Paraiba Tourmaline Gemstone
Rarer and certainly cost more than diamonds
The first Paraiba tourmaline gemstone were discovered, in the mines of Brazil state of Paraiba, Cuprian-Elbaite of “neon-colours”. Other miners later found similar discoveries in Africa, specifically in Mozambique and subsequently Nigeria, Oyo.
Not just the popular bluish-green shade, Paraiba exist in purple, violet and green. Till date, these are the only source for Paraiba, where they are rich in copper content. The supply of Brazil Paraiba tourmaline rough is extremely low, with Mozambique following closely. Which is why prices for fine quality Paraiba has increased significantly. $15,000 to $35,000 USD per carat for Brazil Paraiba and $6,000 to $20,000 USD per carat for Mozambique Paraiba.
As the size increases, the price per carat can also increase significantly, especially in current global demand for fine quality Paraiba. Quality Paraiba tourmalines from Mozambique over three carats can command prices of $15,000 or more per carat, especially if they possess exceptional colour and clarity.
One-of-a-kind Neon Paraiba
Rough Paraiba tourmalines can only be found in tiny veins that are as fine as pencils. The intensive method of mining, which required manual tools like wedges and hammers to prevent damages to the crystals, as compared to machinery assistance. This is why it make paraiba tourmaline so valuable and rare, known as one of the rarest gemstones in the world. They come with many natural inclusion such as bubble and needle-like. Due to the neon appearance and fine brilliance, such inclusion is tolerable in the market.
Coloured gemstone priced more than diamond? Probably more will not believe but the fact is a Brazil paraiba tourmaline with good clarity and electric-neon colour is three times a diamond! They are such rare that only one is mined from Brazil for every 10,000 diamonds.
Tourmaline the birthstone for the month of October has a variety of colours, creating different shade and hue, determined by the chemical composition. In the world of tourmaline gemstone, different colour have inspired their own trade names;
Chromium-rich – a variety of green to intense green commonly known as Chrome Tourmaline.
Iron-rich – light to dark blue, or greenish blue commonly known as Indicolite Tourmaline.
Magnesium-rich – brown, red, pink, purplish, commonly known as Rubelite Tourmaline.
Copper-rich – neon-blue or green, commonly known as Paraiba Tourmaline.
Bi-coloured and multicolour are common, reflect variation of fluid chemistry during crystallization.
As compared to the rest of tourmaline, Paraiba has more attractive hues, higher colour saturation. Which make it the most valuable and sought-after tourmaline of its class.
Paraiba Tourmaline Jewellery
Highly saturated ocean neon like nowhere else
We cannot miss gorgeous Paraiba Tourmaline in fine jewelry collections. It is certainly the limelight jewellery that particular stands out in any jewellery shows. High jewelry at it’s finest, featuring a highly sought-after Brazil Paraiba Tourmaline gem. Bold design with surrounded fancy pear shaped and round brilliance diamonds.
Investment in Paraiba
Brazil Paraiba Tourmalines classified as the most desirable gemstone as compared to the rest. In terms of price per carat, they are sold for higher premium than the other origins. Standard gemological microscope and semi-quantitative chemical data analysis cannot distinguish between the Paraiba’s originating countries. In fact we do have some instances, where the Paraiba was sent to laboratory and origin was unidentified. Only a spectrometry test, was able to identify the slight chemical differences of the gemstone from Brazil, Nigeria and Mozambique.
Nonetheless, be it any origin the vibrant neon greenish-blue colour of Paraiba tourmaline is gaining popularity, accompanied by its limited supply.
Over the years, Paraiba has shown a strong track record of appreciation in value. As the gemstone becomes scarcer due to mining limitations and increased demand, its price has steadily increased. Investing in high-quality Paraiba tourmaline can potentially yield significant returns over time.
Paraiba Tourmaline Engagement Ring
Renowned for their vibrant and mesmerizing colors. The intense blue-green hues and the neon-like glow set them apart from other gemstones, popular gemstone for many fine jewelleries. Just by a quick glance, you can easily identify this amazing gemstone.
Whether is it neon greenish blue or neon bluish green colour, this unique feature of paraiba comes down to a matter of personal taste. A Paraiba Tourmaline on your finger, custom made as engagement ring or set in a pair beautiful earrings. This priceless precious gem Paraiba is out to impress everyone for many years to come.