Sweet & Juicy Watermelon Tourmaline

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Watermelon tourmalines classically mimic the fruit, with their juicy fruit and rind; bright pink in the middle, green on the outside. However, they come in so many different colours, representing the full spectrum of tourmaline’s impressive colour range. In fact tourmaline’s original name was ‘turamali’ which means ‘mixed colours’. It’s quite simply one of my favourite stones, but maybe not the easiest to set; it’s not always easy to find pairs and the profiles are often very uneven and bockety.

Tourmaline grows in pegmatites – veins that run through rocks created by molten magma from volcanoes. As the magma cools, cracks form which fill with a solution of water and minerals such as iron, lithium or manganese. Over thousands of years, these turn into tourmaline crystals, and it is depending on which of these minerals is present that determines the colour. So how do you end up with more than one colour in the same stone? This happens when the trace elements change in concentration or composition during a crystal’s growth. This can result in a core of one colour and bands of different colours, or zones across the length of the crystal. A single tourmaline crystal can contain up to 15 different colours. Tourmaline is the birthstone for October and I always think that is so lucky, as you have such a huge choice of colours. It is said to be particularly beneficial to artists and those in creative fields.

Watermelon tourmaline lends itself wonderfully to carvings – in particular butterfly wings and leaves look great, but arguably the best way to display it is quite simply, in slices, to show off its saturated juiciness to full effect. Although it can be prong-set, I love to see these slices in bezels. I always think of India Mahon as the absolute queen of tourmaline, and I also especially love Sarah Walker’s classic settings below. I haven’t seen slices set like this very often and I really like it. Links and titles on each photo.

India Mahon India Earrings, $4360
India Mahon India Earrings, $4425
Leda Jewel Company Indicolite Blue Tourmaline Crystal Slice Bracelet, $1,100
Leda Jewel Company Indicolite Blue Tourmaline Crystal Slice Bracelet, $1,100
Leda Jewel Company Rubellite Earrings with watermelon tourmaline drops
Leda Jewel Company Rubelite Earrings With Watermelon Tourmaline Drops, $2,200
mimichaJAPAN Asymmetrical starburst blue and pink watermelon tourmaline stud earrings, $336
mimichaJAPAN Asymmetrical starburst blue and pink watermelon tourmaline stud earrings, $336
mimichaJAPAN starburst watermelon tourmaline dangle earrings with gold granules, $289
mimichaJAPAN starburst watermelon tourmaline dangle earrings with gold granules, $289
moustier tourmaline butterfly and diamond ring
Moustier Jewelry Tourmaline Butterfly & Diamond Ring, $1,100

moustier tourmaline pendant with tsavorites

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Sarah Walker Jewelry Watermelon Tourmaline Joy Earrings, $255
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Sarah Walker Watermelon Tourmaline Joy Necklace 1, $145

I have a range of quality watermelon tourmaline slices, to take a look, click here

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About Julia Aufenast

I am a Hong Kong based professional gemstone supplier and GIA graduate gemologist. I specialise in rose cut cabochons as well as standard cabochons, and I have a carefully nurtured reputation for high quality. Currently I carry mainly semi-precious stones and I also have a range of pearls in white and natural colours; strings and half-drilled, round and keshi. This blog is attached to my website - www.joopygems.com - and is where you'll find information about new arrivals in my shop, discounts and offers, as well as an opportunity to leave comments and feedback.

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