Post by Trade Forum on Jul 16, 2022 1:37:07 GMT 1
There is no gemstone dealer in Nigeria that does not know about tourmaline. But how do you monetize your idea of the gemstone?
Tourmaline is the name given to a large group of boron silicate minerals. These minerals share a common crystal structure and similar physical properties. However they vary tremendously in chemical composition.
The wide range of compositions and color zoning within crystals causes tourmaline to occur in more colors and color combinations than any other mineral group.
Tourmaline is one of the world's most popular gemstones and it serves as a birthstone for the month of October. Because of its popularity, tourmaline is found easily in jewelry stores. Well-formed tourmaline crystals are also valued by mineral specimen collectors. Specimens with attractive colors and crystal forms can sell for thousands of dollars in most gemstone markets.
The most popular of all the gemstones in Nigeria is the Paraiba tourmaline.
This gemstone is deposited at Ogun, Kano, Oyo, Nasarawa, Ondo, and Kaduna states.As stated earlier, tourmaline leads in the list of most popular types of gemstones in Nigeria.This is because it is found in abundance, comes in many colors and it is readily available for buyers.The colors of tourmaline include blue, white, green, pink, watermelon, red and lots more.Tourmaline can be found in many locations in many states like in Oro, Lemo, Ora and Ndeji all in Kwara State.Also, they can be found in Saura, Gidan Kadiri, Keffi, Garaku, Anngwan Mayo, Anngwan Lele, Anngwan Doka, Anngwan Tudu etc, all in Nasarawa State.Certain regions such as Itasa, Komu, Budo Are, Idoko, and more in Oyo State have tourmaline deposits.When it comes to Kaduna State, tourmaline can be found in places like Gidan Waya, Kagarko, and lots more.Other states with tourmaline deposits include Osun State, Kogi state, Bauchi state, and Taraba states among others.
Tourmaline is surely in abundance in Nigeria. If well harmonized, the country and its citizens can make quite a lot of money mining and selling these gemstones.
The Meaning and History of Tourmaline
Tourmaline is the alternate birthstone for October, along with the Opal. The stone was first discovered by Dutch traders off the West Coast of Italy in the late 1600's or early 1700's.
The name tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese term "turmali," this was the name given to all colored crystals on the island of Sri Lanka at that time. This all inclusive name indicates the inability of ancient gem dealers to differentiate tourmaline from other stones.
In fact, at one time in history, pink and red tourmalines were thought to be rubies. Pink tourmaline tends to be pinker in color than ruby. However, their similarities in appearance are so strong that the stones in the Russian crown jewels believed to be rubies for centuries, are now thought to be tourmalines.
For centuries, various cultures have had different beliefs about what virtues the tourmaline can bring to the wearer.
In 18th Century literature, Barbara Walker cites references, which considered this stone to be helpful to artists, authors, actors and those in creative fields.
In the same century, a Dutch scientist claimed that a tourmaline wrapped in silk and placed against the cheek of a feverish child would induce sleep.
In Africa, tourmaline was once used as a stone to awaken one from "the dream of illusion."
Ancient ceremonies in India included the use of the gemstone as a tool to bring insight and help in the discovery of that which is good.
It would also serve to make known who or what was the cause of troubles or evil deeds.
The gem was also highly valued by alchemists who, perhaps because of its pyro electric effect, believed it to be related to the philosopher's stone.
This was said to be the substance that would grant enlightenment, give power over spiritual affairs, reconcile opposites and change base metals to gold.
In modern times, the stone is used by tribes in Africa, Native Americans, and aboriginal groups in Australia as a talisman that protects against all dangers.
What is the hardness or Mohs scale for Tourmaline? How durable is it?
It has a rating of 7-7.5. The higher the Mohs value, the harder the stone. With this level, Tourmaline is durable and can be worn in rings, pendants, bracelets and earrings with very few issues.
Prices of tourmalines are generally under $500 per carat but in the case of Paraiba can reach $50,000 per carat in the international market.
All cases about the spiritual aspect of the gem must be individually verified as any information given here on any aspect of spirituality is for information purposes only.
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