By Moneca Kaufmann
I am extremely proud to introduce to the market a one-of-a-kind creation that I designed, named, “The Paraiba Star of the Ocean Jewels” Necklace. It features as its center stone the world’s largest Paraiba Tourmaline – a natural treasure of historical importance.
This majestic 191.87 cts. gemstone is certified by Guinness World Records as the largest cut Paraiba tourmaline on the planet. It has been placed by experts in the field amongst the rarest gemstones in the world, such as the Logan Sapphire, the Hope Diamond, the Golden Jubilee, the Alan Caplan Ruby, and the Cullinan Diamond.
Mr. Vincent Boucher, Canadian financier, physicist, artist and President of Billionaire Business Enterprises Inc., first introduced this stone to the market in 2009. His passion for world-class gems, and his desire to collaborate with a reputable and renowned design house, brought Mr. Boucher to Kaufmann de Suisse to create a handmade objet d’ art in which to present this significant gemstone.
The characteristics of the tourmaline category include a wide range of colors, and the word “rainbow” is often used to describe this group. Tourmaline crystals showing only one fancy color however, are quite rare, regardless of size. For Paraiba tourmalines, the traces of copper, gold and manganese are what differentiate it from other tourmalines and give it an incandescent neon-like color and inner glow.
Discovered in 1987 at the Batalha mine in the Brazilian state of Paraiba, this particular type of tourmaline is found only in a handful of places on earth, and often the crystals are broken, etched or heavily included and a flawless stone with a weight of 3 cts. is extraordinary. To illustrate the rarity of this gem – for every 10,000 carats of diamonds mined, there was only 1 ct. of Paraiba tourmaline mined, and don’t forget, mines have been empty since 2008. Additionally, only 50 kilograms have been mined in the entire world.
When originally introduced to the market in 1990 at the Tucson show in Arizona, the price was approximately $250 per carat at the start of the show and in only 6 short days, demand was so great that their price shot up to $2500 per carat.
In Rappaport’s October 2013 Rappaport Magazine, the authority on gemstone pricing, the price for Paraiba tourmalines larger than 10 cts has already escalated to beyond $100,000 per carat, and they state that a ceiling price has not been established on the material because prices for these tourmalines continue to climb.