The charm of the Paraiba tourmaline lies in its refreshing neon blue incandescence.
The rarity of the Paraiba tourmaline is legendary in the tourmaline family. It burst into prominence when it was first discovered in the Brazilian state of Paraiba in 1989, before mining stopped a year later.
Today, tourmalines of a similar luminous blue hue are mined in other parts of Brazil, as well as on the African continent in Mozambique. These are all broadly classified as Paraiba tourmalines despite their differing places of origin.
Tourmalines come in many different shades, caused by trace elements within the mineral. The unique luminous blue of the Paraiba tourmaline is the result of the trace element copper. The vivid radiance that appears to emanate from the Paraiba tourmaline catapulted it quickly to the big-name league, making it a very sought-after gem the world over.
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