One of nature’s most beautiful gemstones, the Paraiba Tourmaline, captures the color of the Mediterranean Sea with its unique neon blue color. Paraiba displays an “electric glow” which is attributed to the small amounts of copper that Mother Nature kissed into each crystal.
Paraiba was first discovered in the state of Paraiba, Brazil in 1989. The same copper containing material was found in Nigeria and Mozambique, Africa, but never in abundance. The mines in Brazil were completely shut down over 10 years ago, and the African sources have not turned up any recent stones, thus making a good quality Paraiba one of the rarest gems on earth.