A peek into the history of Paraiba Tourmaline
Paraiba, a state in Brazil, was the place where this rare and gorgeous neon-colored gemstone was first discovered not that long ago, in 1989. The moment these stones were discovered, they caused a frenzy on the gem market.
Jewelry enthusiasts primarily in the West and in Japan fell for this incredibly vivid blue stone, which seems to glow from within, causing a surge in demand. This was further intensified by the fact that the mine was exhausted quite soon after. Luckily for us, very similar material has been discovered in Mozambique and Nigeria around 2000.
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Note of extra care for Paraiba Tourmaline
Paraiba Tourmaline is a good 'hard' stone (so, doesn’t scratch easily) but it commonly can be included (has inclusions inside the stone), which makes it more fragile. Because of this, a Paraiba tourmaline is best worn as a cocktail ring on special occasions.
Another option is to have your Paraiba centre stone set in a ring with other gemstones around it or in a protective ‘bezel’ setting (a golden ‘band’ around the gemstone) instead of a ‘prong’ setting.
It can easily be worn every day as earrings or a necklace as they tend to absorb less blows than a ring or bracelet.
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