Like other quartz, tourmalinated Quartz beads, with black and vibrant green shades have ensnared the attention of people almost everywhere according to their availability. For example, on researching you will find that it was mined in different parts of the world like Brazil, United States, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Pakistan and above all Sri Lanka.
Several records specify that the name of this jewel stone has been taken from Sinhalese’s (Sri Lanka) word of tura mali which means mixed color. This could be the reason that you encounter different shades of this masterwork viz., red including reddish purple, pink, dark forest green, yellow and various colorless varieties. Different Quartz discovered in this category discloses a distinctive perspective and color when seen from different angles. But only a few jewelry collectors are aware that in this class some more expensive one includes green verdelite, blue indicolite and pink rubellite. Moreover, in Brazil and Madagascar you will find milky to color quartz of this stone along with insertion of intricately crossing needles of black schorl tourmaline.
At times, you may stumble on tourmalinated quartz beads with a “cat’s eye” category. Here you may notice that this crystal shows the same effect you would have seen in tiger’s eye cabochons. In another class viz., chrome tourmaline quartz beads show an exceptional look due to the presence of chromium in it, the result of this effect reveal an awesome green gemstone which often gets you confused with tsavorite garnet or emerald.
Further you come across different facts about this clear crystal in the history, like one record illustrate that it was during 1700’s that the existence of this gem was recorded. And Dutch were the first who came to know about tourmalinated quartz beads in 1703. Another fact highlights that it was discovered on the Isle of Elba and sometime this jewel has been referred as Elbaite. No matter what other facts reveal, the truth is that the American National Association of Jewelers adopted it in 1912. Since then it was able to produce curiosity among fashion conscious folks who are enjoying gorgeous color of this rare masterpiece.
Tourmalated Quartz Faceted Roundel 8mm Beads. Strand Length 71/2 Inch. Price Per Strand.
Tourmalated Quartz Beads Twisted And Faceted Rectangle Beads 8mm. Strand Has A Length Of 10 Inches, Price Per Strand.