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mineral data

Mineral: tourmaline
Gem: tourmaline (watermelon)
Size: xx
Carat: xx
Cut: slices/cabochon
Origin: unknown
General Info: The name apparently comes from the Sinhalese word "Turamali" which was given to mixtures of unidentified gem gravels in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).
Additional Information
Watermelon tourmaline is yet another particular coloration of tourmaline. To be considered watermelon tourmaline the stone must have a red/pink interior and a green exterior.

The four slices on the left were create by cutting directly across a tourmaline crystal and then polishing the resultant flats. The cabochon below was cut from a similar slice. Such stones often show a clear area between the red and green colors.