Paraiba Tourmaline

24 May 2012

Paraiba Tourmalines are one of the rarest and most sought after coloured gemstones and have only been discovered in recent times in the 1980's. They are most famous for their iridescent blue / green colour. However, they also come in beautiful magentas and pinks. Found only in Paraiba in Brazil, the mine itself is located at a hill that covers only a very small area that has now been depleted of its resources; adding to the rarity and value of these precious gemstones. In more recent years though in the early 2000's, similar tourmalines with a comparable chemical makeup were found in Nigeria & Mozambique. However, to the trained eye they lack the glow that tourmalines for Paraiba, Brazil are so famous for.

What makes Paraiba tourmalines so special compared to other tourmalines is the copper content. The high level of copper is what gives Paraiba Tourmalines their beautiful turquoise colour. The more vibrant the turquoise the higher the value. The more magenta coloured Paraiba Tourmalines have a higher content of manganese.

At Larsen Jewellery we work alongside the industry's most reputable gemstone suppliers, bringing you a colourful alternative to a traditional diamond engagement ring. Please feel free to call us to arrange an obligation free appointment.

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