Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Alix & Co. Paraiba Tourmaline and Pearl Necklace + Bracelet (Part 2)

Alix & Co. Paraiba Tourmaline + Pearl Necklace
Copyright 2012 EraGem Jewelry
Photo used with permission
by Angela Magnotti Andrews

Paraiba tourmalines were first discovered in 1989 by the persistent Heitor Dimas Barbosa. Convinced that the pegmatite galleries nestled within the hills of the Federal Brazilian State of Paraiba held something ‘completely different,’ Barbosa and his team spent nearly a decade drilling into the earth in search of the fulfillment of his hunch {ICA}.

Finally, the fruit of their tireless labors paid off. Raw crystals of a never-before-seen turquoise tourmaline were extracted from the now-famous “Paraiba Hill” {ICA}. Owing its brilliant color to copper and manganese, the folks at the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) attest that “the ‘swimming-pool-blue’ of a Paraiba tourmaline positively flashes with vivacity.”

Sources for Brazilian paraiba tourmaline appear to have been exhausted, and although limited caches of similar copper-rich, blue-green tourmaline have been discovered in Nigeria and Mozambique, the gem is still in far greater demand than the supply can bear. This disparity is reflected in the going rates for the tiny natural wonders. Carat for carat, paraiba tourmalines rival top gemstones in value, often selling for between $10,000 and $20,000 per carat.

The pairing of unparalleled artistry and the rare electric turquoise gemstones in this paraiba tourmaline necklace by Alix & Co. make it the perfect choice for the avid jewelry collector.


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  1. Great article, very interesting. Would love to go to Brazil someday and be immersed in some of that history.

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    1. I think you're so right about silver being pretty with this combination. Thank you for stopping by to read.

  3. It looks fascinating. I liked it. Pearl with tourmaline is a great combination.
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