Paraiba Tourmaline
  • Mineral: Tourmaline    

  • Main Source of Origin: Brasil, Mozambique, Nigeria

  • Mohs Hardness: 7.5

  • Birthstone: October

The neon blue incandescence of Paraiba tourmaline charms most at first sight. Apart from its alluring shade, the Paraiba tourmaline is known to be a rare find in the tourmaline family. It escalated to prominence when it first emerges in the Brazilian state of Paraiba in 1989,

before mining stopped a year later. Similar shades of luminous blue and green hues are mined in other parts of Brazil and the African continent in Mozambique today. Despite the differences in the origins, these gems fall into the classification as Paraiba tourmalines. 

 

The various shades of tourmalines are caused by trace elements within the mineral. In particular, the unique neon blue of the Paraiba tourmaline can be traced back to the element, copper. It is this emanating vivid radiance which makes Paraiba tourmaline widely known and a desirable gem all over the world.

Other information:

  • Zodiac birthstone for Virgo, Libra

  • Stone for eighth anniversary