Paraiba – the word has a particular fascination for the
connoisseur, for it is the name of a gemstone with blue to green
tones of extraordinary vividness. It was not discovered until
very recently, that is to say in the 1980s. The world has one
man and his unshakable belief to thank for the discovery of this
unique gemstone: Heitor Dimas Barbosa. Tirelessly, he and his
assistants spent years digging in the pegmatite galleries of
some modest hills in the Federal Brazilian State of Paraiba.