What do you do when your Brazilian gem supplier shows you a parcel of tourmalines in a minty blue-green hue you haven’t seen before? They aren’t technically Paraiba—they’re greener than the rarer gem’s distinctive neon blue color (because: no copper). And it doesn’t matter.
If you’re designer Graziela Kaufman of Chicago-based Graziela Gems, you ask if there’s more where that came from.
And when you find out that there are indeed sufficient quantities for more than a few collections, you apply for a trademark to market the gem as proprietary to your brand. Enter the Graziela Tourmaline—which should be official in about a year’s time.
Meantime, here’s what the gemstone looks like in situ, an edit from the collection’s unveiling during Las Vegas Jewelry Week. The color of this tourmaline is so gorgeous, almost emerald-like, and the prices run the gamut. There’s a pair of round studs (1.68 cts. t.w.) going for less than $3,000 and lots of five-figure glamazons including the spectacular earrings up top and their matching ring (below).
Top: Earrings with 9.53 cts. tourmaline, 8.07 cts. t.w. citrine, and 0.9 ct. t.w. diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $23,575
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