Minty Fresh: Graziela Gems’ Paraiba-Esque Tourmalines



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).

Graziela tourmaline and citrine ring
Ring with 4.7 cts. t.w. tourmaline, 0.46 ct. t.w. white diamonds, 0.44 ct. t.w. citrine, 0.05 ct. t.w. rubies, and 0.05 ct. t.w. Paraiba tourmaline in 18k yellow gold, $10,500

 

Graziela tourmaline and diamond ring
Ring with 7.89 cts. t.w. tourmaline and 0.57 ct. t.w. white diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $18,150
Graziela tourmaline earrings
Earrings in 18k yellow gold with 6.74 cts. t.w. tourmaline and 0.12 ct. t.w. diamonds (left), $11,500, and 1.84 cts. t.w. tourmaline and 0.55 ct. t.w. white diamonds, $4,450 

 

Graziela tourmaline and diamond ring
Ring with 0.88 ct. tourmaline and 0.46 ct. t.w. diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $3,475
Graziela tourmaline and diamond hoops
Hoop earrings with 2.24 cts. t.w. tourmaline and 0.27 ct. t.w. white diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $4,175
Graziela tourmaline and ruby earrings
Earrings with 3.38 cts. t.w. tourmaline, 1.09 cts. t.w. diamonds, and 0.11 ct. t.w. rubies in 18k yellow gold, $9,450

 

Graziela tourmaline ruby ring
Ring with 1.07 ct. tourmaline, 0.44 ct. t.w. diamonds, and 0.05 ct. ruby in 18k yellow gold, $3,950
Graziela navette earrings
Earrings with 2 cts. t.w. tourmaline, 1.52 cts. t.w. sapphires, tsavorite, citrine, amethysts, and topaz in 18k yellow gold, $6,950
Graziela multi tourmaline rings
Rings from left: 0.93 ct. tourmaline, $2,915; 1.28 ct. tourmaline, $3,450; and 6.22 ct. pear-shape tourmaline and 0.3 cts. t.w. diamonds, $10,650; all with sapphires, amethysts, citrine, and tsavorite in 18k yellow gold

 

Graziela tourmaline fringe necklace
Necklace with 0.78 ct. tourmaline and sapphires, amethysts, citrine, and tsavorite in 18k yellow gold, $4,400

 

Graziela tourmaline fringe earrings
Earrings with 1.44 cts. t.w. tourmaline, and sapphires, tsavorite, citrine, amethysts, and topaz in 18k yellow gold, $6,700

 

Graziela pink tourmaline earrings
Earrings with 1.69 cts. t.w. pink tourmaline, 1.06 cts. t.w. blue-green tourmaline, and sapphires, tsavorite, citrine, and rubies in 18k yellow gold, $6,125

 

Graziela trillion and pear tourmaline earrings
Earrings with 2.14 cts. t.w. tourmaline, and sapphires, tsavorite, citrine, amethysts, and topaz in 18k yellow gold, $5,150

 

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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