Description: Tourmaline is a hard gemstone that comes in a variety of colors. The black variety contains the most iron, accounting for both the color and the stone’s reputation as the best all-around protective energy magnet around. Long, slender crystals form in parallel lines, roughly shiny and a good material for prismatic pendants and other jewelry that showcases its natural texture. This variety of tourmaline is also known as schorl. When heated or rubbed, it can become electrically charged.
Metaphysical uses: Black tourmaline is a protective stone, absorbing negative energy and promoting spiritual calm and overall balance. Its use goes back some time, for everything from preventing illness in the middle ages to the more modern application of protecting modern people from stray electricity. Black tourmaline is associated with the base chakra, and hence is excellent for grounding.