April 20, 2016

Tourmaline-the state of Maine Gem

Tourmaline Spring sits on top of a granite body (called a pegmatite) that is 300-500 million years old. Within this granite body are a plethora of minerals and crystals.

Interestingly in the areas surrounding Tourmaline Spring, a large belt of rock containing the gemstone Tourmaline exists. And it is only in an area spanning a few counties that the gem version of Tourmaline has been discovered.

Tourmaline is able to become a source of its own electric charge, as it is both pyroelectric, as well as piezoelectric. When it is dramatically heated or cooled, or put under great amounts of pressure, it creates an electrical charge capable of emitting infrared waves and negative ions.

It is one of only a handful of minerals that have the ability to emit negative ions and far-infrared rays.

Tourmaline is unique among gemstones. Known as the “electricity stone,” it is the highest known energy crystal in the world. In 1880, lab experiments performed by Pierre and Jacques Curie proved that Tourmaline generates a weak electrical charge. This electrical charge enables the crystal to produce far infrared photon energy, negative ions, and alpha waves. Tourmaline emits a negative and positive charge in a single crystal.

In the mid 1980s a research station in Japan discovered that even when Tourmaline crystals are broken into smaller pieces a positive and negative electrode still existed in both ends of the fractured crystal pieces. Tourmaline is the only mineral on earth to show permanent electricity.

This research and much more has caused this gemstone to become the subject of much focused research and product applications from universities, research centers and business manufacturing laboratories.

Interestingly Tourmaline Spring sits on top of, and is surrounded by rich granite pegmatites that are abundant with the gemstone Tourmaline. Our spring water has been naturally filtered through these rocks for longer than anyone knows!