Is my tourmaline fake?

Observe your pink tourmaline under a bright artificial light. Genuine tourmalines change color under artificial light, displaying a brownish undertone. If your stone is billed as a pink tourmaline and it does not display this undertone when exposed to artificial light, then you are likely looking at a fake gemstone.

How do you identify a tourmaline stone?

If you have a tourmaline crystal, identification should be easy.

  1. Tourmaline has a prismatic crystal habit and often has obvious striations that parallel the long axis of a crystal.
  2. Tourmaline crystals often have triangular or six-sided cross-sections with rounded edges.

Is tourmaline valuable?

Most expensive are the Paraíba tourmalines, which may reach tens of thousands of dollars per carat. Chrome tourmalines, rubellites and fine indicolites and bi-colors may sell for as much as $1000/ct. or more. Other varieties are available for prices between $50–750/ct., depending on the richness of the color.

Does tourmaline glow under black light?

It is glows red under a Chelsea filter, and also fluoresces red under longwave UV light due to chromium. Most “Chrome” Tourmalines do not fluoresce under UV light due to quenching by vanaduim.

What kind of gemstone is red tourmaline made of?

Liddicoatite occurs in a great variety of colors and in excellent multicolored forms, but is too rare to be used extensively as a gemstone. Tourmaline of all colors are faceted into gems for jewelry, but the red, green, blue, and multicolored stones, especially watermelon, are the most popular.

Where was the Tourmaline found in the rock?

Tourmaline attends Performance Space New York’s Spring Gala on May 04, 2019 in New York City. Tourmaline, silicate, cut gem. Staff Photo by John Patriquin, Tuesday, May 2, 2006: Tourmaline embedded in rock found at the Keith Quarry in Auburn last year owned by Mary Groves…

What do pink tourmaline stones look like when polished?

Pink and green Tourmalines from certain localities contain tiny, parallel inclusion s, causing them to display a strong cat’s eye effect when polished. Such stones are often cut as cabochons and called ” Cats’ Eye Tourmaline ” .

What are the names of the different types of tourmaline?

Traditional Tourmaline gemstone variety names include Rubellite, the red or pink variety, Indicolite, the blue variety, and Watermelon Tourmaline, a multicolored Tourmaline of green and red. More recently coined Tourmaline variety names include Chrome Tourmaline and Paraiba Tourmaline.