Name: Black Tourmaline / Shorl
Mineral Information:sodium iron aluminum boro-silicate
Chemical Make-up: NaFe2+3Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH)4
Where they are found: Namibia, Pakistan
About Stone: Schorl is best known as “Black Tourmaline”. Although other forms of Tourmaline may be black, Schorl is exclusively black and, unlike other Tourmaline forms, is never transparent or even translucent. In a few rare instances, it may be intergrown together with Elbaite, with a specimen being part Schorl and part Elbaite.
Schorl is the most common form of Tourmaline. It may be highly lustrous and form in beautiful crystals, and is one of the most aesthetic black minerals known. It may form in tiny dense needles within a Quartz crystal where it is known as Tourmalinated Quartz
Zodiac Association: Sagittarius, Capricorn
Metaphysical Properties: A shamanic stone, providing protection during ritual work. Black Tourmaline (Schorl) is an excellent grounding crystal for meditation and healing. Soothes panic attacks, protects from emotional vampires, helps to strengthen the immune system, and detoxify the body.