NEON BLUE PARAIBA TOURMALINETM
Tourmaline as a gem has been around for centuries but until modern mineralogy, the dazzling colors of tourmaline were identified as another gem based on its coloring. Even the name given this gem, tourmaline, which comes from the Sri Lanka Sinhalese word "tura malli" meaning "mixed gems", identifies the confusion that surrounded the early days of this gem.
The colors of tourmaline are many - red, magenta, bright pink, peach, orange, yellow, mint, grass and forest green, ocean blue, violet, even bicolor pink and green. The most valuable of tourmalines are the neon blues and greens, the Paraiba Tourmaline, which gets its name from the region where it was discovered in 1989 - Paraiba, Brazil.