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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Bi-colour beauties

Joopy Gems bi-colour tourmaline header

Alot of people were interested in these: calibrated bi-colour tourmaline rounds, ovals and pears. It’s taken me so long to get them listed, and I wanted to have them listed in time for my sale but I didn’t quite, so I’ve extended the sale. If you like these, you can get them on a 25% discount until Wednesday midnight 29th November. The rounds come in 4mm, 5mm, 6mm and 7mm and the pears and ovals in 3x4mm, 6x4mm and 7x5mm. They are all priced according to weight and how good the colour is. To browse the entire collection, click here. Coupon code FIREGEM25 will get you 25% off until midnight, Wednesday 29th November EST.

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Tourmaline De-Stash

Joopy Gems Tourmaline De-stash sign

My de-stash sale continues, this time with a focus on tourmaline baguettes and bi- and parti-colour mixes. Up to 35% discount, and these are normal stock items, no seconds. I’ve got a lot of new tourmaline stock coming in November and I’m keen to clear out the old. Keep your eyes out over the next few days as I add more items to this section! Items are mostly only available in the Hong Kong store, but I have a free-shipping coupon running until the end of the month to make things easier:  O17FS1

To shop the tourmaline de-stash sale, click here!

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