Tourmaline is a special stone family, considered by the West to be the birthstone of October. This family of gems is as colorful as a kaleidoscope. to the extent that each day of the year can be dedicated to a different color
What is tourmaline jade that is sought after by jewelry makers?
The tourmaline family of gems, known in Vietnamese as Bich Bi, has been known to Greek philosophers since about 300 BC. A portrait of Alexander the Great was even carved into a tourmaline from about 2,300 years ago.
In ancient times, this family of gems was looked down upon by scientists and traders, as early geology could hardly distinguish between it and other similarly colored gemstones. But now, tourmaline has become one of the most sought-after gemstone families, appearing in many haute joaillerie collections such as Louis Vuitton’s Bravery Chapter II or Cartier’s Beautés du Monde
At that time, multicolored tourmalines were often called “Ceylon stones” because they were found in Sri Lanka, a rich gem paradise. “Ceylon” is generally used to describe the colored gemstones mined in the island nation, with the exception of sapphire, ruby, and cat’s eye which are easier to identify and distinguish. The name tourmaline comes from the word “toramolli” in the Sinhala language of Sri Lanka, which means “other colored gem”.
The rose-red and purple shades of tourmaline, named rubellite, were probably the first branched off to be recognized as a gemstone. Before geologists could tell the difference between red gems like ruby, garnet, spinel and rubellite, they were collectively known as “carbuncle”.
Rubbellite was once confused with the oversized rubies. The most beautiful big ones from Central Asia. and Brazil appear in European royal jewelry and crowns, such as the 255-carat Zarina Katharina Ruby. These gems can only be distinguished using advanced mineralogy analysis.
In fact, this confusion is not a bad thing for tourmaline. Thanks to that, this stone family, once considered a low-class semi-precious stone, has received more attention recently. Old-fashioned traders would never have thought that by 2022, the most sought-after tourmaline could be as expensive as Myanmar ruby or Kashmiri sapphire!
Bich billion is the most favorite gemstone family of Roland Schluessel, the author of this article. Not only because it has so many colors in the spectrum, but also because tourmaline in nature grows in magnificent crystal clusters more diverse than any other family of gemstones.
It should be known that the structure of this family of gems is extremely complex. With a main base made up of the two elements boron and aluminum, this family of stones can flexibly swap minerals from the surrounding environment, thereby creating up to 40 separate gem combinations. Therefore, mineralogists cannot distinguish tourmaline by its rock structure, but only by its color.
The common feature of tourmaline samples that are good enough to be used as jade is that they are all rich in lithium. Lithium is the third element, after hydrogen and helium, to form in the universe, and the first metal family element. Imagine your jewelry contains such ancient minerals!
They are precious stones in many shades of blue, and every shade is sought after
The family of jade gems is as diverse as a kaleidoscope. This stone has a multitude of color combinations, from red to orange, yellow to navy blue, green and even black. Sometimes even two colors appear in the same crystal – for example, pink mixed with orange, blue mixed with red – creating fancy combinations.
Usually, two-tone gems have a lower value than monochromatic ones, but sometimes this combination creates very strange color gamuts. For example, pink and orange blend into peach colors, while yellow mixed with green can cause tourmaline to “fake” peridot.
In the West, tourmaline was not appreciated before because it did not have a deep color. However, aesthetic tastes change. Today, pastel colors that are light, not blackened, are more than welcome.
Mint green to young green stones can be cut in a variety of shapes such as oval, cushion or round, enhancing shimmer and luminosity. Values can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars for a carat of excellent quality gemstones.
One of the rarest colors of the jade family is the duck-neck blue indicolite. It is rare to find indicolite crystals that are large in size and not blackened. The best crystals usually come from Brazil, Namibia and Afghanistan.
Also in the three countries mentioned above, from 2015 to 2022, many areas with transparent crystals between blue and green were discovered, which the term is called lagoon tourmaline.
But the most expensive of all the blues is the Paraiba tourmaline
When a sapphire crystal is contaminated with the mineral copper, the element creates a bright blue color like an electric spark. This cyan blue tone is rare in natural gemstone families, and is no less attractive than Kashmir sapphire or Colombian emerald.
This green shade of the jade is named after the state of Paraiba in northeastern Brazil, where it was first discovered in the 1980s. However, Paraiba tourmaline was later found in neighboring states such as the Rio Grande. do Norte, and then in other countries such as Nigeria and Mozambique. Crystals found in Africa are larger and less impure than those from Brazil, but the Brazilian specimen is more vibrant in color.
Initially, traders were timid when trading Paraiba tourmaline because they thought its color was too “virtual”. But then that neon green color conquered collectors, putting Paraiba tourmaline on the same level as the four great gems, frequently present in haute joaillerie collections.
The most prized is neon blue, which often comes from Brazilian ores. Then there are patterns that fall between cyan and turquoise. Paraiba tourmaline also has an emerald green tone, but is not as overpriced as models with blue as the main color.
The type that is too pale due to the lack of copper mineral, even though it comes from the state of Paraiba, is not allowed to be called Paraiba tourmaline.
Perhaps, Paraiba tourmaline especially conquers young people, technology addicts, because its color is like the light from a phone screen!
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