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INDICOLITE

Overview:Indicolite derives its name from the Latin word for the indicum plant, famed for its blue colors. Indicolite or Blue Tourmaline is supposed to be the most colorful and rare variety of all gemstones. Indicolite is one of the rarer varieties of Elbaite. Elbaite is the most popular variety of Tourmaline that comes in many varied and beautiful colors.

It is transparent to opaque and is found in metosomatically altered magnesian or dolomitic limestones in contact-metamorphic aureoles. A blue Tourmaline emanates a high degree of harmony and are reported to bring

about openness and tolerance. Its typical color is a deeper almost neon blue than other blue gems such as Aquamarine and Blue Topaz.

Physical Properties:

Indicolite

Indicolite  Birthstone

Color
light to dark blue
Hardness
7.0 - 7.5
Specific Gravity
3.02-3.26
Refractive index
1.616-1.652

Sign of Indicolite:Libra

Usage:Indicolite is a protective stone that can dispel curses and protect from all dangers .Indicolite can also bring happiness and laughter to your life. Its blue color is believed to have a soothing power and is said to help relieve stress. It also enhances tolerance and understanding. Indicolite increases flexibility, happiness, objectivity, compassion and serenity.

Legend:Indicolite was effectively re-discovered in Europe in 1703 when the Dutch imported some specimens that they had discovered in Sri Lanka. The Romans used Indicolite - particularly in carved broaches that often bore the images of animals and believed it to have strange occult powers.

Occurrence: Madagascar, North America, Brazil, Myanmar (Burma), Africa, Siberia, Australia, Sri Lanka.