tourmaline

noun
tour·​ma·​line | \ˈtu̇r-mə-lən, -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

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Platinum flower power necklace with cabochon paraiba tourmaline center and marquis emerald,sapphire, ruby, and amethyst petals, $2,300. Micaela English, Town & Country, "This Dainty Jewelry Line Is Like A Miniature Garden You Can Wear," 23 Mar. 2015 Black tourmaline, onyx, hematite and smoky quartz are all renowned among believers for their ability to protect, ground, and cleanse. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 In 2015 after giving birth to her daughter Princess Charlotte, Kate received a pair of special edition green tourmaline, green amethyst, and diamond earrings designed by one of her favorite British jewelry designers, Kiki McDonough. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton's Citrine Ring Might Not Be a Push Present from Prince William After All," 1 Aug. 2018 The 18kt pink gold bracelet is surrounded by a spectacular array of diamonds, pink tourmalines, and bright blue turquoise. Stephen Watson, Town & Country, "The ABCs of Baselworld," 19 Mar. 2014 Available in 11 shades, this foundation also contains a natural gemstone called tourmaline to provide brilliance, pearl powder, and nourishing camellia leaf extract. Wendy Gould, Allure, "The 9 Best Powder Foundations to Thwart Summer Sweat," 3 July 2018 There’s power behind pairing different gemstones, too: Novick explains how pink and green tourmaline complement each other and coordinate with the Heart Chakra. Laura Lajiness, Glamour, "The Best Jewelry for Your Birthstone," 26 Jan. 2018 And cobalt and copper mines in the country’s Katanga region are rich in minerals like tourmaline, amethyst, citrine, blue and smoky quartz—all coveted by healing crystal sellers. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Do You Know Where Your Healing Crystals Come From?," 11 May 2018 Don your fox fur, snake skin, eagle feathers, gold, silver and tourmaline. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Phoenix local music picks for May: Hogjaw, Technicolors, the Woodworks, Intent, Sunday at Noon," 3 May 2018

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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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