‘Newer’ Gems Dazzle the Market
This impressive new gemstone, discovered in 2001 in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan in the former Soviet Union, is halfway between peridot and blue-green tourmaline on the color scale. Tashmarine?, a member of the diopside family, ranges from slightly grayish-green to slightly yellowish-green. In its most desirable hue, this beautiful gemstone exhibits a brilliant, lustrous green unlike anything on the market today. Meanwhile, its dusty bluish green shades enhance many of today’s fashion colors.
Yet another new gem that has burst upon the market recently is Paraiba tourmaline. First discovered in Paraiba, Brazil, in 1989, this spectacular stone is noted for its sizzling turquoises, electric blues, rich twilight blues, and neon greens – the likes of which have never been seen consistently in any gem variety before. Exceedingly rare, Paraiba tourmaline in its finest state can command retail prices as high as $40,000 per carat. It has quickly become a favorite of jewelry designers for its wonderful, unique hues.
Then there’s tanzanite. Discovered in the East African state of Tanzania, near Mount Kilimanjaro in 1967, this exotic gem has since dazzled the jewelry world with its magnificent blues and regal purples. Tanzanite’s magical colors, as well as its rarity – it is only found in one special location in the entire world – have contributed to its mystique and have made it one of the most popular gemstones on the market today.