These slices are amazing! They were cut off the same piece of tourmaline, so they are exactly the same shape. These would make fantastic earrings to help show off the perfect coloration (the first picture is the most representative of the color) for true watermelon tourmaline.
Watermelon tourmaline is named for how the rind of the stone is green, while the inside of the stone is pink or red. This coloration is quite rare, so cutter will choose to protect the formation of it instead of cutting a more traditional shape from it. These are 100% natural and untreated!
Tourmaline is a birthstone for the month of October. It has a Moh's hardness of 7-7.5. Tourmaline is often used in jewelry, and it's most commonly found colors are green and pink. One of the most prized types of tourmaline is Paraiba or Cuprian tourmalines, that contain copper, giving it a neon green or blue color. Often copper bearing tourmalines that haven't been heated are purple, violet or lavender.
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