This faceted multi-colored tourmaline choker is a must-have.
This necklace measures 14 inches in length.
You can view other Tourmaline jewelry items here, or Sterling Silver items here.
Tourmaline's name is derived from the Sinhalese (Sri Lankan) word tura mali, meaning "stone of mixed colors." Indeed, tourmaline appears in blue, yellow, pink, red, black, green and clear.
Tourmaline boasts a number of rather amazing physical characteristics. For one, it is piezoelectric; this means heating, rubbing or pressurizing the crystal gives it an electric charge, attracting small objects such as hair or small pieces of paper. Because of this property, tourmaline has been employed in depth-sounding devices and other tools that detect and measure variations in pressure. It also is pleochroic, looking darker from some angles than from others.
Tourmaline has been used as a gem for more than 2,000 years. An ancient Egyptian legend attempts to explain the beautiful array of colors in this gemstone: on the long journey from the middle of the earth up toward the sun, the tourmaline traveled along a rainbow. On the way, it collected all the colors of the rainbow, which is why it came to be known as "the rainbow gemstone." In medieval times, tourmaline was thought to heal physical and mental disorders, and prevent death. Today, many say tourmaline induces a tranquil sleep, and according to legend, it protects the wearer against many dangers and misfortunes.
Maine's official state gemstone, Tourmaline is mined around the world but has important occurrences in Brazil, Sri Lanka and southern Africa. Other sources include Pakistan, Afghanistan, the U.S.A. (Maine and Utah), Mexico and Myanmar.
Sterling silver is a white, highly reflective precious metal composed of 925 parts of pure silver and 75 parts alloy, usually copper. Copper provides the silver with sufficient hardness and wearing qualities, as pure silver is sometimes considered too soft to be used or worn everyday.
At times, we oxidize or "antique" our finished sterling pieces to blacken the recessed areas, and then rub the rest of the piece to a high white shine. Oxidizing can give a piece of jewelry wonderful depth and rustic feel.