Tourmaline came to fame when a Spanish conquistador confused a green tourmaline crystal with and emerald in Brazil in the 1500s. The confusion over the identity of this stone remained until the 1800s.
The name tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese word for “mixed gems”.
The earliest reports of it existing in California were in 1892. Most of this California supply was shipped to the empress of China, who was especially fond of the color. In 1912, China’s economy collapsed and the shipment of tourmaline to China stopped.
Tourmaline became popular again in the 1980s and 1990s because of its color.
- Auction ends January 28
- Size: 8
- Material: 10k white gold
- 4 diamonds for a total of 0.02 CTW of diamond
- 3 tourmalines for a total of 1.06 CTW of tourmaline
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