THE GEM VAULT
Morphée's gemologist, Pamela Hastry, travels the world in the quest of rare gems. Discover her selection available for purchase and international shipment, or select a stone and make an appointment to design your own bespoke piece.
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NAMIB BLUE TOURMALINE
The rare Namibian blue Tourmaline has hues and saturation grades varying from the electric paraiba, to indicolite and the streaming blue green laggon colors. Discover this fabulous gem issued straight from the mines.
Tourmaline’s colors have many different causes. It’s generally agreed that traces of iron, and possibly titanium, induce green and blue colors.
Somewhere in Brazil in the 1500s, a Spanish conquistador washed the dirt from a green tourmaline crystal and confused the vibrant gem with emerald. His confusion lived on until scientists recognized tourmaline as a distinct mineral species in the 1800s.
Color: All colors
Refractive index: 1.624 to 1.644
Mohs Hardness: 7 to 7.5
In Africa, tourmaline was once used as a stone to awaken one from "the dream of illusion". It was said to be the substance that would grant enlightenment. Alchemists believed it to be related to the philosopher's stone because of it's pyroelectric effect.