Green Paraiba-Like Tourmaline From Mozambique
Effervescent. Exhilarating. Luminous. Green Paraiba Tourmaline exhibits a radiant glow that immediately sets it apart as a unique gem. A relatively new find, Paraiba Tourmaline has only been available since the 1980s when Heitor Dimas Barbosa, in the Federal Brazilian State of Paraiba, discovered it. The mining area of Paraiba produces precious little of this exceptionally hued gem, however recent discoveries on the continent of Africa has brought this vivid green gem to the forefront of the jewelry market once again. The Brazilian and Pan-African mountain ranges, formed some 500 to 650 million years ago, are the birthplace of Paraiba Tourmaline. Due to continental drift, the continents developed into the landscape we are familiar with today. It’s not surprising that copper-rich Tourmaline, touched with manganese and made famous by the Paraiba discovery, are also being found on the continent of Africa. Our Paraiba Tourmalines come from Mozambique. We refer to these gems as “Paraiba-like” to avoid confusion with Brazilian Paraiba. The sparkling green hue of Paraiba-like Green Tourmaline will delight those daring individuals who seek something extraordinary. We offer calibrated Green Paraiba-like Tourmaline in round and oval shapes. Larger, exclusive gems are also available as part of the Black Box Gemstone® collection.
Tourmaline is rated “fair to good” for everyday wear with care. Avoid exposure to heat and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.
Properties & Reactions
Chatoyancy, Color Change (rare)
Fair to Poor - may cause color change and fracturi