“Paraiba” is the word that always attracts the gemstone lovers. Paraiba Tourmaline is an unusual and rare gemstone and it is mostly found in small extent. It is one of the uncommon gemstone discovered ever. It comes in varied range of electric blue and green shades. Wearing the jewellery of this gemstone is the same as having the charm of sea with you for always.
Origin and Supply of Paraiba
The Paraiba Tourmaline was discovered in 1980s by a miner named Hector Dimas Barbosa and it was named after the Brazilian locality where it was first unearthed. It was first introduced at the annual Tucson gem show in early 1990. However, in 2001 similar copper-bearing blue-green tourmaline was discovered in Nigeria, but as with compared to the material of Brazil its colour saturation was not good, then in 2005 a third discovery was made in Mozambique and at present there are no more known sources of this brilliant gemstone.
Paraiba Tourmaline is known for its vivid colour ranges from emerald to neon green, sapphire blue, sky blue, indigo and purple. A trace of copper gives tourmaline a vivid turquoise colour that has been never seen naturally in any other gemstone that is why this colour is referred as ‘electric’ or ‘neon’ while the Manganese causes red and purple shades.
Paraiba Buyers Tips
Paraiba tourmaline gets its brilliant aqua colour from copper, which creates greenish flashes within a stone when exposed to bright light and this way a non-familiar person with gemstones can easily identify the real Paraiba Tourmaline.
The hardness of Paraiba Tourmaline varies from 7 to 7.5 on the Moh’s scale. These gemstones are usually small and rarely a large one is found, a single carat of this gem generally ranges somewhere in the five digits.
Paraiba Tourmaline exceptionally sparkles even in poor light and it ranges from transparent to opaque. To put its rarity into aspect there is only one Paraiba mined for every 10,000 diamonds. Paraiba is a vigorous energy channel and helps to protect against the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual or environmental contaminants.
||Colour||Intense electrical and neon colours, typically mint- green to sky-blue|
|Sources||Brazil, Mozambique, Nigeria|