Despite being a popular gem in the Mediterranean throughout ancient times, tourmaline was only given the final and lasting version of its name after being imported by the Dutch in 1703. They called it turamali, or “stone with mixed colours”. This name is fitting since tourmaline occurs in all colours of the rainbow, including bi-colour tourmaline which, as its name suggests, is a tourmaline gemstone comprised of more than one colour. More recently, discoveries in Brazil between the 1980s and 1990s introduced the world to new, brilliant hues of the gemstone and ensured its popularity in all kinds of jewellery. In fact, a gorgeous tourmaline necklace, designed by Paloma Picasso, is proudly displayed in the foyer of Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum.
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