This one-of-a-kind creation designed by Monica Kaufmann of Kaufmann de Suisse Jewelers and named,“The Paraiba Star of the Ocean Jewels” Necklacefeatures The Guiness Book of Records for world’s largest Paraiba Tourmaline – a natural treasure of signifant importance.
This majestic 191.87 cts. gemstone was first introduced to the markeplace by Mr. Vincent Boucher, Canadian financier, physicist, artist and President of Billionaire Business Enterprises Inc. 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 rarity.
Tourmaline crystals showing only one fancy color in addition to a flawless inclusion free nature are extremely rare, especially in such a 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 which mesmerizes with brilliance.
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 mines have been near empty since 2008. Additionally, only 50 kilograms of Tourmalines have been mined in the entire world.
In Rappaport’s October 2013 Rappaport Magazine, the authority on gemstone pricing, the price for Paraiba tourmalines larger than 10 cts had already escalated to beyond $100,000 per carat, and they stated that a ceiling price had not been established on the material because prices for these tourmalines would continue to climb. In Gemguide’s November 2020 wholesale pricing guidance sheets, extra fine Cuprian Tourmaline sell for upwards of $25,000 per carat and Paraiba Tourmalines wholesale for upwards of $60,000 per carat.
It is important to note that most gems are treated with heat or irradiation in a laboratory to improve the color or clarity of the stone however these processes effectively negate a stone’s inherent energies, or energy waves. In this divine 191.87cts Paraiba tourmaline, there have been no treatments made to the stone and it remains pure and unadultered – flawless.
It is always a rare opportunity to design and showcase a world-class gem, and my personal inspiration was the result of living in Palm Beach, Florida and becoming enamored with the beauty, strength and majesty of the sea. So much life is created beneath the surface, just as in the formation of this incredible Paraiba/Cuprian tourmaline. The brilliant blue-green color of the stone is symbolic of our oceans, whose health is inextricably linked with our own.
The oceans are the wellspring of life and connect us all – from microbe to mammal to man. The elaborate composition is a celebration of God’s unfathomable grand design and the interdependent nature of our planet, and how we all hang in the balance of it’s health and how we must respect her and each other. Each individual creature I chose was sculpted by hand to lie upon the delicate 18kt yellow gold coral branches from which it finds shelter and sustenance.
The myriad of colors and the diversity of all the the sea creatures mimics the diversity we find in nature.Multicolor precious and semi-precious stones are pave’ set into each sea creature, and include: pink, blue, yellow and orange sapphires, emerald, ruby, blue topaz, amethyst, tsavorite, rubellite garnet and diamonds. The total number of stones is 1,706 including one brilliant yellow canary diamond weighing 10.13 cts. and of course the mesmerizing Paraiba tourmaline. The exquisite yellow canary diamond gives life to the Paraiba Tourmaline Ocean as does the sun to the transparent blue ocean beneath. And then, the raison d’être, the core, the 191.87 cts Paraiba tourmaline, hangs delicately in the balance below the Canary Diamond sun – the perfect marriage of form and substance, of water and fire.
Owning this piece of art, this unique and beautiful rarity, will not only garner the admiration of all who will see it on the neck of your loved one, but with the near exhaustion of this gemstone’s mines, along with it’s incomparable size, natural, untreated color and transparency will make it a prizedpossession to be admired and cherished forever.