|Black Tourmaline with Quartz and Mica, from Brazil
Height - 7.5 cm
Width - 8.4 cm
Length - 11.6 cm
Though less colourful than other varieties, Black Tourmaline (also known as Schorl) is one of the most popular stones for spiritual purposes. It forms in a wide range of sizes, from the half-inch double-terminated crystals of Nepal to large Brazilian crystals of several pounds each. Some of the best specimens come from Brazil, Africa, Pakistan, and Maine in the USA.
Black Tourmaline is widely considered as an excellent grounding stone and used as a stone for protection against negative energies, especially negative electrical energies, such as wifi signals or for those who spend a prolong time working with computers.
Quartz and Mica can commonly found with Tourmaline either layered within or on the outside of the Tourmaline.
Quartz when with Tourmaline will tend to grow in a masses form, with Mica mostly layered within the Tourmaline.
One of Quartz’s most frequent uses is said to amplify the properties of other crystals. It can also be a very uplifting crystal, raising our spirits with its internal rainbows which are made from fractures within the crystal, whilst also having the potential to be very calming. It may also be used to work with all of our Chakras.
Quartz though is a great all-round crystal which may be used to perform a variety of task and help with any personal needs, as well as being simply a beautiful crystal to admire and to enjoy.
The Mica group of sheet silicate minerals includes several closely related materials having nearly perfect basal cleavage. All are monoclinic, with a tendency towards pseudohexagonal crystals, and are similar in chemical composition. The nearly perfect cleavage, which is the most prominent characteristic of mica, is explained by the hexagonal sheet-like arrangement of its atoms.
The word mica is derived from the Latin word mica, meaning a crumb, and probably influenced by micare, to glitter.