Paraiba Tourmaline

Paraiba Tourmaline

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.

Did you know?

  • Color stones in general and this stone in particular, remain a very rare thing. For every 10,000 diamonds that are mined, they find 1 gem-quality Paraiba tourmaline! For this reason, the stone can easily fetch five figures per carat.
  • When similar gem material was found in Mozambique and Nigeria, a discussion arose in the gemology world whether these stones could even be called ‘Paraiba tourmalines’ when not coming from Brazil. It was decided that labs around the world can still issue a certificate stating ‘Paraiba tourmaline’ even if the stone isn’t mined in Paraiba, Brazil provided that 2 conditions are fulfilled:

    1) The labs’ gemologists regard the color of the stone as ‘electric or vivid blue or green’, AND
    2) The stone contains the chemical elements of both copper and manganese which cause its color.

  • Exquisite Paraiba tourmaline gemstones are often accentuated with diamonds in jewelry pieces by the world’s High Jewelry Houses, such as Louis Vuitton, Chopard, Chanel, Dior and Cartier.

Note of extra care for Paraiba Tourmaline

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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.

Why fall in love with Paraiba Tourmaline?

  • An out-of-this-world neon or electric blue, green or violet color. Some people may even think its color isn't real, it's that intense.
  • A relatively young and rare discovery, so you can be sure to be one of the very few on earth wearing it...
  • Often considered more special than any other blue or green tourmaline because of its exquisite color saturation, generally more attractive color and greater rarity.

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