Paraiba Tourmaline


The rare copper and manganese-bearing Tourmaline

Paraiba Tourmalines are named after the location in Brazil where these rare and unusual gems were first discovered.

They contain copper and manganese and range in color from violet-blue, blue to bluish-green that is sometimes neon in appearance. They are normally available in pastel to medium tones.

Today, they are found in several locations around the world including Brazil, Nigeria and Mozambique and are also referred to as ‘Cuprian Tourmalines’ or ‘Copper-bearing Tourmalines’.

Inclusions are fairly common and typical with Paraiba Tourmalines; color and size are more critical factors when it comes to their rarity and value.

Tourmalines are part of a family of closely related mineral species with the same crystal structure but with different chemical and physical properties.

Tourmaline is one of the birthstones for October and celebrates the 8th Anniversary.

Lots of choice in colors for October birthdays!

We have more colors, shapes and sizes available in Paraiba Tourmaline – please contact us if you don’t find what you are looking for in our online inventory.

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neon blue-green







Tourmaline, Elbaite


RI = 1.624 (+/-0.005) – 1.644 (+/-0.006) DR

SG = 3.06 (-0.05, +0.15)

Dispersion = 0.017

Hardness = 7-7.5

suitable for use in jewelry

Pyroelectric – becomes electrically charged when heated
Piezoelectric – becomes electrically charged when squeezed
Many modern higher-end hair dryer use Tourmalines in them to prevent static!


Usually Heated, but sometimes also available unheated

Elbaite gems can be 100% natural with no treatments or enhancements, or heated, or irradiated and heated

see policy on Treatment Disclosure

Important information

Usually colored by Copper and Manganese;

also referred to as ‘Cuprian Tourmaline’ or ‘Copper-bearing Tourmaline’ 

Very rare in larger sizes






free sizes, in classic cuts as well as non-traditional cuts

Mining locations

Brazil, Nigeria, Mozambique