Etsy Blogger's blog carnival for March

I'm hosting this month's blog carnival for the wonderful group I belong to: Etsy Blogger's. Here's the choices I picked for topics.
1. April birthstone: diamond- write about it's history, gem info, whether or not you like them, or if this is your birthstone!
2. April Fool's Day: Do you participate? Tell us about a joke you played on someone, or if one has been played on you. What do you think about this "day"?
3. What is your favorite gemstone and why?
I've picked number 3.
My favorite gemstone is tourmaline. Watermelon is number one, green tourmaline comes in second.
watermelon tourmaline


green tourmaline

Tourmaline is a mineral in the aluminum silicate family. They are said to have great electric and magnetic properties. You may have seen tourmaline listed as an ingredient to cosmetics and beauty products.
They are listed as semi-precious gemstones and are found is a variety of colors: green, pink, red, blue, brown, and black. On the Mohs scale, it is rated for hardness at 7.0-7.5

On the metaphysical side, tourmaline is used for its magnetic properties. It can be used to attract energy, (green) tourmaline can calm and balance the brain. Pink tourmaline has been used to stimulate love or new friends.

I'm not sure what originally attracted me to this gem, but I must say that the colors would be the first thing. I guess I like learning about its properties also.
And if you like meditation and holistic living; tourmaline is associated with the heart chakra. Another reason I like this gem!
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Comments

Alice's Owl said…
Beautiful! I also included watermelon tourmaline and listed it as a complimentary gemstone for the heart chakra, along with green tourmaline.

I am also attracted to this gemstone :-). It is beautiful and the properties are amazing. I have a necklace of black tourmaline that was given to me years ago that is dear to my heart.

It's always interesting to learn more... like the Mohs scale rating :-). Thanks for sharing!

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