I think the term Paraiba should be reserved for the original source
unless qualified with a description such as Paraiba Like or Paraiba
Type Tourmaline It is my opinion for what it is worth that true
Paraiba Tourmaline is rare and should remain as such until such
time that it is proven differently
Greg, I couldn't agree more. Unfortunately, the people who decided
the issue didn't ask us, did they? In a way I suppose I'm lucky,
since I don't have hundreds or thousands of carats of the early
Paraiba material moldering away somewhere, losing much of its value.
Lucky also in that the price of that same material may actually
plummet to a range I could now afford.
In the end, though, my real concern is our industry and the
gemological community. Referring to the African material as Paraiba
really isn't fair, nor is it accurate, strictly speaking. Paraiba
tourmaline was named after the Brazilian state in which it was mined,
so this new find should be also be named after the region where it
was found. Or maybe after the person who discovered it, etc.
I'll be combing the gem & jewelry shows for firsthand peeks at the
new material. It's frustrating to merely read articles about it.
James S. Duncan, G.G.
James in SoFL