piled in the upturned lids of cardboard document boxes. Eric Ducker, Los Angeles Times, "At the Mujeres Market, women, queer and trans people of color find a safe space to sell their products," 14 Sep. 2019 Here: the Magnitude necklace with 107-plus carats of Mozambique ruby beads mixed with cabochon rubies, watercolor tourmalines, turquoise amazonites, onyx, and diamonds. Vogue, "Haute Couture Jewelry Report: A New Generation Alights," 9 July 2019 There’s no proof that rose quartz really brings love, or that citrine generates energy, or that tourmaline can banish negativity. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Crystals’ Resurgence in the Self-Care Age," 20 Aug. 2019 Her Rachmaninov bracelet, shown here, features diamonds, sapphires, tourmalines, garnets, tsavorites, spinel, and ruby in some 20 iterations—for a total of 1,361 stones in all. Vogue, "Haute Couture Jewelry Report: A New Generation Alights," 9 July 2019 Asymmetrical earrings, chokers and double- and triple-finger rings are key to the collection; the latter is seen here in 18-karat white gold, embellished with diamonds, sapphires, Paraiba tourmalines and emeralds. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Latest Red Carpet-Ready Looks From Paris High-Jewelry Collections," 8 July 2019 Fabio recommends tourmaline or ceramic plates to resist damage for those of us with butter fingers and find our hair tools (and iPhones) on the floor more than in our hands. Simedar Jackson, Marie Claire, "Do Hair Straighteners Have an "Expiration Date"?," 9 Apr. 2015

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First Known Use of tourmaline

1759, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tourmaline

Sinhalese toramalli carnelian

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“Tourmaline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tourmaline. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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