Gem: Paraiba Tourmaline (Cuprian Elbaite)
Weight: 0.16 cts.
Size: 5.44 x 3.28 mm.
Color: Bright Aqua Blue
Locality: Batalha Mine, Paraiba, Brazil
In the gemstone world, there are a few highly sought after gemstones that have become household names. There are, as a rule, extremely limited production. A few of these are; Russian Demantoid Garnet, Alexandrite, Padparadscha Sapphire and Paraiba Tourmaline. When we get a chance to offer any of these stones, we are thrilled and this is one of those special gems. This is an Authentic, untreated, Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline! What makes these stone so sought after is the beautiful colors. The color is caused by Copper inside of the Tourmaline, making them Cuprian Tourmaline. The Brazilian material was found in the late 1980’s and has been sensational ever since. In 2005 there was a find in Mozambique of Cuprian Tourmaline very similar to the Paraiba material. However, there has been a running argument in the gem community that these Cuprian Tourmalines are not Paraiba Tourmalines, because they are not from Brazil. It has just been quietly accepted that the Mozambique gems are called Paraiba, but the true stones come from the Batalha Mine in Paraiba. This stone is a lovely Aqua blue color and is brilliant in hand. The clarity is quite good considering most of the Brazilian material is riddled with inclusions. This stone is small but quite stunning in hand. Don’t miss the chance to own one of these hard to find treasures! Enjoy!
Attention: This stone has not been certified through a major gemstone laboratory due to the fact that the cost of a lab report is approximately $250. The stone is worth less than the cost of the lab repot. However, the stone can be certified upon request and the payment for the report by the requestor.
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