Mozambique Tourmaline; super-star-stone or just over-ripe hype??
By Richard W. Wise, G.G. [c] 2006
A recent find of cuprite (copper colored) tourmaline from
Mozambique is making a lot of waves among gemstone dealers and
Reportedly these gems come from an alluvial deposit near
Mozambique’s Alto Ligonha. Region. One source tells me that the water
born material is essentially mined out a statement that should always
be viewed skeptically. The source of these river pebbles is yet to be
found. This same source suggests that the entire production may be
less than 50 kilograms of rough stones.
Is Mozambique the new Paraiba?
Much of the material cuts eye clean gems. Unlike the original
material from the now famous So Jose da Batalha mine in the Brazilian
state of Paraiba and two similar Brazilian locations which yielded
mostly visually included smaller gems, the Mozambique cuprite is
larger and a number of eye-clean 20-60 carat stones have been cut.
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