We think you are really going to love these new tourmaline beads. These tourmaline beads have been rough cut and faceted to follow the natural contours of the stone. No two beads are exactly alike in size or shape, but they measure 8 x 12mm on average. These natural stones have been gently polished for just a hint of sparkle. The coloring of these gemstone beads is a wonderful pallet of green, pink, black, white, and gold. The name Tourmaline comes from the Singhalese expression "tura mali" meaning stone of mixed colors. Tourmaline can be found in a wide variety of colors including green, pink, red, blue, yellow, brown, and black. Chiefly mined in Brazil and Africa, though some deposits of Tourmaline have been discovered in the United States. Tourmaline beads are said to enhance understanding and self confidence.