Tourmaline is a semi-precious gemstone that can be found in various parts of the world. It is their variety in color that attracts individuals and jewelers. Tourmaline can be found in different colors such as green, pink, blue, or black. In ancient times, legend has it that Tourmaline acquired its colors via rainbow traveling. It is not seen as one singular mineral, but it is scientifically classified as a group of minerals. These minerals are related as far as physical and chemical properties are concerned. One tourmaline that stands out from the rest is the Watermelon Tourmaline.


As far as semi-precious gemstones are concerned, the Watermelon Tourmaline is in a unique class of its own. It is part of the Elbaite group which is responsible for a lot of gem varieties and is also the most colorful of the semi-precious gemstones called Tourmaline. It belongs to the Borosilicates class and the Trigonal crystal system. There are specific characteristics that make the Watermelon Tourmaline unique.

First of all, the Watermelon Tourmaline is endowed with color properties that are reminiscent of the watermelon fruit. However, it is the fact that the three colors occur in the same crystal that makes this gemstone stand out. It has the green pigment that parallels the outer skin of a watermelon. It has the pink color that can be found on the inner fleshy part of a watermelon and it also has the white color that showcases the rind of the fruit.


Watermelon Tourmaline has been located in Africa and various parts of the world. Countries in Africa that have reported findings of Watermelon Tourmaline are South Africa and Mozambique. On the other hand, countries like Mozambique, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and even US states such as Maine and California have discovered vast amounts of Watermelon Tourmaline. Of course, the location is not limited to these countries, and the situation might change with more exploration. As far as trade is concerned, many traders tend to give the name Watermelon Tourmaline to other multi-colored Tourmaline that are not Watermelon Tourmaline.


As with other minerals, the Watermelon Tourmaline is associated with various healing properties. It has, in some instances, been referred to as the ‘gateway to the inner-self.’ Watermelon Tourmaline works to cleanse and remove blockages where the heart chakra is concerned. Apart from physical healing properties, Watermelon Tourmaline has emotional healing properties. Using crystals is an excellent way to combat depression and anxiety. It enables individuals to mend emotionally and reconnect with nature and the world around. Watermelon Tourmaline is therefore unique when it comes to areas such as meditation and energy work. They are valuable when it comes to pain alleviation, immune system, and in curing disorders such as heart disorders.

Watermelon Tourmaline is a unique semi-precious gemstone not only in its rarity when it comes to the combination of the three colors but also in its ability to act as a healing agent.