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Garnet in Black Tourmaline Sphere 4.9cm
Garnet in Black Tourmaline crystals for sale from India.
This gorgeous Garnet in Black Tourmaline Sphere measuring 4.9cm in diameter is a stunning black crystal with striking circular red Garnet inclusions.
Consisting of both Red Garnet and Black Tourmaline, the contrast in colours of the two minerals is beautiful to behold.
When exposed to sunlight, the Garnet inclusions are magnificent in all their shimmering, shining glory, sometimes displaying sparkling, twinkling ruby-red and gemmy pink-purple flecks amongst the wine-red hues.
This piece also displays some small, shining gold flecks of Pyrite.
Please note: this piece displays some small natural pits on its otherwise smooth, polished surface.
What Is Garnet In Black Tourmaline Made Of?
Garnet in Black Tourmaline is composed of a Black Tourmaline matrix with red Garnet inclusions.
What Is Black Tourmaline Made Of?
Tourmaline is a boron silicate mineral that contains traces of iron, magnesium and titanium, which scientists speculate are the cause of its signature black colour.
This mineral is incredibly versatile, and can occur in many colours such as greens, pinks, and reds (which is called rubellite).
Black Tourmaline, also referred to as Schorl, can be found as needles included in Clear Quartz, which creates Tourmalinated Quartz/ Tourmaline in Quartz.
What Is Garnet Made Of?
Garnets are a group of silicate minerals including the Almandine Garnet and Pyrope Garnet varieties.
Almandine (also known as Almandite) is an Iron Aluminium Garnet mineral showcasing a deep red colour and this colour can sometimes verge towards purple, whereas Pyrope Garnet contains more magnesium compared to Almandine Garnet's high iron content.
Pyrope Garnet's name is derived from the Greek word "puropus", which means "fire-eyed", in referenced to the shimmering, fiery colours of Pyrope Garnet.
The colour of Garnet is often compared to the colour of Rubies, and for this reason, Garnet is sometimes referred to as Almandine Ruby.
Where Does Garnet In Black Tourmaline Come From?
This Garnet in Black Tourmaline crystal was sourced from Orissa/ Odisha in the Bay of Bengal, India.
Garnet And Black Tourmaline History
Garnet and Black Tourmaline are both very popular stones with long, storied histories: together in one stone, they represent both the ancient and the modern.
Red Garnet is one of the oldest gemstones cut by man, and it was very popular with Roman jewellery makers.
Red gemstones, usually Red Garnets, were historically called carbuncles.
The name 'Garnet' was derived from the Latin word for seeds, and it is thought Garnet was given this name owing to its deep red colour which is similar in shade to the red seeds of Pomegranates.
Black Tourmaline History
Tourmaline has been present in many cultures worldwide for millennia.
Shamans of ancient civilisations, including Native American people, used Tourmaline as a protective talisman to ward off negative energy.
In the 1700s, Tourmaline was regularly shipped to the Netherlands from Sri Lanka under the name "turmali" or "toramalli", a Sinhalese word meaning "something small from the Earth".
"Turmali" was a broad word used to describe many different stones of varying colours, but was most commonly used to describe Zircon.
Eventually, the Dutch realised that this mineral was entirely different to Zircon, and in 1794, it finally was designated as "Tourmaline", with its name derived from the original Sinhalese.
The popularity of Tourmaline exploded in the 1800s, when famed mineralogist George Kunz introduced it to jeweller Tiffany and Co, where it became a highly prized commodity.
The black variety of Tourrmaline also gained a new name, Schorl, after being discovered in tin mines in the German town of the same name (now known as Zschorlau).
Garnet In Black Tourmaline Crystal Healing Properties
Combining the potent, energising properties of Red Garnet and the grounding, stabilising properties of Black Tourmaline, Garnet in Black Tourmaline is an all-round mood-lifter, inducing energy and pleasure in its user as well as a sense of peace and calmness.
Garnet Crystal Healing Properties
Garnet has a warm, fiery energy much like its warm reddish hues: if you are lacking in motivation and energy, Garnet is said to help lift your mood.
Black Tourmaline Crystal Healing Properties
Exhibiting a highly cleansing aura, Black Tourmaline is a stone purported to have powerful calming properties.
Black Tourmaline is most famous for being a stone of protection and safety.
This black semi precious stone is believed to absorb and repel negative energies, and this is what it was famed for in antiquity.
Crystal healers believe that if you hold a piece of Black Tourmaline in your hand and meditate with it, it can be a potent stress reliever.
Garnet In Black Tourmaline Chakras
Garnet in Black Tourmaline is a very powerful Root Chakra Crystal, given the affinity of both Garnet and Black Tourmaline for this chakra.
Like the Ruby, Garnet is deeply associated with the Heart Chakra, and is said to enhance passion and love in one's relationships.
Garnet is also a very grounding stone, and therefore can be used with the Root Chakra to enhance one's connection to the Earth.
Black Tourmaline Chakras
Black Tourmaline is heavily associated with the Root Chakra, like Smoky Quartz.
This stone is said to be very grounding, and to offer security, strength, and protection on both a physical and psychic level.
How Hard Is Garnet In Black Tourmaline?
Measuring 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, this mineral is relatively hard and durable and resistant to scratching, but care should still be taken not to damage the crystal surface.
Garnet In Black Tourmaline Collections
Garnet in Black Tourmaline is an incredibly unique crystal, and would make a stunning addition to any crystal collection.
Black Tourmaline is an October birthstone, and Garnet is the January birthstone and the birthstone for the Aquarius and Capricorn Zodiac signs.
This stone would make a perfect gift for loved ones born in either October or January due to Black Tourmaline and Garnet both being birthstones.
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