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Paraiba Tourmaline Glowing from the inside out

Glowing from the inside out, the Paraiba Tourmaline is not only rare, but comes in various colors including neon blue, neon blue-green, and more. Paraiba Tourmaline is considered to be one of two different birthstones that can be accepted for the month of October and because of this, it is also one of the gemstones for Libras and Scorpios. It does tend to vary in color, like most Tourmaline, but its brilliance and somewhat neon glow comes from that fact that it contains the element Copper.

Along with copper, Tourmaline is comprised of the Aluminium Borosilicate element and also contains Iron, Magnesium, and Lithium. Paraiba, is the only form of Tourmaline that contains Copper. The German Foundation for Gemstone Research has also found high Gold content within Paraiba Tourmaline, equaling to about 8.6 parts per every million.

There is a Shinghalese expression “tura mali” which when translated into English, stands for “stone of many or mixed colors.” This is very well suited for this beautiful gemstone. In fact, in ancient Egyptian folklore, it has been said that on its journey to the Earth’s surface, this gemstone must have passed through a rainbow. Another interesting fact about Tourmalines is that they exhibit something called piezoelectricity, which means when the gems are warmed up, they are electrically charged. On one end they are positively charged and on the other, negatively charged, acting like a natural magnet that is strong enough to attract dust particles and ash. For this reason alone, in older times, the Dutch used Tourmalines to clean out their smoking pipes.

This gemstone, along with numerous others, is credited to having mystical and magical powers to guard one against misfortune and danger. They influence heavily over love and friendship and support stability in both. Heitor Dimas Barbosa, a Brazilian man, is responsible for finding this brilliant gemstone beneath the Paraiba Hill. Other than Brazil, Nigeria may have some deposits as well. Paraiba Tourmaline is extremely rare, thus increasing its prices tremendously.

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An Overview of Tourmaline


Tourmaline’s are gems with an incomparable variety of colours. The reason, according to an old Egyptian legend, is that the tourmaline, on its long journey up from the centre of the Earth, passed over a rainbow. In doing so, it assumed all the colours of the rainbow. And that is why it is still referred to as the ‘gemstone of the rainbow’ today.

The name tourmaline comes from the Singhalese words ‘tura mali’. In translation, this means something like ‘stone with mixed colours’, referring to the colour spectrum of this gemstone, which outdoes that of all other precious stones. There are tourmalines from red to green and from blue to yellow. They often have two or more colours. There are tourmalines which change their colour when the light changes from daylight to artificial light, and some show the light effect of a cat’s eye. No two tourmalines are exactly alike. This gemstone has an endless number of faces, and for that reason it suits all moods. No wonder that magical powers have been attributed to it since ancient times. In particular, it is the gemstone of love and of friendship, and is said to render them firm and long-lasting.