Paraiba Tourmalines have gained a lot of popularity in recent years. The beautiful neon color gem stone is what makes this Paraiba so different from the rest of the tourmalines. Paraiba has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale.
It is estimated that for every 10,000 diamond mines, only 1 Paraiba is mined! Hence making paraiba one of the most expensive gemstone in the world due to its rarity.
Paraiba tourmaline were mined primarily in Brazil but in the 2000s, a new wave of paraiba are mined in Africa. Most paraiba tourmalines are heated and they have inclusions. They have a slightly different color saturation as compared to those mined from Brazil.
The Paraiba tourmaline is very different: it gets its beautiful colour due to copper, an element which has never before been observed in a tourmaline. A fair proportion of its weight consists of copper. But scientists have discovered that it often also contains manganese. Paraiba tourmalines appear in a range of greenish blue, bluish green, green, blue and violet hues. Copper in high concentrations is responsible for the highly coveted radiant blue, turquoise and green hues, while violet and red tones are caused by manganese.
Here are some paraiba tourmaline, can you tell which is from Brazil and which is from Africa? We have more avaliable in our store! Do check them out!