A beautiful assortment of faceted loose Brazilian Paraiba tourmaline (yes, from Brazil)- not cheap, but great color and glow in every type of lighting. This color saturation is getting harder to find, but these still have it.
They are described below, and prices and availability are found in the drop-down "add to your cart" list. If a stone isn't listed there, it's been sold. And, please read my note below about inclusions, it will answer most questions!
A: Oval, 0.08ct., 3.0x2.1x1.7: Classic Paraiba turquoise blue, good glow.
B: Round, 0.07ct., 2.7x1.25mm: Bright stone, green tint.
C: Round, 0.14ct., 3.45x1.92mm: Darker blue tone, reminiscent of unheated material.
D: Trillion, 0.08ct., 3.05x3.02x1.60mm: Bright, light greenish blue.
E: Trillion, 0.13ct., 3.5x3.45x1.95mm: Intense teal blue.
F: Oval, 0.25ct., 4.6x3.4x2.4mm: Bright stone, a little lighter tone, nice shape.
G: Trillion, 0.12ct., 3.7x1.4mm: Medium blue, slight greenish tint.
H: Princess Cuts, 2=0,30ct., 3x3mm: Light/medium blue, good glow.
I: Marquise, 0.06ct., 3.9x2.0x1.2mm: Very bright, bluish tone.
J: Marquise, 0.08ct., 4.3x2.0x1.5mm: Bright stone, bluish tone.
K: Marquise, 0.09ct., 4.2x2.2x1.6mm: Bright stone, bluish tone.
L: Marquise, 0.10ct., 4.6x2.1x1.3mm: Perfect color and glow. (There is a small natural cavity on the upper right hand edge, but should be fine used in an earring or pendant. Price is reduced.)
M: Marquise, 0.06ct., 4.0x1.8x1.2mm: Blue with darker tone reminiscent of the unheated color.
N: Marquise, 0.08ct., Bright stone, darker tone reminiscent of the unheated color.
A note on inclusions in these stones:
I get a lot of questions about inclusions visible in the photographs- in particular, are they there or not, since they don't appear in all the photos- is there some kind of trick?
No, my photos are accurate- here's what is going on:
All of the Brazilian Paraiba available today is included to some extent. (Mozambique Paraiba is normally much cleaner, but lacks the Brazilian color.) The inclusions are thread-like liquid-filled feathers, much like you see in emeralds. These are not colored but are reflective, so they are visible (usually looks like a black spot) or not depending on the angle they are viewed at. This is what confuses people- the photographs depict how the stone looks in real life, and in reality, sometimes you see the inclusions and sometimes you don't.
Also, remember that these are TINY stones! Looking at a magnified photo, it's easy to think that a black spot you see in the photo will be easily visible when the stone is worn. Generally, it won't- all of the stones in this lot have no obvious eye-visible inclusions.
Basically, it is the color, glow and eye appeal that matter more than the inclusions- but that's the buyer's choice.
If you're an international buyer, Etsy will calculate shipping based on USPS Priority International. However if your order TOTALS less than $400, I can ship USPS International First Class which is less expensive, but slower. If you'd prefer this, please let me know. I can't change the shipping cost you pay up front but I will refund the difference. Thanks!
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Yes, at my discretion (usually for high-ticket items). Please request layaway through Etsy conversations for details.
Yes, once you have purchased a stone; I will be happy to work with you on a custom designed setting for it.
I make every effort to be sure that photographs are accurate- but two things will affect how the stone looks to you:
First, each monitor and screen displays color differently, so the color on your monitor might not represent the actual color of the stone.
Second, the apparent color of many gemstones varies with the type of light (daylight, incandescent, fluorescent, LED) you are viewing it in; and some types are more flattering than others! View the stone under several light sources to see the full color range.
If you'd like a formal gemological laboratory report, I can obtain one from the G.I.A. (Gemological Institute of America) or A.G.L. (American Gemological Laboratories) on your behalf. We will charge you the actual cost plus shipping, handling and insurance. Please inquire for a price quote and estimated turnaround time; prices vary with the type of report and the size of the stone.
Paraiba tourmaline is colored an intense "Windex" blue from copper content. First discovered in Paraiba, Brazil it was introduced in the late 1980's in Tucson. I was there, and bought all I could afford! The price was considered outrageous, rising above $1000 a carat. The best of these early crystals were large, clean, and colored a deep ultramarine blue through intense green with a "glow". (Heat was used even then to bring out the blue color.) This material became so valuable that people were literally killed for it! In a few years the original mines were worked out, and supply dried up to a trickle. If one of these gems becomes available, it easily commands six figures. (I know where to find them if you want one!)
Larger deposits of copper-bearing tourmaline were discovered later in Nigeria (now worked out) and Mozambique. Those from Mozambique are more plentiful than the Brazilian stone, less included, and less expensive. The color is pretty; but only rarely has the saturation and "glow" that the Brazilian tourmaline has.
So, what am I selling?
A few people kept and didn't cut the more included Brazilian rough. This is being cut now, and there is still not a lot of it. My stones are from this source; they are Brazilian, and they have inclusions- but they will be as beautiful a blue as I can find. I am trying to offer stones that will allow those who aren't millionaires to actually own a true Brazilian Paraiba tourmaline.
Paraiba tourmaline is a hydrothermal mineral: The crystals grew in hot liquid, leaving distinctive birthmarks in the stone: "Trichites" are hair-thin nets of cavities; "growth tubes" are hollow tubes that form along the crystal axis, fractures are splits that occur across the crystal. When the crystal changes direction growth planes are visible. Guest minerals are other minerals contained in the crystal. Many fractures "heal" themselves (partially or fully) as solution crystallize within them.
In most stones available today, these inclusions are small, but numerous. When the stone is cut, they are bisected; leaving tiny holes on the surface.
The cleaner the stone is, the more it will cost, but they all will make great jewelry.
Paraiba tourmaline has with very few exceptions always been routinely heated to improve the blue color (removing purple and gray tones); with the possible exception of highly included material due to the danger of breakage. The heat used is fairly low compared to that used for ruby and sapphire, and can not be detected, even by a gemological lab. Because of this, most labs simply say "Paraiba tourmaline may be routinely heated" to cover all bases. In general if it is that bright neon turquoise color, it can be assumed to be heated.