Blue is a color which is often associated with stability and depth. The color is used as a symbol for many stones. When it comes to gemstones, Paraiba Tourmaline is a gemstone which is mainly known for its turquoise blue color. The stone was discovered in the 1980s by Heitor Dimas Barbosa as he along with all his people spent many years at the hills of Federal Brazilian State of Paraiba and hence the name Paraiba Tourmaline.
This gemstone is quite rare. The stone is scattered at different places beneath the earth and even with the use of high tech method for extraction of gemstone makes it quite difficult to find the stone. You will be amazed to know that it takes about 2000 tons of earth in order to get 40 carats of the gemstone. Moreover, there are number of reasons like depletion of mines and the complex process of extraction of the stone are some reasons for its rare existence. It is therefore considered as one of the rarest gemstone of the world even rare than diamond.
Wearing a Paraiba Tourmaline is good for your health. The stone is used a healing agent for people suffering from intense physical stress. The stone makes a person mentally stable and aware. Moreover, it also activates the immune system of the body. One interesting fact about the stone is that, once a research was done on the gemstone and it was found that the gemstone helps to increase the metabolism power of plants and animals. Hence, the stone is not only known for its effect on the human beings bit also on the other living and non living things which exist on the earth.
The rays that are absorbed by this stone have a very calm effect on the nerves of the human body. Three-fourth of our body consists of water. By wearing this stone, the functionality of the tissues present in our body increases. Hence, the energy levels as well as the metabolism rate inside a person are increased.
It is due to the high cost of the gemstone that is cut in a particular manner. They are normally cut in to three shapes that are pear and oval shapes. It is the color of a Paraiba is the most important factor to determine its worth and not its size. Rectangle is the preferred shape for most of the modern jewelries that are made. It all depends upon the gem cutter as the type of shape he wants to give to the gemstone. In order to darken its color, the stone can be cut in a perpendicular shape also. On the other hand, to give it a light color it is cut parallel to the length of the crystal.
Some Paraiba Stones are too much dark colored in nature and they are not attractive in the market. For this reason the gem cutters sometimes cut it in a special way in order to make it visually appealing to the eyes of the customers. Such stones are priced much less in nature.