~ Purification, protection ~
This variety of Tourmaline is also known as schorl, after an old mining term. It is found in many locales, including Brazil, Africa, Pakistan and the USA. It is an aluminum borate silicate with a hardness of 7 to 7.5.
Mystic Lore: Intuitive sources say Black Tourmaline is among the premier stones for purification of one's energies and protection from environmental negativity. It is said to cleanse the aura of disharmonious energies, help one attain states of higher awareness, and keep bad influences at bay.