October is a month full of color in Michigan, and the birthstone is Opal, which seems fitting with its kaleidoscopic of colors and glints of rainbow flecks.
As you may know, I like to explore the what is “not so known” about each birthstone. Since Pink Tourmaline is also an October birthstone, I have found Black Tourmaline to be much more intriguing.
In a village in Saxony, Germany called Zschorlau or “Schorl”, ancient magicians used Black Tourmaline, known as Schorl, to protect them from evil in their spiritual rituals. Nearby there was a tin mine where black tourmaline was found. I find it amazing that in other parts of the world, Native Americans and African shamans included black tourmaline in rituals as protection against negative spells or curses as well.
Black tourmaline is an electric stone. “Scientists worldwide have long been intrigued by the unique electrical and magnetic properties of tourmaline. American statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin, possessed at least one tourmaline stone and is said to have used it in his experiments (he invented the lightening rod). In Europe in 1880, Pierre Curie and his brother Jacques, a mineralogist, discovered that tourmaline carries a weak electric charge when it is heated (pyroelectricity) or when pressure is applied to its surface (piezoelectricity). Later, research in Japan confirmed that tourmaline carries a faint but constant electric charge of 0.06mA, which is why tourmaline continues to be known as the electric stone, especially in Asia. Japanese researchers also found that no matter how small tourmaline is ground or crushed, it is still capable of conveying an electric current.”
I hope you learned something new about the October birthstones.
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