Tourmaline is a droolworthy gemstone, highly sought after for its unique range of colors. There are red/pink, blue, bicolor and so on. But the best known is the watermelon tourmaline for obvious reasons. So there was considerable drooling involved when I stumbled upon Jen of JenVolkodavDesigns' work.

This passionate jewelry designer only works with gemstones and precious metals. She designs with different gemstones but her boho style tourmaline pieces really stands out.

Some of her designs, like this one below,  incorporate beautiful Brazilian tourmaline slices.  She sometimes uses AAA grade gemstones. Brazil is a major source of tourmaline.

The most desirable tourmalines are Paraiba tourmalines from Brazil which are intense blue to green - colored by copper.  Here is Jen's design with a bluish-green (a delicate seafoam color) Paraiba tourmaline :

Jen also has a Paraiba tourmaline creation where the slices are a rare combination of blue, cream and pink :

Check out this great article, Tourmaline Buying Guide by Richard W. Hughes. He said, "The prices of tourmaline vary tremendously, depending on the variety and quality. Most expensive are the ParaĆ­ba tourmalines, which may reach tens of thousands of dollars per carat. Chrome tourmalines, rubellites and fine indicolites and bi-colors may sell for as much as $1000/ct. or more. Other varieties are available for prices between $50–750/ct., depending on the richness of the color."

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