Paraiba Tourmaline & Opal Necklace
This stunning necklace features sixteen rough Paraiba Tourmaline stones and smooth, graduated Australian opal rondelles. Each stone is unique with brilliant colors ranging from pink to green to the most desired blue.
Finished with a textured sterling silver clasp, the necklace measures 17".
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.