Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tantalizing Tourmaline

10.54ct Nigerian Bi-Color Tourmaline

This stone makes me weak in the knees. Doesn't it look like there is blood settling in the base? It's just stunning.

Tourmalines are amazing stones. They come in most every color of the rainbow and they do so naturally. Often they are bi-colored, like this one or even tri-colored. However, one of the coolest properties of these amazing stones is that they are strongly pleochroic, meaning a stone that appears to be only one color face-up can appear to be two or more colors, or tones of the same color, depending upon which direction it is viewed. Isn't mother nature amazing?

9 comments:

Onada - Fashion and Photography said...

oh wow this is so gorgeous! I want one now!

carrie1 said...

Have you seen the watermelon one?? I have one of those.. I just need to get it set in a ring.

Belle de Ville said...

I love tourmaline.

Jill said...

I've never seen one quite like this! What a beautiful color combination!

Lucinda said...

You should buy this, you deserve it.

Dobbygirl said...

Totally beautiful!! LOVE!!!

Laura [What I Like] said...

This is utterly stunning...I love how the first thing your brain goes to is blood pooling! But you're absolutely right.

Anita Davis said...

WOW! That is an amazing stone! gorgeous.

The Townhouselady said...

Carrie- The watermelon Tourmalines are really stunning. I was "this close" to buying one but it was between that and an iolite and the iolite had such a nice depth of color and was cut in such a way I just couldn't pass it up.

The good thing is Tourms are pretty tough stones so you could get it set in a ring if you wanted to without worrying too much about it getting damaged if you banged it up some.