Watermelon tourmaline might be the ideal stone for you if you’re seeking for a distinctive, enjoyable, and colorful gemstone ring.
The pink interior and green exterior of the watermelon tourmaline, which got its name from its similarity to a watermelon, make it both lovely and whimsical.
What Is Watermelon Tourmaline?
In general, tourmaline is a semi-precious gemstone that comes in a wide range of hues. Multiple colors can frequently be seen in a single specimen of tourmaline. In the geological community, these stones are known as bi-color or multi-color tourmaline.
In particular, watermelon tourmaline exhibits a pink center that is concentrically encircled by a green outer layer. To emphasize the similarity to the fruit from which it derives its name, watermelon tourmaline is frequently cut into slices.
History Of Watermelon Tourmaline
As early as the 1300s, tourmaline was found and acknowledged as a valuable gemstone. The original (green) tourmaline stones were mistaken for emeralds when they were first discovered in Brazil in the 16th century. Until the next century, these lovely jewels were identified as tourmaline. Although the exact date of the first pink and green bi-color tourmaline’s discovery is unknown, Norway, Maine resident George R. Howe initially used the phrase “watermelon tourmaline” in the early 1900s.
Watermelon tourmaline is one of the most well-known and desirable of the many various types of tourmaline gems.
The world’s two largest tourmaline producers now are Brazil and Africa, with substantial production also occurring in the Afghanistan and United States, and particularly Maine, where they were first discovered in 1902. Maine is home to some of the world’s finest Watermelon Tourmaline mines.
Healing Properties of Watermelon Tourmaline
The mineral watermelon tourmaline is used to promote serenity and mental focus. It is well known that watermelon tourmaline has healing and stress-relieving properties.
October babies are given the tourmaline birthstone, and much as Libra’s zodiac sign is represented by the scales, which symbolize equilibrium, watermelon tourmaline is thought to promote equilibrium in its wearer.
Care And Cleaning
Because it is a somewhat robust and durable stone, watermelon tourmaline is not easily scratched or broken. Jewelry made of watermelon tourmaline requires little maintenance. Wearing the stone when working in the garden or engaging in any physical activity that could subject it to a sharp hit should be avoided, as with any precious or semi-precious stone.
A watermelon tourmaline should not be cleaned in jewelry steam cleaners since the machines’ excessively hot water can harm the stone.
To get rid of any dust or grime that may assemble on the stone, use a soft brush or cloth, some warm water, and a light soap. Dry the item with a soft cloth or let it air dry.
Avoid exposing tourmaline to the sun’s heat or using an electric hair drier to dry it. Since abrupt temperature swings could harm the stone.
How To Pick Watermelon Tourmaline?
Color reigns supreme when determining the value of a piece of watermelon tourmaline. The value of a gemstone increases with the intensity of its color. It will also depend on how the pink and green colors are defined. A stone that gradually goes from pink to light pink to pale green to green, for instance, will be worth less than one that abruptly shifts from extreme pink to intense green.
It’s a good idea to check the stone out from all sides and in various lighting conditions when looking for a piece of watermelon tourmaline. Under the bright lights of a jewelry store, a stone may show rich color, but in direct sunshine, it may appear washed out.
Given the stone’s distinctive hue, watermelon tourmaline is really relatively affordable per carat. For stones weighing less than a carat, gem-quality tourmaline is available for between $40 and $50 per carat. The average price per carat for larger stones, 2 carats and larger, is closer to $150-$200. Once more, the price will be largely influenced by the color intensity rather than the stone’s carat weight.
It is pretty typical to enhance the hue or colors of tourmaline using heat or irradiation. The value of the stone is typically unaffected by these treatment. However, clarity improvement can reduce a tourmaline’s value and must always be stated by the seller.
A lovely and unusual stone is watermelon tourmaline. It can withstand wear well thanks to its physical characteristics, such as hardness and toughness. Given its cost, most average jewelry lovers can afford this stone. So, the watermelon tourmaline is a great choice if you want to add some color to your fine jewelry collection.
Is Watermelon Tourmaline Valuable?
Slices of watermelon tourmaline typically have a triangle shape, are highly polished on the front and back, and have rougher edges. The most sought-after and expensive Watermelon Tourmaline slices have undamaged rings with contrasting green hues surrounding a hot pink center. This variety of watermelon tourmaline is frequently referred to as the “genuine” variety.
Partial rings and less vibrant colors are more frequently seen in Watermelon Tourmaline gems, which are nonetheless valued but considerably less than “perfect” or “genuine” Watermelon Tourmaline slices.
Other color variations of watermelon tourmaline can be discovered, such as a reverse watermelon with a green core and pink outside rings or uncommon blue tourmaline tones.
The majority of watermelon tourmaline gemstones are tiny and weigh less than 3 carats. Genuine watermelon tourmaline gemstones larger than 4 carats in weight are highly rare and expensive. Genuine Watermelon Tourmaline slices as large as 50 carats have been used in our piece at Elleroses, and the majority of our Watermelon Tourmaline jewelry contains gems of at least 2 carats.
Although opaque Watermelon Tourmaline slices with complete rings and a brilliant pink core are more expensive than transparent slices, all Watermelon Tourmaline gems, regardless of how opaque they are, are highly sought after.
The gem tourmaline frequently exhibits several inclusions. Large inclusions that frequently appear in tourmaline gems can be mistaken for defects in the gem.
Also frequently carved into cabochons, which have a flat back and rounded dome, and occasionally into beads, is watermelon tourmaline. The gem is typically seen in two hues and is known as “bi-color” tourmaline when used in cutting other than slices.
Another uncommon shape that is rarely used for gems is the butterfly wing cut for watermelon tourmaline. This specific cut is expensive and difficult to come by.
Due to their strong natural colors, watermelon tourmalines (and other tourmalines) are not colored or dyed.
Since mines have run out and these unique gems are more difficult to find, the value of genuine Watermelon Tourmaline stones has climbed dramatically.
Watermelon Tourmaline Jewelry
Given its exceptional durability, watermelon tourmaline is the perfect gemstone for use in high-end jewelry. Knowing what to look for in jewelry containing watermelon tourmaline is crucial if you’re looking for any.
Although a piece of jewelry set with a Watermelon Tourmaline gem may appear stunning in photographs or on a store display, this may be because the gem allows light to pass through it, highlighting the color variation. When the jewelry is worn, however, the design may prevent light from passing through the gem, causing it to appear plain. Slices of Watermelon Tourmaline, for instance, look best when set into rings in a raised setting that allows light to travel through the gem from behind. It is crucial to buy Watermelon Tourmaline jewelry from a jeweler who frequently uses this unusual stone in their designs and is familiar with the ideal settings for the stone in order to best display its hue.
Watch out for gems with apparent flaws when purchasing Watermelon Tourmaline jewelry. It can be challenging to tell the difference between a fracture and a natural inclusion in tourmaline, thus it is advisable to feel the gem’s surface for faults as well as examine it under bright lighting to look for these flaws.
Genuine Watermelon Tourmaline jewelry makes a great investment that may be passed down through the years. It is also a fascinating topic of conversation that always piques the curiosity of gem and jewelry enthusiasts.
If you don’t find the ideal Watermelon Tourmaline jewelry design online, please get in touch with us as we probably have the gem or stones that you’re searching for. We have a large selection of these gemstone rings.
Best Watermelon Tourmaline Ring Ideas
Baguette Cut Watermelon Tourmaline Engagement Ring With Round-cut Gemstones Accent
This gorgeous ring was designed in an Art Deco style and has a baguette-cut natural bicolor watermelon tourmaline and round-cut gemstones in contrasting colors. This one-of-a-kind asymmetrical cluster bridal engagement ring features mint tourmaline, white diamonds, and pink sapphires.
Watermelon Tourmaline Wedding Ring Rose Gold Baguette Watermelon Tourmaline Ring With White Diamonds
A watermelon tourmaline and diamond ring crafted from 18-karat white gold set with a baguette-cut pink green tourmaline. This engagement ring is a rare and distinctive two-tone gemstone design.
14K Yellow Gold Watermelon Tourmaline Rings Baguette-cut Tourmaline Promise Ring
An engagement ring with a baguette-cut pink green tourmaline. This beautiful bicolor ring, shown here in yellow solid gold, is also available in 14k or 18k rose or white solid gold, and it contains three stones placed in a claw prong setting.
14K Yellow Gold Watermelon Tourmaline Engagement Ring With Side Diamonds
This solitaire ring in 14 karat yellow gold features a pear or oval cut watermelon pink tourmaline set with diamonds. One-of-a-kind bicolor October birthstone ring perfect for any special occasion. You should get her this modern, elegant, and gorgeous ring.
18K Yellow Gold Tourmaline Watermelon Ring With Round-cut White Diamonds Accent
A 18-karat white-gold watermelon tourmaline engagement ring set with a baguette-cut pink green tourmaline and diamonds across the tourmaline. An unconventional wedding ring for the bride that features a bicolor gemstone.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is tourmaline in watermelon rare?
One of the most valuable and uncommon gems is genuine watermelon tourmaline, which is 100% natural while appearing to be artificial.
Slices of Watermelon Tourmaline show a pink core surrounded by a light green ring, followed by a darker green ring, giving this unusual gem the appearance of a slice of watermelon. Slices are often cut to show the gem’s natural color variation.
How To Care for Watermelon Tourmaline Jewelry
As with all stones, you should keep your watermelon tourmaline jewelry away from pollutants like cleaning solutions and perfume. Simply wipe the gem with a moist, non-abrasive cloth to clean your Watermelon Tourmaline jewelry. You can get your Watermelon Tourmaline jewelry wet, but you should dry it off right once and avoid taking a bath or swimming while wearing it.
How Do You Know a Watermelon Tourmaline Is Real?
How can you tell the difference between a genuine Watermelon Tourmaline gem and a fake one, given that genuine Watermelon Tourmaline comes in every color of the rainbow? Although genuine Watermelon Tourmaline always includes flaws except for the very best stones costing thousands of dollars apiece, fakes are virtually always made in the most popular and valuable color combination of hot pink and green, and the hues are always vivid, lively, and look too “perfect.” As opposed of blending into one another, the pink and green tones in genuine earth-mined Watermelon Tourmaline will form a distinct line. We have never seen a false slice of watermelon tourmaline; instead, imitation watermelon tourmaline is typically cut into faceted stones for rings. If a Watermelon Tourmaline gem has no imperfections, a distinct dividing line between its many hues, and is selling for significantly less than usual, it is almost probably a fake. If you suspect a Tourmaline is phony, it’s probably fake.