History, properties and uses of Black Tourmaline (The crystal for protection)

Black tourmaline, also known as "schorl", is a type of tourmaline mineral that is widely known for its powerful grounding and protective properties.

We'll explore the history, properties, and uses of black tourmaline and how you can incorporate this powerful mineral into your life and spiritual practice. 

black tourmaline in wood plate


Black tourmaline has a rich history dating back thousands of years, and has been used by various cultures for its protective properties. The ancient Egyptians, for example, believed that black tourmaline had the power to ward off negative energies and bring balance to their lives.

The mineral was also used by Native American tribes to help the wearer connect with the earth and protect them from harm.

In the 19th century, black tourmaline was used in the treatment of various ailments such as rheumatism, arthritis, and skin diseases. It was believed that the mineral could help to alleviate pain and improve the overall health of the patient. The healing properties of black tourmaline were so highly valued that it was even used by doctors in Europe and America to treat a variety of illnesses.

Black tourmaline in hand

Where is Black Tourmaline found? 

Black tourmaline is found in many countries around the world, including but not limited to: Brazil, Mozambique, Madagascar, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, and the United States.

Some of the most significant deposits of black tourmaline are found in Brazil, where it is often found in large quantities in volcanic rocks. Other notable deposits of the mineral can be found in Madagascar, Mozambique, and Afghanistan, which are known for producing high-quality specimens of black tourmaline. In the United States, black tourmaline can be found in states such as California, Maine, and New Hampshire.

raw black tourmaline

You can find raw black tourmaline on our site here


Black Tourmaline is a common type of tourmaline mineral that is made up of aluminum borosilicate. It is often found in volcanic rocks and is black or dark brown in color. 

Tourmaline also comes in many other colours. 

Grounding properties

One of the most notable properties of black tourmaline is its grounding effect. Grounding is a term used to describe the process of connecting with the earth and bringing balance to your physical and emotional bodies. I describe it as feeling more centred and whole. 

When one is feeling scattered or disconnected, black tourmaline can help to bring them back to their center and provide stability.

This grounding effect can be especially helpful for those who are sensitive to the energies around them and need to protect themselves from negative energies. Black tourmaline works by absorbing and transmuting negative energies, which can help to protect the wearer from harmful or toxic energies.

It's also believed to help improve focus and concentration, which can be especially helpful for those who struggle with these issues.

Protective properties

Black tourmaline is also believed to have the ability to help neutralize harmful electromagnetic radiation. This is because the mineral is a natural conductor of energy, which allows it to absorb and transmute negative energies. This makes it a great choice for those who spend a lot of time near electronic devices, as it can help to protect against the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation.

protection crystal set with black tourmaline

You can find tumbled black tourmaline in our Signal Shield crystal set

Therapeutic properties

In addition to its grounding and protective properties, black tourmaline is also believed to have therapeutic properties.

For example, the mineral is believed to help improve circulation, which can be especially helpful for those who suffer from conditions such as arthritis or rheumatism.

Black tourmaline is also believed to help alleviate pain and it's said to help stimulate the immune system, improve digestion, and boost energy levels. 

How do I use Black Tourmaline? 

Wear it as jewelry: Wearing black tourmaline as jewelry, such as a pendant or a bracelet, is a common way to benefit from its protective properties. It's believed that the closer the tourmaline is to your skin, the stronger its protective properties will be. Check out this lovely site for ideas. 

Place it in your environment: Placing black tourmaline in your home or workplace can help to create a protective shield against negative energies. For example, you can place a piece of tourmaline in your bedroom to help you sleep better, or near electronic devices to protect against electromagnetic radiation.

large raw black tourmaline

Large raw Black Tourmaline on glass table in a client's living room 

Meditate with it: Meditating with a piece of black tourmaline can help to strengthen its protective properties and allow you to connect with its grounding and calming energy. Simply hold the tourmaline in your hand and focus on its energy, or place it on your body during meditation to enhance its effects.

Use it in crystal grids: Crystal grids are a powerful tool for harnessing the energy of crystals and create a synergy between them. You can use black tourmaline in a crystal grid to create a protective shield around your home or workspace, or to strengthen its protective properties in other areas of your life.

 black tourmaline in crystal grid

Remember, black tourmaline is just one tool in your spiritual and personal growth toolkit, and it is important to use it in conjunction with other positive habits and practices to fully reap its benefits.

Other black crystals are also used for protection Obsidian and Shungite being the most popular. 

“Crystals have been used for centuries to promote serenity and as a tool for meditation. They can be helpful allies in our quest for calm.”

Amy Leigh Mercree