“Watermelon tourmaline” is a popular, rare and unique type of tourmaline that displays green, pink, and white colors naturally all within the same crystal, bringing to mind the watermelon fruit. It occurs in Brazil, South Africa, Madagascar, Mozambique and Sri Lanka. It is a variety of quartz that belongs to the mineral class of silicates and exhibits a trigonal crystal system and a Moh’s scale hardness of 7-7.5. Like all other types of tourmaline, it is pyroelectric, meaning that when cooled or heated, opposite charges can be developed at opposite ends of the crystal. This results in a static electricity effect. You can also get this same effect from rubbing watermelon tourmaline.
Containing three different colors, watermelon tourmaline—sometimes referred to as “the gateway to the inner self—is believed to provide a combination of useful metaphysical healing properties when kept as a companion or worn in the form of jewelry on a regular basis. It is considered to be a “super activator” of the heart and higher heart chakras, opening them, cleansing them and removing any blockages. This results in a relieving of stress and an increase in empathy, sympathy, compassion and self-confidence. Insecurities and overactive emotions reportedly melt away, allowing the meaning and purpose of one’s life to become clear. Watermelon tourmaline is regarded as a protective stone that provides a combination of both female and male energies, bringing harmony and balance to the chakras. It is believed to put the heart chakra in touch with both spiritual and physical vibrations, and inspire practicality and creativity. Additionally, this crystal is claimed to attract love (even one’s soul mate, in fact) and bring resolution to issues within already existing relationships, infusing them with divine love and joy. Watermelon tourmaline is commonly used in energy work, grid work, and meditation, and also frequently makes an appearance inside of medical bags. It is associated with the 8th wedding anniversary and the astrological signs of virgo and Gemini, and it vibrates to the number 2. If kept around the home and/or the workplace, the healing ions it produces may provide some protection from the negative effects of the electromagnetic fields put off by cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices.
In addition to the aforementioned metaphysical benefits offered by watermelon tourmaline, crystal healers use this stone for physical healing purposes. It is claimed to successfully strengthen the immune system, treat hyperactivity, hysteria, and heart disorders, and ensure the proper health and functioning of the metabolism and endocrine system. It is also said to alleviate pain, when placed upon the injured or ailing part of the body. All types of tourmaline are believed to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain and male and female energy within the body, release tension (making spinal adjustments possible), treat dyslexia and paranoia, remove blockages and enhance energy, improve hand-eye coordination, and more.