While geologists appreciate tourmaline for its mineral makeup, others believe that the gemstone offers both physical and mental healing properties. In countries from India to Australia, tourmaline has been thought to be able to protect and heal. Metaphysically, it is considered to create strong channels of energy for clearing and purification, as well as offer protection.
One feature that distinguishes tourmaline from other minerals is its three-sided prisms, as well as its vertical striations. This stone grows in a number of colors, ranging from black to blue to pink. Although the differences in colors can be explained by the stone’s mineral compositions, some believe that tourmaline meaning and uses of the different colors can vary from hue to hue. Specific colors of tourmaline are thought to have their own special properties.