This is one of the rarest and most sought-after gemstones - and one of the most beautiful! This gemstone looks like it is lit up with batteries... it can be seen from across the room. Paraiba Tourmaline is one of the rarest, most expensive and beautiful gemstones; they are judged by their 1) neon color, 2) size, 3) clarity. This one has perfect color and saturation - it's neon blue. It's size and clarity are also rare - it is 8.78 carats. Moderate inclusions are considered normal for Paraibas, a Type III gemstone. Paraibas, as with other colored gemstones and as opposed to diamonds, are graded by the eye only. Diamonds are always graded with at 10x loupe. Inclusions in this copper-bearing stone actually increase the sparkle.
This Paraiba is the rarest of all Paraibas - it is large - most neon Paraibas are 1 carat or less; it is neon blue, from Paraiba, Brazil, and it's unheated. Most neons are green to bluish green - rare to have a blue. This one comes from Brazil. Most of the Brazilian material is depleted and almost all neon Paraibas are now coming from Mozambique. Paraibas from Paraiba, Brazil are much rarer, and much more expensive - analogous to a Burmese ruby versus a Tanzanian ruby.
We put this ring in our handmade designer setting - 18K white gold with colorless large diamonds on the band and diamonds on the setting basket in a crisscross diamond design.
Photographs taken in direct sunlight with the exception of the model in the black hat, taken indoors. The colors in the photos are accurate. Sunlight makes the copper and manganese in this gemstone glow.
This gemstone is GIA certified as a natural, unheated neon Paraiba copper-bearing tourmaline. Certified from Brazil.
Size 6.5 (Easily sizable - we offer complementary sizing on our rings)
Solid 18K white gold
Weight: 1.25 cttw
Natural Neon Paraiba Tourmaline
Weight: 8.78 carats
Size (L x W x D): 14.15 x 11/24 x 8.71mm
Cut: Oval, Brilliant
Color: Neon Blue Paraiba color
Origin: Paraiba, Brazil
Treatment: None (not heated or otherwise treated)
'Designed & made by women for women'
Paraiba Tourmalines were first discovered in the 1980s in Brazil. Today, most of the Paraiba Tourmaline is mined in Mozambique. Paraibas are both manganese and copper-bearing; because of this, they absolutely become neon in most types of lighting. Besides copper, the German Foundation for Gemstone Research has also found gold content within Paraiba Tourmaline, equaling to about 8.6 parts per every million.
Legend and Lore*
This gemstone is credited to having mystical and magical powers to guard one against misfortune and danger. They influence heavily over love and friendship and support stability in both.
*This is for entertainment only.
Please be wary of 'lab grown' and 'cultured' Paraiba gemstones! They are synthetic, and are never worth more than a few dollars. This is a natural, 'mined' Paraiba. In gemology, Paraiba Tourmalines are copper-bearing and only Tourmalines. We’ve seen shops selling “Paraiba spinels”. There are NO such things. These are lab grown and called by the GIA ‘synthetic’. They are worthless.