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.
Sunny Yellow Diamonds®
The most prized shades of yellow diamonds are the pure, rich shades, its yellow color obtained through the presence of nitrogen. While natural fancy color yellow diamonds are rarer than brown diamonds and more abundant than other natural color diamonds, this sunny bright diamond still represents just a small portion of overall production, each a one-of-a-kind and 10,000 times rarer than a white diamond.
Famous yellows include The Incomparable, the world’s largest internally flawless diamond which weighs 407.48 carats and is a deep brownish yellow, the 253.70-carat yellow octahedral Oppenheimer Diamond crystal and 101.29carat Allnatt Fancy Vivid yellow with a clarity grade of VS2.
The journey of a diamond in the rough to the sparkling diamond design you love is a fascinating story, one that began billions of years ago, deep within the earth where a diamond has formed under extreme heat and pressure. Its ascent from its natural home is forced by nature or man where it is then cleaved, cut and polished revealing its natural beauty. Diamonds are the hardest material on earth and the only gem that is composed of only one element, carbon.
Vanilla Diamonds® are specially selected to adorn Le Vian® designs – from breathtaking one-of-a-kind red carpet favored designs in Vanilla Gold® to the trendsetting combination of Strawberry ‘N Vanilla® featuring the blushing hue of Strawberry Gold® topped with Vanilla Diamonds®.