I am excited to offer these three beautiful Brazilian Paraiba tourmalines in the 3/4ct range. Please read the entire description (click the button below); all the stone details are listed there.
All of these have a nice bright color, noticeable brilliance and that unique neon electric glow; higher quality than is often seen. They have been photographed in different lighting conditions so you can see how they look, but your monitor may depict colors differently. All three stones are sound, without weakening flaws, but they will have inclusions on close visual inspection- please review the photographs carefully! Paraiba this color is commonly heated, but the process is not detectable.
Here are the details:
A) Oval, 0.71ct. Measurements 7.3x5.05x2.55mm. WITH GIA REPORT.
This is an intense old-school Paraiba with good brilliance, incredible "glow"; and a very light inclusion scenario- a few reflective specks that appear dark in some directions. It does have a small window (it's a little shallow but that adds to the apparent large size for the weight) but a proper setting can mitigate that.
B) Marquise, 0.79ct. Measurements 9.65x4.21x3.25mm. Lighter in saturation than the oval above, but still unmistakably Brazilian with a nice neon glow. Good sparkle and a crystalline brilliance, hard to find in this size. Has a couple of tiny dark reflective inclusions, but no large ones. This stone does not have a lab report, but I can obtain one for you as an add-on and I guarantee them to be Brazilian. Please convo me for details.
C) Oval, 0.86ct. Measurements 7.70x5.32x3.18mm. Similar material to the marquise above, but in a pleasing oval shape. This stone does not have a lab report, but I can obtain one for you as an add-on and I guarantee them to be Brazilian. Please convo me for details.
If you would like one of these stones set into a piece of custom jewelry just for you, please convo me- I'd love to help!
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Paraiba tourmaline is colored an intense "Windex" blue from copper content. First discovered in Paraiba, Brazil it was introduced in the late 1980's in Tucson. I was there, and bought all I could afford! The price was considered outrageous, rising above $1000 a carat. The best of these early crystals were large, clean, and colored a deep ultramarine blue through intense green with a "glow". (Heat was used even then to bring out the blue color.) This material became so valuable that people were literally killed for it! In a few years the original mines were worked out, and supply dried up to a trickle. If one of these gems becomes available, it easily commands six figures. (I know where to find them if you want one!)
Larger deposits of copper-bearing tourmaline were discovered later in Nigeria (now worked out) and Mozambique. Those from Mozambique are more plentiful than the Brazilian stone, less included, and less expensive. The color is pretty; but only rarely has the saturation and "glow" that the Brazilian tourmaline has.
So, what am I selling?
A few people kept and didn't cut the more included Brazilian rough. This is being cut now, and there is still not a lot of it. My stones are from this source; they are Brazilian, and they have inclusions- but they will be as beautiful a blue as I can find. I am trying to offer stones that will allow those who aren't millionaires to actually own a true Brazilian Paraiba tourmaline.
Paraiba tourmaline is a hydrothermal mineral: The crystals grew in hot liquid, leaving distinctive birthmarks in the stone: "Trichites" are hair-thin nets of cavities; "growth tubes" are hollow tubes that form along the crystal axis, fractures are splits that occur across the crystal. When the crystal changes direction growth planes are visible. Guest minerals are other minerals contained in the crystal. Many fractures "heal" themselves (partially or fully) as solution crystallize within them.
In most stones available today, these inclusions are small, but numerous. When the stone is cut, they are bisected; leaving tiny holes on the surface.
The cleaner the stone is, the more it will cost, but they all will make great jewelry.
Paraiba tourmaline has with very few exceptions always been routinely heated to improve the blue color (removing purple and gray tones); with the possible exception of highly included material due to the danger of breakage. The heat used is fairly low compared to that used for ruby and sapphire, and can not be detected, even by a gemological lab. Because of this, most labs simply say "Paraiba tourmaline may be routinely heated" to cover all bases. In general if it is that bright neon turquoise color, it can be assumed to be heated.