Ethiopian Opal & Paraiba Tourmaline Necklace
You'll love wearing this lovely necklace of Ethiopian opals and matte gold plate with a brilliant blue Paraiba Tourmaline centerpiece drop.
Gold plate lobster clasp. Length adjustable from 16.5" - 18.5".
What makes Paraiba tourmalines unique?
Almost every shade of tourmaline can be found in Brazil, but none has the vivid glow that distinguishes the Paraiba tourmaline, also known as cuprian elbaite. A product of the trace element copper, colours range from startling turquoise to majestic blue-green, but it is the incandescent glow that appears to light up the stone from within that makes Paraiba tourmalines incomparable to any other gem.
To put their rarity into perspective, there is only one Paraiba tourmaline mined for every 10,000 diamonds, and a good quality Paraiba from Brazil weighing over three carats is virtually unheard of. So rare are authentic Brazilian Paraiba tourmalines that it is not unusual for them to achieve five figures per carat.