Suite of Twelve Natural Fancy Colored TourmalinesThe New Paraiba
Alto Ligonha, near Nampula, Mozambique
From an alluvial deposit in the remote regions of the Alto Ligonha region of Mozambique, approximately 300 miles from Nampula, comes this suite of fantastically vibrant-hued gem tourmalines. The deposit, which was only found approximately three years ago, is one of copper-bearing or cuprian, tourmaline. After much debate the worlds major laboratories have now agreed to use the coveted term paraiba to describe the most vivid hues of copper-containing tourmalineparicularly for those blues which are described in the trade as being Caribbean or Windex blueregardless of the country of origin. The designation of paraiba was previously only permissible for those stones which actually originated in at the São José da Batalha mine in the state of Paraiba, Brazil.
The majority of the Mozambique material (as well as the original Paraiba material) is heated to enhance its color before reaching the gem market. This group of twelve tourmalines is special due to its natural colorthey are in unheated form. Virtually all eye-clean, they display a well-saturated vivid pallette of pink, lavender, leaf-green, mint-green, lime-green, and light blue--notably unmasked by gray as so many tourmalines arefaceted into pear, oval and triangular shapes. Purple, in particular is a rare hue in tourmaline and is one that didnt really exist before this find. (12)
Weighing altogether 24.73 carats