The Paraiba Tourmaline is one of the world’s most precious tourmalines to date and, in deed, SLAVC is finding that the copper-stained dazzling blue tourmaline is a source of utter pride and joy. The Paraiba tourmaline is now considered the official gemstone of the SLAVC, with three Paraiba stones in its possession. Three SLAVC members donated them to the group, and they are in different shapes and cuts, but all in lively blue.
Unlike the SLAV, which was founded in the late 1960s, the Paraiba tourmalines were not commercially sold until 1989, when they were mined in the hills of Paraiba, Brazil. Other Paraiba tourmalines were subsequently found in Mozambique and Nigeria and were sold commercially to the United States in 2003 and 2005, respectively.
The Paraiba is just one member of the world’s tourmaline family. Other tourmaline family members are known as the Pink Tourmaline, Green Tourmaline, Rubellites, Indicolites, and Multicolored or Watermelon Tourmaline. The Paraiba tourmalines are the world’s most expensive tourmalines because they rare than diamonds and hold a higher proportion of gold than the earth’s surface (0.007 parts per million against 8.6 parts per million). But of course, what makes the Paraiba tourmalines the rave among jewelers is their unique glow, which has been described as “electric” and “neon”, and all the other adjectives in-between. They are, not surprisingly, expensive. A stone can command as high a price as $5,000 to $60,000 per carat. When set in Jewelry a Paraiba Tourmaline ring can be quite stunning.
SLAVC And The Parariba
Members of SLAVC first got hold of the Paraiba when one member showed off a loose stone at a meeting. It was given to him as a present from his son. It so happened that two other SLAVC members also have Paraiba loose stones placed securely in their pockets. Needless to say, the meeting veered away from the agenda when all the other members marveled at the Paraiba stones’ beauty, thus making it a symbol of joy and aliveness for the veterans whose lives were sapped during and after the Vietnam War.
But of course, we need to say that the Paraiba stones in SLAVC’s possession are nowhere near as expensive as the most expensive Paraiba stones.