Tourmaline has been used as a gem for more than 2,000 years. An ancient Egyptian legend attempts to explain the beautiful array of colours in this gemstone: on the long journey from the middle of the earth up toward the sun, the tourmaline traveled along a rainbow. On the way, it collected all the colours of the rainbow, which is why it came to be known as "the rainbow gemstone."
In medieval times, tourmaline was thought to heal physical and mental disorders, and prevent death. Today, tourmaline is said to dispel fear, negativity and grief. Many say tourmaline induces a tranquil sleep, and according to legend, it protects the wearer against many dangers and misfortunes. It also is believed to calm nerves, regulate hormones and fight genetic disorders.