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1  Tourmaline Oh baby give me some watermelon in Beads: Discussion and Questions by Jlry-Lv-R on: September 21, 2007 02:00:04 PM

I have had quit a few people ask me lately about tourmaline so I thought I would give you all some information about it. If your a jewelry artist and you are going to use tourmaline. Try and use the highest gemstone quality that you can.

Make sure there are no cracks in the stones as Tourmaline is very fragile at the areas where color change occurs. Below is some basic facts about tourmaline in reference to the different types.

Tourmaline is a very unique mineral that has more varied colors than any other gemstone available. The mineral elbaite is a member of the tourmaline group and is responsible for almost all the gem quality varieties.

There are three other members to this group Dravite,Schorl, and Liddicoatite. These varieties are seldom used as gems for making jewelry. Dravite is brown and seldom clear, Schorl is dark gray or black and has no gem value. Liddicoatite is to rare to be use extensively at this time.

One of my favorite gemstone quality tourmalines is the tri-color variety known as watermelon. Watermelon Tourmaline has green and red hues that are separated by white. It literally looks like a piece of watermelon. It is very beautiful and really distinct pieces are valuable.

I also enjoy the Paraiba variety also known as Neon Tourmaline. this is the only variety that has the mineral copper in it and the stone colors are vibrant blues and greens.

Other forms of  gemstone quality tourmaline are Elbaite (green tourmaline), Indicolite (blue), Paraiba (neon-or blues and greens mixed), Pink, Watermelon and even the beautiful Rubellite variety which is a ruby red color.

Watermelon Tourmaline: Tourmaline derives its name from the Sinhalese word tura mali (stone of mixed colors). The early Egyptians used to call it the rainbow stone. 

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2  Hand Beaded Chokers (with seed beads) in Beads: Completed Projects by Jlry-Lv-R on: August 09, 2007 09:40:56 AM
I love making chokers for my best friend who has had throat surgery. This is one of the latest chokers that I made for her. Its done with the peyote stitch. The design just came as I beaded its very simple.

I would love to hear your comments or suggestions. Also anyone having any patterns to share please send them to me.

bead on!
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