Paraiba tourmalines are one of the “youngest” and at the same time the most valuable jewelry stones in the world. Each piece of jewelry with this stone is destined for success.
Paraiba tourmaline was first discovered in Brazil in 1987, less than 40 years ago, and almost immediately attracted great interest from gemologists and experienced collectors. Its unusual color, varying from deep bluish-green to neon greenish-blue, as well as its ability to literally shine from within, captivates anyone who has ever seen it with his or her own eyes.
The main difference between paraiba and other blue and green tourmalines is its copper content. Initially, it was believed that the deposits of this stone existed only in Brazil, but later, it was also mined in Mozambique and Nigeria. Anyway, it is the Brazilian tourmalines that are valued the most all over the world.
Here is a dozen of extraordinary jewelry pieces inlaid with magnificent tourmalines of paraiba in different shapes and shades.
Arunashi is a family brand whose name was born from the names of its founders, the spouses Arun and Ashita Bora. Light Indian motifs, bold design and beautiful gems have made Arunashi incredibly popular among Hollywood stars.
Each creation of the brand is a small work of art. For example, the mermaid brooch from 18 carat white gold decorated with 2.2 carats of paraiba tourmalines and 5.35 carats of diamonds.
The paraiba is certainly beautiful on its own, but a skillful jeweler will be able to find a worthy “neighbor” for the beautiful stone. This is exactly what happened with this spectacular ring from Martin Katz. This central oval tourmaline weighing 18 carats is surrounded by a sedimentary bed of 350 diamonds and smaller tourmalines.
Arpita Navlakha, the founder of the Sutra jewelry brand, hails from the Indian city of Mumbai, and in her jewelry she often uses designs that blend with her culture. For example, one of the rings is adorned with six rose-cut diamond drops, very popular in India, while the main focus, of course, is taken by the 7 pear-shaped tourmalines of paraiba, weighing a total of 8 carats. The cost of the ring fully corresponds to the precious content and amounts to $130,000.
The Southern California-based company Lugano Diamonds definitely aims to make its beautiful female customers stand out among the crowd. The earrings in the photo feature oval paraiba tourmalines, each weighing an incredible 23 carats. They are set with 120 tiny diamonds and 112 similar tourmalines of paraiba. On the top of the earrings are also two cushion-cut diamonds, each weighing 0.28 carats.
In 2012, Chopard presented a fairytale collection of “Disney Princesses,” which included jewelry inspired by cartoon heroines: Cinderella, the Little Mermaid Ariel, Snow White, Jasmine and others.
Despite the somewhat frivolous and even childlike theme, the jewels were truly luxurious. The necklace with tourmalines of paraiba was among them: it was “intended” for Tiana, the heroine of “The Princess and the Frog” cartoon and was like a precious wreath of delicate blue flowers. Tourmalines were accompanied by tsavorites, emeralds, diamonds, and cultured pearls.
The flight of imagination of the creative director of Dior Victoire de Castellane is absolutely boundless, and she does not hesitate to implement the most daring ideas, styles and stones. It would seem that the more bright colors in one piece of jewelry, the greater the risk of turning it into a crazy fireworks without meaning or form, but Victoire knows exactly how to keep the components all in harmony.
The Exquise Tourmaline Paraïba yellow gold ring is a living example of this subtle and skillful play with colors. Its center is the magnificent tourmaline paraïba, around which spessartine, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds are arranged as petals.
New York-based jewelry house Spark Creations has managed to present the classic color combination of blue and white in a very elegant and graceful way. The neat triangular pendant encases a bright 5-carat Mozambique tourmaline surrounded by a shimmering diamond pave. The metal chosen is 18-karat white gold. The cost of the jewelry is $85,375.
Michele della Valle
Michele della Valle is certainly one of the most talented jewelers today. He creates not just jewelry, but real jewelry sculptures: his extraordinary precious flowers in brooches, necklaces and earrings seem to be completely alive and just begging to be picked up.
With his love for gems, Michele shows no taste for minimalism and never hesitates to showcase a single gemstone in all its glory. For example, the cocktail ring in white gold is practically studded with tourmalines of paraiba, including the central “cushion” stone weighing more than 9 carats.
The jewelry was sold at Sotheby’s for $128,500.
Born in Turin, Giampiero Bodino began his career quite far from jewelry – in architecture. But the designer’s love for working with forms and beautiful functional things attracted the attention of Bulgari representatives. The famous Italian brand invited Giampiero to Rome – so began the history of Bodino in the world of jewelry.
Among Giampiero Bodino’s pieces there is no clearly developed single style: in some of them you can find motives that return the viewer to the past for a few centuries, others – resort to modern and massive forms, while others just praise the beauty of flowers and elements of nature.
The necklace in the photo is one of the designer’s outstanding pieces, bearing the name “Baroque.” The piece features 326 carats of African paraiba tourmalines, surrounded by diamonds and set in white gold.
Ann Ziff, founder of the brand, has admired gemstones since her early childhood, when from time to time she watched her mother, the opera singer Harriet Henders, wear her jewelry. Today, Ann creates her own extraordinary jewelry, the main feature of which is fantasy bold cuts.
One of Tamsen Z’s jewelry pieces is a platinum ring with a large paraiba tourmaline in the center and a track of diamonds around it. The perfect purity of the tourmaline and the unusual shape of the cut make a lasting impression.