This is extremely rare material coming out of namibia that is only produced in limited quantities. Some of the most sought after tourmaline crystals in the world comes from this region and is prized by collectors and crystal enthusiasts alike. With the exception of a few small surface deposits, this crystal specimen borders on aaa grade featuring a highly intact crystal structure comprised of a variety of both large and small crystal clusters, many of which are double terminated. This is an exceptionally amazing piece with a unique crystal formation that doesn't appear too often.
Large raw black tourmaline specimens are ideal for natural home & garden decor and metaphysical use. This natural rough stone would also make for a thoughtful gift to anybody who admires what nature can produce. This is a one of a kind tourmaline stone and by purchasing this listing you will receive the exact crystal specimen photographed. This stone has been cleaned and polished using naturally derived plant-based materials and is not photographed wet. Photographing stones and crystals while wet can be deceiving, as once dry they may not look nearly as visually appealing.
That is why all tourmaline crystals are triple-cleaned, meaning they have been soaked in a natural acidic solution with vinegar to remove excess mineral deposits, washed with a plant-based soap, and rinsed with collected rainwater. Lastly, every piece is personally touched and hand polished with an organic plant-based oil to bring out the shine of the crystals and enhance the color of the stone.
This removes mining dust, dirt, debris, and loose chips. Yet it keeps all of the natural raw features intact and gives each piece a clean, vibrant appearance that will last for many years to come. Vinegar is a good alternative for cleaning stones compared to harsh chemical acids, but does require patience since the ph is higher than hydrochloric acid. Plant-based oils are completely harmless to use for polishing all types of gemstones and crystals and are much safer and easier to work with compared to toxic mineral oils derived from petroleum. Occasionally there may be some light residue left on the stone which can be easily removed with a damp cloth.
Note: black tourmaline clusters in their raw state can be somewhat unstable as the hardness across the stone varies. However this variety from namibia features a highly intact and stable crystal structure.Yet it is always a best practice to be very gentle holding and moving tourmaline specimens to protect the delicate crystals. This black tourmaline is ethically sourced from namibia using artisanal surface mining methods. This type of excavation leaves a minimal carbon footprint and also does not contribute to environmental destruction by releasing chemicals or toxins that can harm the ecosystem. By supporting small family-owned mines, it helps stimulate local economies and divest resources away from deforestation and other industries based on exploitation. This item is made of tourmaline and vinegar, plant based soap, plant based oil, eco friendly packaging.