One of the earliest reports of tourmaline in the United States was in California in 1892. In the late 1800s, tourmaline became known as an American gem through the efforts of Tiffany gemologist George F. Kunz. He wrote about the tourmaline deposits of Maine and California, and praised the stones they produced.
Later, beginning in the 1950’s, mining began in Afghanistan, the source of this stunning gemstone. The name Tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese (Sri Lanka) word tura mali which translates as the stone of mixed colors. Ancient legend says that tourmaline is found in so many colors because it traveled along a rainbow and gathered all of the rainbow's colors.
Tourmaline is believed to strengthen the body and spirit and is also thought to inspire creativity and was used extensively as a talisman by artists and writers. Employing this spirit of inspiration, our craftsman created this handmade ring in platinum with a double row of diamonds surrounding the gem. From our Lisette Collection, the ring displays stunning rose-cut diamonds under the center and down the sides of the setting to cradle the antique cushion-cut tourmaline, which is 8.14 carats and untreated from Afghanistan, presenting a beautiful mint green color.
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16 rose-cut; total wt: 0.65 carats
118 diamonds; total wt: 1.20 carats
tourmaline; total wt: 8.14 carats