A Brief History:
Paraiba, a state in Brazil, was the place where this rare and gorgeous neon-coloured blue or green gemstone was first discovered in 1989.
The moment these stones were discovered, they caused a frenzy on the gem market.
Jewellery enthusiasts, primarily in the West and in Japan, fell for this incredible vivd 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?
- Colour stones in general, and this gem in particular, remain a very rare thing. To give you an idea of their uniqueness: 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 Nigera, a discussion arose in the gemology world as to whether these stones could even be called "Paraiba tourmalines' since they were 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 as long as the following 2 conditions are fulfilled:
- The lab's gemologists regard the colour of the stone as 'electric or vivid blue or green'
- The stone contains the chemical elements of both copper and manganese which cause its colour.
- Exquisite Paraiba tourmaline gems are often accentuated with diamonds in jewellery pieces by the world's high jewellery houses such as Louis Vuitton, Chopard, Chanel, Christian Dior and Cartier.
Note of Extra Care for Paraiba Tourmaline:
Paraiba tourmaline is a good 'hard' stone that doesn't scratch easily but it commonly can be included 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 sort of 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 You'll Love Paraiba Tourmaline:
- A blue, green or violet colour that displays in an out-of-this-world electric hue. Some people may even think its colour isn't real, it's that intense.
- This gem is a relatively young and rare discovery, so you can be sure to be one of the very few on earth wearing it...
- Paraiba tourmaline is often considered more special than any other blue or green tourmaline because of its exquisite colour saturation, generally more attractive colour and greater rarity.
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