Gifts for the Jewelry Enthusiast: The Tourmaline

A radiant and rare Cuprian tourmaline shines in this enchanting ring A radiant and rare Cuprian tourmaline shines in this enchanting ring

Enchanting, colorful, luminous. Tourmalines have long enjoyed a history of high regard and importance. Initially confused with other gems, the Tourmaline was not recognized as a distinct mineral until the 1880s. Today, this exceptional gem is prized for its unique beauty and brilliant array of colors, making the tourmaline a jewel of high distinction and timeless elegance.

Pink tourmalines of this color and size are incredibly rare and highly prized Pink tourmalines of this color and size are incredibly rare and highly prized

The name “tourmaline” comes from the word “tormalli,” meaning “mixed gems.” It’s a term Dutch merchants applied to the vibrant, multicolored stones that miners found in the gem gravels of Ceylon, present day Sri Lanka. Variety of color, by far, is one of tourmaline’s most fascinating characteristics. This resplendent jewel is found in nearly every color of the rainbow­–from the warm red of elegant Rubellite tourmalines all the way to the neon blues exhibited by rare Paraiba tourmalines. It is nearly impossible to see a tourmaline and not be astonished by its animated, vivacious hues.

An incredible 22.64-carat green tourmaline makes a statement in this cocktail ring An incredible 22.64-carat green tourmaline makes a statement in this cocktail ring

Of all the colors that the tourmaline comes in, pink is the most sought after. This pink, rosy-hued Cuprian tourmaline ring exhibits all the qualities that make up an outstanding stone. Distinctive in style and impressive size, this 9.99-carat jewel is encircled by 0.89 carats of white sparkling diamonds. To add to its importance and rarity, the tourmaline is certified as having received no traces of heat treatment, making the appearance of the stone completely natural. Cuprian tourmalines are known for their incredible brilliance and eye catching qualities. This Cuprian ring exhibits exactly that, rivaling the vibrancy of all other gemstones. Set in a classic platinum and 18K gold setting, this exceptional cushion-cut tourmaline is one of the most sought after gemstones.

Displaying the deep blue-green hue for which Tourmalines are so loved, this stone is a rare find Displaying the deep blue-green hue for which Tourmalines are so loved, this stone is a rare find

The range of colors of tourmalines can also be exhibited by deep greens. This 22.64 carat green cushion-cut Tourmaline cocktail ring not only displays impressive size, but incredible color and boldness. The extremely desirable deep green hue dazzles impresses. Rivaling even the very best of emeralds, this stone boasts monumental importance. Set in an elegant platinum setting, this stone is surrounded by 1.10 carats of white diamonds and is characterized as a true treasure.

Truly a jewel of tremendous variety, exceptional gemstone-quality tourmalines command great attention on the market. Those displaying the sumptuous color, clarity and size as those found in M.S. Rau Antiques’ selection of rare jewels are some of the finest tourmalines to be found anywhere and will make for the perfect Holiday gift.

 

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