Mineral Class: Silicate
Crystal System: Trigonal
Hardness: 7
Luster: Vitreous
Diaphaneity: Transparent to Translucent to Nearly Opaque
Colors: Black, White, Silver
Birthstone: October
Symbolizes: Clarity
Source: Afghanistan, Africa, Australia, Brazil, Italy, Madagascar, Sri-lanka, and USA

Black Tourmaline, also known as Schorl, is a variety of tourmaline, which is a silicate mineral. Tourmaline is found in granite, pegmatites, and metamorphic rock. Including black, tourmaline comes in other combinations like blue, red, pink, green, and watermelon. Tourmaline is actually known as having the world’s most color variations in a mineral due to the range in colors it comes in, as well as the amazing saturation of these colors. Black Tourmaline has amazing natural ridges and vertical striations. It is also commonly formed with Elbaite and Mica. Black Tourmaline was thought to be a symbol of protection during ancient times.