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The name tourmaline comes from the Singhalese words ‘tura mali’.  In translation, this means something like ‘stone with mixed colors’, referring to the color spectrum of this gemstone.Black tourmaline (schorl) is the most common variety, but there are also other varieties, such as the blue (indicolite), red (rubellite),  green, brown, and white. The red and green varieties when transparent are valued as jewels.  The green tourmaline has been increasing in popularity in recent years.Multi-colored and bi-colored tourmaline crystals are fairly common. Crystals may be green at one end and pink at the other, or green on the outside and pink inside: this type is called watermelon tourmaline. Some forms of tourmaline are dichroic, which means that when they are viewed from different directions, they change color.According to an old Egyptian legend, the tourmaline, on its long journey from the centre of the Earth, passed over a rainbow.  That is what gave this stone its variety of colors.Tourmaline is the gemstone of love and friendship. It is said to render them firm and long-lasting.Tourmaline is found almost all over the world. There have been finds in Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Brazil, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Afghanistan, Pakistan,  and South and south-west Africa.   California and Maine in the United States are also sources for tourmaline.