No Paraiba in top ten list of most valuable/rarest or beautiful gemstones??

I have been roaming around youtube and found the multiple lists of either the rarest or most valuable or most beautiful gemstones in the world to be rediculous. They do not compare apples with oranges, while many of them include Tazanite which is neither rare nor exceptionally beautiful nor excessively expensive. To ice the cake they do NOT include Paraiba at all. With basically no Paraiba being found anymore the ratio of tourmaline mined to diamond must be extrodinary. The lists love to compare a gemstone’s rarity with diamond, dispite the the fact that diamonds are not really rare.

The world has to face the fact that Paraiba has arrived and should be considered one of the top gemstone along with diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald. The day when tourmaline had no star to lead its beauty to public acceptance is past. The “right” people have built the wave that will carry Paraiba forward even with very little material coming on to the market.

Fortunately I was able to get many unheated cuprian tourmaline when the getting was good. Some like #941 ad #942ncould be called paraiba, paraiba type while purple blues #443, 444, and 445 should be called cuprain tourmaline in my opinion. The last three could be heated to be paraiba. With a little searching you can find many tourmaline that I have found to be cuprian with my spectrometer. They come in many colrs out side the range of paraiba colors.


About Bruce Fry

I was born in Summit, NJ in 1947 and graduated from Summit High School in 1966. I graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1970 and after spending another year in graduate school, I left to see the world of Brazil. After spending some more time discovering myself, I ended up working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 32 years as an Air Quality Engineer in the Department of Environmental Protection. I retired in 2007 and took up faceting gemstones again after a long hiatus that reached back to my twenties. I had started cutting cabochons when I was 13 and bought my first faceting machine when I was 15, but ran out of money and time until I retired. My great love in gemology is tourmaline and the collection presented here represents my effort to get as much beauty and variety in the colors of tourmaline as I can. I was particularly lucky in being able to get unheated cuprian tourmaline before copper was discovered in gem grade tourmaline from Mozambique.
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