Saturday, November 15, 2008

Paraiba Tourmaline Gemstones

Paraiba tourmaline is one of the most amazing gemstones. The color is a fantastic electric blue or green that separates it from all other gems. Although tourmaline is generally not a highly expensive stone in the same range as diamonds or ruby's, the same cannot be said of the Paraiba. Top quality stones can go for $10,000 to $20,000 per carat. Paraiba are named for the province in Brazil where they were first discovered.

David Sherman of, the company that developed the original Paraiba mines, sued a number of gem labs to stop them from assigning the Paraiba designation to similar stones mined in Africa and Madascar. Brazilian gemstones dealers believed this was hurting the value of their business and was suing for $120 million.

Here are a few Paraiba from my collection:

Paraiba is a rare stone and is collected by gem and jewelry connoisseurs. Email me if you would like me to design a ring, or a pendant for you using one of these Paraiba stones.

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