Natalie Lambert Designs

About Natalie Lambert
Influenced by the work of Charles Lewis Tiffany and Rene Jules Lalique, jewelry designer Natalie Lambert was first introduced to Watermelon Tourmaline as a young girl and was immediately intrigued by the gem's multicolored beauty and uniqueness.

"I was amazed how something so natural from the depths of the earth could capture the perfect balance of every color imaginable. " remembers Natalie. "I was so fascinated with the stone that I began building a Watermelon Tourmaline collection from around the world. "

Today, Natalie Lambert designs jewelry that accentuates the allure of her favorite gem. A native of Palm Beach County, Florida, Natalie now resides in Beverly Hills, California and travels extensively in continuous pursuit of the next exciting addition to her Watermelon Tourmaline collection.

About Watermelon Tourmaline
Tourmaline is one of the most diversely colored of all gems and minerals. Tourmaline is a relatively hard (7.0 Mohs' hardness) gemstone, consisting of borosilicates of aluminum, sodium and magnesium. The term "Watermelon Tourmaline" is derived from the property of having a green outer "skin" and a deep, reddish pink "core." Perhaps this is why Tourmaline is said to encourage artistic intuition. It has many faces and expresses every mood. Tourmaline is a highly valued Collectors Gemstone and is mined in many parts of the world including (Minas Gerais) Brazil, Afghanistan, East Africa and the United States.

Did you know?

Tourmaline is the jewel of royalty. The last Empress of China, Dowager Tz'u Hsi (1860-1908), valued tourmaline above all other gemstones.
The word "Tourmaline" is derived from the Sinhalese word Tura Mali, meaning stone with mixed colors.
Many gemstones in the Russian Crown jewels from the 17th Century once thought to be rubies are in fact tourmalines.
Tourmaline shares birthstone status with Opal for the month of October.

About Minas Gerais, Brazil
The second most populous and fourth largest of Brazil's 26 states, Minas Gerais is located on the western side of the Southeastern Subdivision. Portuguese colonists created the state of Minas Gerais ("General Mines") in 1720 after discovering an abundance of gems, gold, and other valuable natural resources in the region.

Some of the finest Watermelon Tourmaline in the world is found in igneous rock pegmatite dikes and alluvial deposits located in the area around Virgem da Lapa in Minas Gerais
(Brazil is said to produce 90% of the world's colored gemstones). Rivers have washed through these deposits scattering stones throughout this region. Some of the mines that have produced the greatest specimens of gem crystal tourmaline are the primary deposits of Araçuaí, Corrego do Urucum, Cruzeiro, Golconda, Jonas, Limoeiro, Medina, Pedra Azul and Xanda.

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