Tourmaline is one of our most beloved stones because of its wide variety of shades and unique color combinations. From watermelon to deep fuschia, peach to vibrant teal, tourmalines come in every color of the rainbow.
Gaining notoriety and value and hailing from the copper rich mines in Brazil, Paraiba Tourmalines were discovered in 1989 and today can fetch a ct price that exceeds that of diamonds. Paraibas are only able to be hand mined and formed in thin pencil like structures making extracting them a timely and expensive process. Their neon teal glow seems otherworldly so it's easy to see why they have become one of the most coveted stones in the world. The largest deposits of the world's Tourmalines are found in Brazil, however this rainbow stone can be found in Nigeria, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania and The US.
Tourmaline ranks 7 - 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale which is considered fairly hard and because of its wide color range (it comes in more colors and combinations than any other gemstone) therefore makes great options for alternative engagement rings.
October babies (Emily’s son included) get to call this gemstone, along with opals, their own.