Paraíba’s Tucson Connection

You didn't have to travel to Brazil to find Paraíba tourmalines, according to Steve Cantar, owner of the Jade Gallery in Denver, Colo. Every Brazilian dealer in Tucson seemed to have nice 2-, 3-, or 4-ct. Paraíbas to offer. Neal Litman, a gem dealer from Burlingame, Calif., says there's been new mining activity at the original Paraíba mine site for a year. It has also been noted that new deposits close to the original deposit are producing similar colored-by-copper tourmalines, some of which—judging by what was labeled "Paraíba" in Tucson—appear to be slightly less "electric" in color than the original deposit material. Many "Paraíba" (colored-by-copper) tourmalines are heat-treated to produce the vibrant greens and blues. Cantar did find a filled Paraíba in Tucson. He explains: "So I'm at yet another Brazilian's booth with yet another display of larger Paraíba tourmalines
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