A rainbow from nature.
Almost every gemstone that can be processed as a piece of jewellery is particularly appealing because of its enchanting colour. Rubies, for example, are classically associated with red tones, while emeralds usually shine in green.
But exceptions prove the rule. In the unique world of gemology, there exists a stone that comes in over 100 different shades.
So that you don’t run the risk of getting lost in the “maelstrom of colour diversity”, this page will tell you all the important facts about the so-called “chameleon gemstone”.
So join us on the journey through the colours of the rainbow.
Due to its extremely varied colour appearance, tourmaline is a small mystery not only for gemstone lovers but also for researchers. Similar to the topaz, the polychrome beauty belongs to the silicate minerals, more precisely to the ring silicates, and thus it represents one of the most complex rock-forming mineral groups.
As with many other gemstones, the history of tourmaline begins quite early. According to a legend from ancient Egypt, tourmaline travelled over a rainbow on its long journey from the earth’s interior up to the sun. In the process, it supposedly absorbed all the colours of the rainbow – and that is why it shines in so many different colour variations.
Of course, such traditions should not be regarded as traditional truth, but it is always astonishing how long these treasures have inspired mankind. Even the Italian scholar Bernardus Caesius, in his description of the jewel, was carried away to the euphoric assessment that the tourmaline was “a symbol of wisdom, remarkably clear and resistant to all the wrongs of fate”.