Specifications

Origin:
Brazil
Color:
Neon Blue to Neon Blue-Green
Hardness:
7 to 7.5 on Mohs Scale
Birthstone Month:
October
Anniversary Year:
38th

Tourmaline Paraiba

For centuries tourmalines have adorned the jewels of royalty. The Empress Dowager Tz'u Hsi, the last empress of China, valued the rich pink colors above all other gemstones. The people of ancient Ceylon called tourmaline "turmali," the Sinhalese word for "more colors." Perhaps this is why ancient mystics believed tourmaline could encourage artistic intuition: it has the palette to express every mood.

Almost every color of tourmaline can be found in Brazil, especially in the Brazilian states of Minas Gerais and Bahia. In 1989, miners discovered a unique and brightly colored variety of tourmaline in the state of Paraíba. The new type of tourmaline, which soon became known as paraiba tourmaline, came in blue and green. Brazilian paraiba tourmaline usually contains abundant inclusions. It was determined that the element copper was important in the coloration of the stone. Along with copper, Tourmaline is comprised of Aluminium Borosilicate and also contains Iron, Magnesium, and Lithium. Paraiba, is the only form of Tourmaline that contains Copper.