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"Tourmaline was said to have first been discovered either in the late 1600s or in the early 1700s off the West Coast of Italy by Dutch traders. During the time of discovery, the green variety of Tourmaline was confused to be Emeralds, but it was not until the 1800’s when it was discovered that these stones were not Emerald at all but instead their very own species of mineral.
Tourmaline is known to come in a variety of colors but the many different causes within the stones are the reason for the colors. For example, Tourmaline is rich in iron contains colors from black, deep brown to a bluish shade of black. Tourmaline that is rich with magnesium tends to range from brown to yellow, and Tourmaline that is rich with lithium can be almost any color such as pink, red, green, blue, and yellow to name a few, but rarely is this stone ever found to be colorless. Each stone of colored Tourmaline portrays pleochroism, this means that the color of the stone can change depending on the angle it is viewed.
In metaphysical belief, it is believed that Tourmaline possesses the ability for both protection and grounding. The pink variety of Tourmaline is said to be a stone of compassion as well as gentleness, the pink tourmaline is for those who feel the need to heal their heart. Green Tourmaline is believed to promote stamina, virility, as well as strength for both one's physical and emotional well-being. The purple variety of Tourmaline is said to stimulate feelings of relaxation as well aid in the release of emotional attachments."