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A = Ca, Na, K, or is vacant (large cations);

D = Al, Fe2+, Fe3+, Li, Mg2+, Mn2+ (intermediate to small cations - in valence balancing combinations when the A site is vacant);

G = Al, Cr3+, Fe3+, V3+ (small cations);

T = Si (and sometimes minor Al, B3+);

X = O and/or OH;

Z = F, O and/or OH.

Note: In the formulas of the group members, we have put the D site cations in parentheses in order to facilitate the assignment of the different cations to the crystallographic sites.
Reported by Christianus-Fridericus Garmann in 1707. The name "tourmali" was a generic name used in Ceylon [Sri Lanka] for colored gems, mostly zircons. About 1703, it had been discovered by Dutch lapidaries that some of the "zircons" arriving in the Netherlands were actually a previously undescribed mineral. Several names were given to the new mineral including "Pierre de Ceylan, by Lemery in 1717. Tourmalin, as a more or less specific mineral name, was used by Rinmann in 1766. Hill called it Tourmaline Garnet in 1771 and Richard Kirwan shortened the name to "Tourmaline" in 1794.
Tourmaline (synonymous with tourmaline group) comprises trigonal borosilicates of the cyclosilicate superclass. The nomenclature was recently revised (Henry et al., 2011).

Notes on the general formula:
- Additional G and D site cations are reported substituting in minor amounts for the principal cations of these sites.
- The X and Z sites are usually combined in the simplified formula for the Group as Z4.

The structure for the group is one in which SiO4 tetrahedra are linked into six-membered rings having a hexagonal pattern and are stacked up with intervening distorted triangular BO3 groups, linked by D site cations; the SiO4 tetrahedra are linked vertically by G site cations and X site anions, while the columns are linked horizontally by both D site cations and X site anions. The A site cations and the Z site anions occupy the channels down the centre of the columns (or the A site may be vacant). Tetrahedral boron ([4]B) may be present in addition in both natural and synthetic tourmalines (Kutzschbach et al., 2016).

Luinaite-(OH) represents a monoclinic (pseudo-rhombohedral) distorted variant (space group Cm) of the tourmaline structure. Unnamed triclinic variants have also been reported.

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Physical Properties of Tourmaline

Hardness (Mohs):
Irregular/Uneven, Conchoidal
2.9 - 3.1 g/cm3 (Measured)    

Crystallography of Tourmaline

Crystal System:

Crystallographic forms of Tourmaline

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Chemical Properties of Tourmaline


A = Ca, Na, K, or is vacant (large cations);

D = Al, Fe2+, Fe3+, Li, Mg2+, Mn2+ (intermediate to small cations - in valence balancing combinations when the A site is vacant);

G = Al, Cr3+, Fe3+, V3+ (small cations);

T = Si (and sometimes minor Al, B3+);

X = O and/or OH;

Z = F, O and/or OH.

Note: In the formulas of the group members, we have put the D site cations in parentheses in order to facilitate the assignment of the different cations to the crystallographic sites.

Relationship of Tourmaline to other Species

Group Members:
Adachiite CaFe3Al6(Si5AlO18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Bosiite NaFe33+(Al4Mg2)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
Chromium-dravite Na(Mg3)Cr63+(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Chromo-alumino-povondraite Na(Cr3)(Al4Mg2)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
Darrellhenryite Na(LiAl2)Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH)3O
Dravite Na(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Elbaite Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Feruvite Ca(Fe2+)3MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Fluor-buergerite Na(Fe33+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3O3F
Fluor-dravite Na(Mg3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
Fluor-elbaite Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
Fluor-feruvite Ca(Fe2+)3MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
Fluor-liddicoatite Ca(Li2Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
Fluor-schorl Na(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
Fluor-tsilaisite Na(Mn2+)3Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
Fluor-uvite Ca(Mg3)MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3F
Foitite (□,Na)(Fe22+Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3OH
Liddicoatite Ca(Li2Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Lucchesiite CaFe32+ Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
Luinaite-(OH) Na(Fe2+)3Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Magnesio-foitite (□,Na)(Mg2Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Maruyamaite K(MgAl2)(Al5Mg)(BO3)3(Si6O18)(OH)3O
Olenite Na(Al3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3O3(OH)
Oxy-chromium-dravite Na(Cr)3(Cr4Mg2)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
Oxy-dravite Na(MgAl2)MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
Oxy-rossmanite ☐(LiAl2)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
Oxy-schorl Na(Fe22+Al)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
Oxy-vanadium-dravite Na(V)3(V4Mg2)Si6O18(BO3)3(OH)3O
Povondraite NaFe33+(Mg2Fe43+)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
Rossmanite ☐(LiAl2)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Schorl Na(Fe32+)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Tsilaisite Na(Mn2+)3Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
UM2000-64-SiO:BFeHKMg K, Mg, Fe, Si, B, O, H
Unnamed (Pb-dominant Tourmaline) (Pb,Na)(Li,Al)3Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(F,OH)
Uvite Ca(Mg3)MgAl5(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(F/OH)
Vanadio-oxy-chromium-dravite Na(V)3(Cr4Mg2)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O
Vanadio-oxy-dravite NaV3(Al4Mg2)(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3O

Other Names for Tourmaline

Other Information

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Tourmaline

Reference List:
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Vereshchagin, O. S., Rozhdestvenskaya, I. V., Frank-Kamenetskaya, O. V., Zolotarev, A. A. (2014): Ion substitutions and structural adjustment in Cr-bearing tourmalines. European Journal of Mineralogy 26, 309-321.

Fantini, C., Tavares, M.C., Krambrock, K., Moreira, R.L., Righi, A. (2014): Raman and infrared study of hydroxyl sites in natural uvite, fluor-uvite, magnesio-foitite, dravite and elbaite tourmalines. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 41, 247-254.

Kutzschbach, M., Wunder, B., Rhede, D., Koch-Müller, M., Ertl, A., Giester, G., Heinrich, W., Franz, G. (2016): Tetrahedral boron in natural and synthetic HP/UHP tourmaline: Evidence from Raman spectroscopy, EMPA, and single-crystal XRD. American Mineralogist: 101: 93-104

Internet Links for Tourmaline

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Localities for Tourmaline

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