Largest Cut Paraiba Tourmaline- Ethereal Carolina
sets world record
MONTREAL, Canada -- Montreal financier Vincent
Boucher is the owner of the the Ethereal Carolina
Divine Paraiba, a Paraiba tourmaline with a mass of nearly
192 carats and valued at between $25 million and $125 million-which
sets the new world record for the Largest
Cut Paraiba Tourmaline.
tourmaline is one of the rarest jewelry gems in the world;
favored by the connoisseur collectors; and showcased by the
elite jewelers worldwide.
There is one Paraiba tourmaline (named for
the Brazilian region where the vast majority are found, including
Boucher's) mined for every 10,000 diamonds, and Boucher pointed
out only a total of 50 kilograms of the gem have been recovered
to date. The previous Guinness World Record holder
for the Largest
Cut Paraiba Tourmaline was Grand Tang’s 51.77 carat
Although valued at between $25 million and
$125 million, what the 36-year-old company CEO called a “perfect
and flawless stone” isn’t for sale - yet.
"It is so rare, it's only for collectors," noted
Moneca Kaufmann, manager of the Kaufmann boutique.
Vincent Boucher wants his Billionaire
Business Inc. to become as known for coloured gemstones as
De Beers Diamond Jewellers Ltd. is for clear precious stones.
He has had the Ethereal
Carolina for six months and declined to say how much
he paid for it.
Carolina is part of the Planetary Collection held
Business Enterprises Inc., the firm the former Canadian
Space Agency employee founded in 2000 with his own money. Vincent Boucher's answer to WRA's
question about this canceled interview: "The interview
was cancelled because they couldn’t believe they had the real
stone in their local TV studio!! It was indeed the real stone.