Elec­tric Ef­fect

One of the most sought-af­ter gems this year, the Paraiba tour­ma­line, gives off a glow like no other in the lat­est jew­ellery col­lec­tions

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our­ma­lines come in a rain­bow of colours, but the vivid, al­most neon glow of the Paraiba is unique. Dis­cov­ered in the 1980s in the Paraiba re­gion of Brazil, th­ese in­can­des­cent stones are prized for their rar­ity and elec­tric-blue hue, which is the re­sult of cop­per im­pu­ri­ties. They’ve also been dis­cov­ered in Africa since 2003, par­tic­u­larly in Mozam­bique and Nige­ria.

Ac­cord­ing to the Gem­mo­log­i­cal In­sti­tute of Amer­ica, no other tour­ma­line, even prized rubel­lite reds or chrome greens, is val­ued so highly. Prices for su­perb qual­ity Paraibas of 3 to 5 carats can top US$10,000 per carat.

Among the de­sign­ers lov­ing Paraiba tour­ma­lines this sea­son is Gi­ampiero Bodino, who cre­ates one-of-a-kind pieces at his Villa Mozart base in Mi­lan. His An­gel­ica neck­lace is an im­pres­sive piece of high jew­ellery with more than 326 carats of Paraiba tour­ma­lines from Africa, framed with di­a­monds.

Fresh from Basel­world, Chopard’s haute joail­lerie col­lec­tion show­cases a 41.57-carat oval Paraiba tour­ma­line set in a white gold ring with a slen­der lace­work frame of di­a­monds. De Griso­gono presents the Grap­poli high jew­ellery watch with a snow-set dial and more than 70 brio­lette-cut Paraiba tour­ma­lines weigh­ing about 42 carats.

At Tif­fany & Co, the 2015 edi­tion of the Blue Book col­lec­tion in­cludes a pair of plat­inum ear­rings with di­a­monds and tour­ma­lines, while Ital­ian jeweller Bru­mani’s Baobab col­lec­tion fea­tures rings and ear­rings set with the stone and mixed with di­a­monds and aqua­ma­rine.

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