Color Controversy

If this year's gem extravaganza in Tucson Ariz., this past February—33 gem shows in 38 venues—could be symbolized by a single stone, it would be the Mozambique Paraíba. With colors ranging from bright minty green to intense robin's egg blue, with a few teals and lavenders thrown in, the Mozambique Paraíbas were a hit, much to the chagrin of those who still had some (but not much) of the original Brazilian material. That's because the name Paraíba has officially shifted from a gem locality to a gem variety, courtesy of CIBJO (World Jewellery Confederation) and LMHC (Laboratory Manual Harmonization Committee). The Mozambique Paraíbas were not only a hit but also a source of controversy. The best Mozambique color still does not match the best color from Paraíba, Brazil; but with little or no output coming from the old São José da Batalha mine, and the lower cost of the Mozambiq

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