The name Tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese word “turamali” which means “mixed precious stones”. In the gem trade (due to its almost electrifying colour) the pink variety of Tourmaline is often known as “Shocking Pink Tourmaline”.
This gem is often confused with other gems. Indeed, the Russian Crown Jewels were thought to contain beautiful large Rubies but they turned out to be dark Pink Tourmalines. Its sensual colour occurs because it is rich in lithium.
The Empress Dowager Tz’u, the last empress of China, loved Pink Tourmaline so much she went to rest eternally on a pillow carved from Pink Tourmaline.
When women wear Pink Tourmaline, it is said to empower; it also said to help in reaching one’s full potential.