Monthly Archives: November 2013

I wouldn’t call this anything, but mahogany or maybe golden brown, oval#299

Brown was suppose to be brown and then I got into mahogany.  Now I am seeing storage boxes with golden brown on the back and I see the most wonder rich sultry mahogany under my yellowish florescent light.  I check … Continue reading

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A medium tone level brown to brownish orange oval.#298

This oval has a normal depth and lighter medium tone level than most of the dravites in this tray.  It goes more orange brown from brown in my yellowish light, but it doesn’t reach beyond a rather watery presences.  It … Continue reading

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Golden brown to brownish orange either way it is still beautiful. oval#297

This long ratio oval is cut as shallow as the pavilion can be made with good optics and with a respectable crown.  Its color slides around brown and can be golden or quite orange, but still a dravite.  It appears … Continue reading

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One tall order of pure peach pink delight. oval.#296

When an oval is as deep as this gemstone is, you get pulled right down into its flashy depths.  And this is no tall tale either.  The proof is in looking at the pavilion and seeing a “super nova” cut … Continue reading

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It has never been prettier riding the edge of red, oval.#295

This oval has a rather self effacing personality.  She has too high a tone level, with its reddish implications, to be a hot pink and not quite enough size or tone level to be a red.  Still she rides the … Continue reading

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Darker pink with a touch of purple, oval.#294

This nice sized, medium plus tone level, pink has a purple wash.  It is slightly included in the pavilion, next to the girdle.  The inclusion does not  flash  and with this ovals rich tone level, I can not see it … Continue reading

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Prized Plume almost did not get baked in my pudding, purple red oval.#293

A large water worn pebble was offered for sale and was not getting any takers.  It has a reddish color with an overtone of purple, but its tone level was dark.  Now I don’t have any of my stone treated … Continue reading

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Big Red is my name, Red is my game, Nigerian Rubellite Oval.#292

I will give you a hint.  This large, 9.98 carat medium dark oval is red.  It originated in Nigeria and made a trip to South Africa before showing up in Mars.  Never needing to offer itself on the inter net, … Continue reading

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A golden dichroic oval that is eye candy.#290

I like bright medium gold, like this oval has, in the tray.   It doesn’t need bright light or even being that awake to pick it out and appreciate it.  This oval has a significant amount of dichroism.  The paler … Continue reading

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A tourmaline for those who like chocolate diamonds, oval#288

Now I haven’t looked at a large number of “chocolate” diamonds, but this dark flash driven golden brown beauty seems to fill the bill for me.  The oval appears to be eye clean and with its table, cut perpendicular to … Continue reading

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Mixing yellow and pink for a peach oval.#287

This oval has a tender balance of color that I like to call dynamic.  Depending on the light some tourmalines certainly shift and even change color.  I think that it has not gotten the big play that Alexandrite gets is … Continue reading

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The steam has been building and this is a hot pink oval.#286

This hot pink oval is in the zone and ready to grab you eye.  It appears to be eye clean and has fine crystal.  It is probably was part of a terminus since I see some  parallel banding, when I … Continue reading

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A classic Rubellite, inclusions and all.#285

This oval is a pure Rubellite, a treasure trade name for truly red tourmaline.  It has the inclusions, which in this case make little difference in the appearance of the gemstone.  It has the dark tone level, but in this … Continue reading

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Medium dark tone level pink with a touch of purple, oval.#284

This oval appears to be very slightly included.  Again the inclusion have no effect on the beauty of the gemstone. It has fine crystal, but its medium dark tone level and touch of purple moderates the stone’s flash.  It is … Continue reading

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This slightly included oval is in the red and doing well.#283

This is a great red tourmaline.  It has the color and still has a medium dark tone level that is not too dense  to flash and sparkle.  This is nice and rare,  Between the flash and the medium dark tone … Continue reading

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A medium toned purple with significant flaws.#281

This standard round brilliant is typical of the type of cuprian tourmaline that became available after the world was introduced to its beauty.  About half of it is clean and flashy while the rest is so included that it obstructs … Continue reading

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Dichroic orangish pink oval with a bright clean look.#280

This is a nice bright flashy oval that is some combination of pink and orange.  It is not dominated by brown and appears to be eye clean.  The dichroism shows up as slightly darker ends, but is not that important … Continue reading

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Brown did you hear me, I said brown, but not dull, oval.#279

I think this good sized oval is one of only two gemstones in the collection that deserves to be just called brown.  It is obviously dichroic with its table being cut perpendicular to the principle axis (c).  The a/b axis … Continue reading

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Desatured orange I call mahogany, oval.#278

I usually don’t go too far over the edge when it comes to naming tourmaline’s colors and I have brown on this stone’s storage box, but the gem is too nice for such a bland term.  This desaturated brownish orange … Continue reading

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Dichroic orangish pink oval#277

This oval has darker ends and is obviously cut from dichroic material.  Still the medium tone level does permit any problems with flash.  The pink tends to dominate the richer toned ends while the orange tends to dominate the middle.  … Continue reading

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peach and pink with a dark modifier oval.#276

I guess because of the complexity of generating orange in tourmaline, nature has produced many desaturated hybrids that are not particularly attractive.  I have been told that titanium is the cause of many of the less than desirable shades with … Continue reading

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This oval is a bit of a raspberry, but not a thorn in my side.#275

Pink to red in tourmaline comes in the full array of shades probably only matched by lipstick colors.  I hope to use my spectrometer to get a better understanding of its nuances.  This darker, raspberry pink has just a touch … Continue reading

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Dichroic medium toned pink with purple enrichment, oval#274

This pink is more complex than the average highly saturated pink gem.  Its purple shade both darkens it and makes the color more dynamic.  The ovals medium plus tone level and touch of purple reduces the flash level to a … Continue reading

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Medium light pastel pink with great transparency, oval#273

The radiating flash of this nice pink oval seems to be very far from the table due to the gems great transparency.  The gem has a medium light tone level and the pink might have just a speck of peach … Continue reading

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A pink with the brawn to make a statement oval.#272

This moderately toned pure pink oval has a slightly flatter crown than usual.  This makes a greetings that draws you into a wonderfully flashy and pure well of color.  And for those lovers of tourmaline and those who would like … Continue reading

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Copper and Manganese made a Lady of Her, round#271

I am not a great believer in luck, but there are times when you’re game plan works out.  My game plan with the collection was not to secure the best investments or even the prettiest tourmaline, but to chase color.  … Continue reading

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Eye candy alert, orange tang on the menu, oval beauty.#270

Some colors do not need much to get me going.  Orange is one of them.  An influential tourmaline expert once wrote that he questioned whether orange was a naturally occurring color in tourmaline.   It certainly has not been a big … Continue reading

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A bit of a brown shade on this richer golden oval.#269

This golden oval is a rich medium color with a wash or two of brown on it.  Still it is not dominated by brown, but I would call it a dravite.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine … Continue reading

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Brown, long ratio oval, table perpendicular to principle axis. cuprain #268

I like this oval’s color.  It is the closest to a pure brown in the collection.  I does approach brown from the yellow side, but it has no pretenses of having a fancy name.  It has a nice even color, … Continue reading

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More gold in them thar hills, slightly included oval.#267

I am impress with the level of saturation of the gold in this oval.  Not a touch of brown or green anywhere to be seen.   It is slightly included, but is still a bright sparkling gemstone.  It does not … Continue reading

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Slightly included oval of medium toned pink glory.#266

This oval has a well saturate pink color in a medium tone level.  It is slightly included without damage to the beauty of the gem.  Its brightness is definitely above the normal, but not quite hot, but I am pretty … Continue reading

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Nice sized oval in a fine medium tone level pink.#265

After looking at pink after pink because of the way my son organized about half the trays in the collection, it is surprising to think how rare a fine pink is in the world of gemstones.  Put that on top … Continue reading

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A pink oval with a touch of purple punch.#264

This bright sharp pink oval looses nothing from its touch of purple.  I realize that violet  overtones in pink tourmaline is not as highly esteemed as the pure pinks, but I like the little bit of different look.  The oval … Continue reading

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A shield cut with whole wheat goodness.#263

Wheat is a good word to describe a pastel, slightly brownish, yellowish, peach color because it covers such a large range of colors and sounds nutritious.  This large shield cut is certainly tasty.  It is not dichroic at all and … Continue reading

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Medium pastel pink round that can carry its weight.#262

I really like my lightly toned pastel tourmalines.  They aren’t expected from tourmaline and I love to surprise people with their beauty.  But they must be kept clean in jewelery because they can not carry the piece by their color … Continue reading

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Hot red round with a flatter crown.#261

Some stones I have cut are certainly more memorable than others.  This one grabs my eye every time I look at this tray so it is easy not to forget the compromise I made in cutting it. Two thirds of … Continue reading

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A deeper richer golden yellow oval that demands respect.#260

This golden oval is a darker breed of golden yellow, but it is still very open with its medium tone level.  It is not dominated by drown and I would still  not call it a dravite, but I am sure … Continue reading

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Simply a great sparkling golden oval.#259

This stone will not brook with anything to do with color shifting or changing.  It has a pure 24 karat, golden heart.  It also appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  Since it does not have even a … Continue reading

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Golden brown shaded with orange oval.#258

This oval has a flatter crown and a nice open look.  Looking into it gives a fine flashy view that appears to be eye clean.  There is enough red in the golden brown that it drifts toward orange, which probably … Continue reading

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Light toned pastel peach oval.#257

This oval has a lightly toned pastel peach color that is stable.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  Nice properties lead to a bright flashy gemstone.  It weighs .82 carats. Bruce

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Medium toned purple pink that shifts to orange pink droplet of color.#255

Don’t pigeonhole me cried the purple pink to orange pink with a desire to be a red droplet of color.  The effort to attain individual attention and independence continues in the ranks of the orange red tribe.  They have become … Continue reading

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Pastel baby pink, sharp oval.#256

This pink oval appears to be eye clean and could not have a better, sharper crystal like appearance.  It has a light tone level and weighs 1.34 carats. Bruce

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A fine medium light oval with three rows of steps.#254

It takes a bit of effect to climb the three rows of steps that lead up to the table on this larger oval.  But went you get there, you see a great pool of pink with just a little scatter … Continue reading

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Nice oval with fine properties for a middle of the road pink.#253

Out side of a somewhat flatter crown, this oval is straight down the pink runway.  When it landed, it came out eye clean and with a fine sharp look.  It weighs1.10 carats. Bruce

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Another peach to pink mascaraed, sliding color, round.#252

I ran into many more blue to green sliders in the collection than I ever expected, but the variety that is really spooking me is the unstable pink/red to peach/orange.  This is another gemstone that does not agree with the … Continue reading

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Peachy pink and ready to roll, round.#251

This one of those troopers that never expects to be notice, but it is a little joy.  It is mostly pink with a touch of peach, but the main interest in the stone is its sharp, high quality crystal look.  … Continue reading

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Gold to Green color changer, Dravite the species oval.#300

In my opinion this is a true color changer.  I have run into a few on the inter net, but this is the only one in the collection.  I did not realize that I had a another type of color … Continue reading

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A fine orange round that is lightly toasted and brilliantly brewed.#950

Need new picture This orange standard round brilliant has an impressive substantial look to it.  This is not a watery drink filled with sugar, but a brew that deserved to be sipped.  You can see right to the bottom of … Continue reading

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An exceptional, red purple emerald cut with punch.#949

I have not been particularly enamored with many of the purple reds that I have seen.  The purple cast seems to produce an overly dark tone level that limits flash.  Well this emerald cut stands above all that.  It is … Continue reading

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Deeply cut, brilliant, medium pink round.#948

This is a beautiful gemstone.  It appears to be eye clean and has exceptional clarity.  I cut it with horizontally split mains on the pavilion that both darkens its medium tone level and produces a nice flash.  This pink is … Continue reading

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Significantly included, Laurellite, cuprian, round, Mozambique#947

This standard round brilliant has a nice purple color in daylight, but its flash is significantly lessened by it feathers.  I say daylight with the purple, because it is a Laurellite.  Laurellite is a name I gave to a new … Continue reading

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Great blue pink bicolor from Afghanistan.#947

This emerald cut is a beautiful gemstone.  It has a body that is a little over half pink with the remainder blue.  Both pastel colors have a great medium light tone value.   It appears to be eye clean and of … Continue reading

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Included, Oval, Laurellite, Cuprian, Elbaite from Mozambique.#945

This oval was actually the first Laurellite that I cut.  It is not as colorful as her sister #944, since her color change goes from purple to more of a grayed blue, but she set me up to take action … Continue reading

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The Laurellite “discovery” gemstone. Cuprian tourmaline from Mozambique#944

This GEM, exceptional gemstone, started my path in helping discover copper bearing tourmaline from Mozambique.  I gave her, Laurellite, as a name that is based on my older daughter’s name, because this exceptional, new variety of Elbaite, deserves a pretty … Continue reading

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After the ball was over. Large, blue purple, cuprian, Laurellite oval#943

Prior to the discovery of copper bearing tourmaline in Mozambique I had a ball.  I was seeing blues, purples, and greens like never before, at prices that I could afford.  I also had a good connection to Afghanistan and their … Continue reading

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Mahogany, brown orange, droplet of color.#940

Now what is in a name.  Too much I am afraid.  This standard round brilliant is a pretty gemstone.  It appears to be eye clean and has fine crystal.  Its medium dark tone value still permits the stone to be … Continue reading

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Bright slightly included baby pink round Afghanistan#746

This is a nice round with a medium toned baby pink color.  It is slightly included and weighs. .68 carats.  It came from Afghanistan. Bruce

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Bright pastel baby pink round. Afghanistan.#741

This bright baby pink round is slightly included.  It came from Afghanistan and has fine crystal.  It weighs .86 carats. Bruce

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Achroite it is by a hair, oval.#740

Voting on whether an almost colorless tourmaline is an Achroite of just a member of the IceT group can get political.  This very nice eye clean oval might just have enough to be a very very weak wheat, but the … Continue reading

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Lightly tone baby pink round from Afghanistan#739

This round is slightly included and comes from Afghanistan.  It is bright and sparkly.  The lightly tone baby pink is very nice.  It weighs .89 carats. Bruce

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Slightly included baby pink round, Afghanistan#738

Nice sharp and bright slightly included baby pink round.  It came in a lot from Afghanistan and I have cut quite a few of them.  They work well in jewelery as long as you keep them clean.  It weighs .91 … Continue reading

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Slightly included non dichroic blue green oval#737

This is a very nice and rather different blue green oval.  It has a medium tone level and has a uniform color and tone level because it is not dichroic.  It is slightly included beside the girdle, which has no … Continue reading

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This is a bright flashy pastel orange or peach oval#236

This is a beautiful pastel orange that I call peach.  It has a richer medium tone level than many peaches.  The oval has a longer ratio and appears to be eye clean.  It appears to be eye clean and has … Continue reading

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Eye clean pale blue round from Afghanistan.#735

This round is one of the better blue pieces that I got in a lot I bought from Afghanistan.  It is not only visibly blue, which is better than most of the blue halves of bicolors that broke apart, but … Continue reading

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lightly toned baby pink tourmaline round, Afghanistan#734

This baby pink round is slightly included.  Its light tone value makes a bright sparkly gemstone.  It is from Afghanistan and weighs 1.03 carats. Bruce

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Lightly toned baby pink, slightly included round, Afghanistan.#733

The rough for this round came from Afghanistan in a lot I purchased years ago.  It started out as part of bicolors that broke apart and I also got some very pale blue/achroite pieces in the same lot.  This slightly … Continue reading

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Lightly toned, baby pink, included round#732

This is a very nice piece of baby pink tourmaline from Afghanistan.  It is very flashy and came in a lot with many other pink and pale blue pieces of rough that use to be bicolors, but broke apart.  This … Continue reading

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A yellow green bi color that appears to be eye clean, emerald cut.#450

I love this stone.  It is a wonderfully subtle, but effective mixture of about 2/3 medium toned green and 1/3 quite pale yellow.  It is as bright as an emerald cut can be with superior crystal and the complete lack … Continue reading

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Flawed, medium light, non dichroic, pastel blue green emerald cut.#449

This is a nice sized emerald cut that is not dichroic and has a medium light tone level.  It has fine crystal, but a couple of residual radial flaws spoil the stone clean flashy look.  When I see this amount … Continue reading

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Green IceT all around for this highly transparent emerald cut.#448

This pale green emerald cut is not dichroic and without any problems with its cleanliness or crystal.  I would honestly think this was a beryl or maybe even a greened quartz before I would guess a tourmaline.  With successful polishing … Continue reading

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Hexagonal cut, lightly tone level, vegetable juice green#447

I have seen a light tone and this rather flat green before and I have shied away from calling it a vegetable juice green, but this stone color is filled with the juice, in my mind.  I tried to bring … Continue reading

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slightly included, green powerhouse, emerald cut, Afghanistan#446

Viva La Afghanistan and its tourmaline.  This hunk of an emerald cut is pure tourmaline heaven. Now it is slightly included and I can see those pesky disturbances in the force, deep in this flashing well of green, but it … Continue reading

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An eye opening golden green emerald cut.#445

I knew there was something “funny” with this emerald cut as soon as I focused on it.  It has golden green on the storage box, but color was not that big a deal with this mostly green emerald cut.  I … Continue reading

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This is a GEM, exceptional gemstone, sea foam, emerald cut.#444

Now I knew that this was an exceptional gem, but it was in a different tray than the other sea foams, so I never really compare it with them.  Now, thanks to this effort in posting (2013), I have all … Continue reading

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closed ended with poorer crystal, flash driven blue emerald cut.#443

The emerald cut is an Indicolite, because its blue flash does not drift toward green.  It has decent flash that seems to be inhibited by poorer quality crystal.  Having closed and steeply cut ends doesn’t really effect the stone.  It … Continue reading

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Well saturated yellow green, medium plus tone level emerald cut. Namibia#442

I like this gemstone.  It has too rich a tone level, at medium plus to really stand out in the tray without help, but it has such a classic yellow green tourmaline color when I help it, that it makes … Continue reading

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Well saturated, medium dark tone level, blue green emerald cut, Namibia#441

This solid, established member of the tourmaline community appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  The emerald cut has steeply cut ends because they are closed.  Its well saturated, medium dark tone level, blue green color does shift … Continue reading

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Open ended medium tones blue green emerald cut.#440

This is the type of emerald cut that is not rare in the collection.  It probably came from Afghanistan and is very pretty without being overtly flashy.  It is completely open and is probably eye clean.  There really is nothing … Continue reading

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Bright, medium tone, pastel blue green emerald cut.#439

This emerald cut is only slight dichroic and has a nice, evenly bright, medium pastel blue green color.  It appears to be eye clean and has fine crystal. Even with all of this going for it, the stone is fine, … Continue reading

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A very bright, non dichroic, medium toned, emerald cut. cuprian.#438

This pastel green with a touch of blue, emerald cut stands out in the tray of green emerald cuts.  It has a great medium tone and a very bright eye clean look.  I discovered that this gemstone has copper in … Continue reading

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Golden green, olive medium plus tone level emerald cut.#437

This closed ended emerald cut has a nice medium plus tone level.  Its color is golden green on the storage box, but I would probably call it an olive green.  It appears to be eye clean and have fine crystal.  … Continue reading

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Rather dull yellow green closed ended emerald cut.#436

This stocky emerald cut has closed ends, but has a good amount of flash.  In the daylight its color definitely has a bronze, brownish cast in the medium dark plus toned, yellow green color.  But this is a gemstone that … Continue reading

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Barion cushion cut, dichroic, blue green, yellowish green colors, Afghanistan.#435

This is a nice Barion cut that works well with open ended tourmaline, that has enough depth to cut it without excessive weight loss.  The green c axis dominates the cushion while the blue a/b axis fills in the sides.  … Continue reading

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Smaller emerald cut with dichroic green and yellow green color.#434

This emerald cut has normal angles and an open yellowish green c axis.  The a/b axis is a medium green and the overall tone level is moderate.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It came from … Continue reading

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Semi open ends with a flatter crown, green emerald cut.#433

This stone appears to be open on the ends and I cut it with the normal angles.  Still the c axis ends lack the expected transparency.  The flatter crown gives the stone a wide open look.  It appears to be … Continue reading

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Completely open, bright blue green emerald cut, Afghanistan#432

This is another winner from Afghanistan.  Its yellower c axis sparkles in the end and the bluer a/b axis dichroic color makes for a touchdown.  As usual the stone has great transparency.  It appears to be eye clean and weighs … Continue reading

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Open ended bright, medium toned, green emerald cut, Mozambique#431

Looking at this bright medium toned emerald cut reminds me of my problem with propagating flaws in the green Mozambique material I got about ten years ago.  This gemstone has a quite visible, residual, radial flaw flashing at me.  I … Continue reading

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Straight lace blue with open ends, emerald cut.#530

Many of the blues that I have and love have either a rich sapphire blue look or sing of the tropical waters.  This straight laced blue follows a more stalwart path to success.  It does not play with green much … Continue reading

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Bare dichroic, medium toned, slightly bronze, green emerald cut.#429

This emerald cut is oriented with the c axis and its bronze color across the stone rather than in the ends,like the vast majority of emerald cuts.  Since the stone is barely dichroic in tone values, the bronze color and … Continue reading

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Barely dichroic, medium toned, blue modified green, emerald cut.#428

This emerald cut has a sophisticated green that plays a bit with blue.  It is completely open and barely dichroic.  Still it is not eye candy and it may have just a touch of gray to keep it in line.  … Continue reading

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Open ended flashy emerald cut with a bit of olive in the color.#427

This is a nice smaller emerald cut with normal ends and a good amount of flash.  The c axis is sort of a olive bronze that gives the stone a below average color.  It does appear to be eye clean … Continue reading

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Beautiful completely open dichroic green emerald cut. Afghanistan#426

Now I love a great green in a closed ended, emerald cut, but when you see the true potential of green tourmaline in a completely open gemstone with mixing dichroic colors, it is big step up.  Afghanistan again claims the … Continue reading

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Semi closed ended, spicy green emerald cut#425

This spicy emerald cut with semi closed ends is pretty flashy for an emerald cut.  It appears to be eye clean and have fine crystal.  It has a medium tone level and weighs 1.24 carats. Bruce

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Slightly included average green emerald cut with closed ends.#424

This smaller emerald cut is slightly included, but has fine crystal and is unaffected by the inclusion.  It has closed ends and with steep angles.  It has an average, medium dark tone level,  green color and weighs 1.20 carats. Bruce

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Average green, closed ended, emerald cut.#423

This gemstone is a middle of the road green emerald cut with closed ends.  It appears to be eye clean and has nice crystal, but the color is not exceptional.  It weighs 2.89 carats and has a medium dark tone … Continue reading

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Hexagonal cut green tourmaline.#422

This gemstone was an experiment in cutting a “hexagonal cut”  in a moderately toned, bluish green tourmaline.  The shape of the gemstone and its crown are the same as an emerald cut, but the pavilion is angled toward a culet.  … Continue reading

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Great green, closed ended, medium dark, emerald cut.#421

This stocky emerald cut looks rather like an octagon with the corners cut off so much, because of the steep angles on the ends of the stone.  But it seems to produce a great showing of this gems superior flash … Continue reading

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Usambara effect, chrome chromophore, green emerald cut.#420

I will be posting more on the usambara effect in tourmaline, but I will focus more on this specific gemstone in this post. It is always a pleasure to discover something new about tourmaline and then to discover something unexpected … Continue reading

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Lightly included, pastel yellow washed with green, oval. cuprian#419

This is another gemstone that I did not buy as cuprian, but my spectroscope uncovered the proper absorption curves.  It is very clean for a cuprian tourmaline from Mozambique, with only a very few light inclusions that do not effect … Continue reading

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Sharp crystal like clarity, green, closed ended emerald cut.#418

I stopped a moment to try and come with a better description of what this stone looks like (including other eye clean and well saturated greens.).  Just saying that it is probably eye clean or with fine crystal doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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Very bright bronze and green, dichroic, emerald cut.#402

The posted stone, emerald cut, 1.13 carats. Older cut stone, round, .83 carats  Same material. I like a stone like this very bright emerald cut.  It has a very good green c axis color and a more muted bronze a/b … Continue reading

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Closed ends with normal angles, green emerald cut.#415

This small emerald cut has normal angle even though it has closed ends.  It does show darker areas at each end of the emerald cut and the flash is different.  It still has a nice green flash and can be … Continue reading

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Closed ended with classic yellowish green color, emerald cut.#414

This emerald cut is an excellent representative for its class of tourmaline.  It has the following properties. 1,  Strongly dichroic, with a closed c axis. 2, Well saturated slightly yellowish green a/b axis. 3, Cut with steep ends to minimize … Continue reading

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Medium light tone, blue green color with significant flaw, emerald cut#412

This bright open blue green emerald cut has sparkle in the ends.  It has a more shift in its color than the more common yellow greens which is pleasing.  Unfortunately this gemstone appears to have failed and there is a … Continue reading

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Well saturated green with a touch of blue, closed ended, emerald cut.#411

If I was an emerald, I would want to look like this green with a touch of blue tourmaline. (like many synthetic emeralds).  The tone level of medium dark along with being eye clean and with fine crystal blows many … Continue reading

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Well saturate, eye clean, closed ended green emerald cut#406

This emerald cut is the best you can cut from the world of small highly dichroic green tourmaline crystal that nature has produced.  It has the typical well saturated yellow green in a medium tone level, which is good for … Continue reading

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Closed ends but a great green emerald cut.#410

This emerald cut has steeply cut ends, but that doesn’t stop the a/b color from being exceptional.  Its beauty is helped by being eye clean and with fine crystal. It medium dark tone is very rich and smooth.  It weighs … Continue reading

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Small emerald cut saturate green color and open ends.#409

This is about as small as I have ever cut an emerald cut.  It weighs .33 carats and is a dandy little open ended and well saturated green gem.  It also appears to be eye clean. Bruce

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Fine, medium toned, green emerald cut that is not visibly dichroic.#408

This is a beautiful, well saturated green emerald cut that is not visibly dichroic.  It appears to be eye clean and with excellent crystal.  Its completely open ends with the same color and tone values as the sides of the … Continue reading

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Dichroic medium light yellow green emerald cut.#407

The ends of this emerald cut are a deeper yellow green, while the body of the gemstone is a medium toned green.  It is a nice open gemstone that is only moderately dichroic.  It weighs .60 carats. Bruce

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Steeply cut ends on a well saturated green emerald cut.#406

The emerald cut has normal ends because it has open ends.  Its well saturated green color is is bright and flashy.  It appears to be eye clean and with great transparency.  It weighs 1.20 carats. Bruce

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Steep ends on a semi closed, well saturated, medium toned green emerald cut#405 cut.

This emerald cut has steeply cut  ends because it has semi closed ends.  Its well saturated medium tone a/b axis color is very nice.  It weighs .72 carats. Bruce

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Well saturated, eye clean, green emerald cut.#404

This green emerald cut has a well saturated color.  It appears to be eye clean and has almost open ends which helps make it flashy.  It weighs .64 carats. Bruce

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Included green emerald cut with closed ends.#403

This face up visibly included green emerald has a nice clean color. It has a medium dark tone level with closed ends.  It weighs 1.18 carats. Bruce

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Snappy green classic green emerald cut with semi closed ends#402

This small emerald cut is quite flashy considering that its ends are semi closed.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  The medium toned, snappy green a/b axis is what really makes this gemstone.  It weighs 1.13 … Continue reading

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Almost square, completely open, green emerald cut, Afghanistan.#401

This is a beautiful almost square emerald cut from Afghanistan.  Its medium tone level is a little high for sea foam, but it is in the same blue green family.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal. … Continue reading

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Included, medium light toned, blue green oval.#1200

This is the last of the four ovals that I cut from a large included piece of rough.  I have written about cutting this stone on another post about cutting included rough, if you would like to read more about … Continue reading

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Peach pink, eye clean, oval#1199

This oval appears to be eye clean and has fine crystal.  It medium light toned pink with a touch of peach color is bright and flashy.  It weighs  1.48 carats. Bruce

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Slight included, bright golden yellow, droplet of color.#1198

This standard round brilliant is slightly included, but still bright and flashy.  It color is a joy and its body has very good transparency.  It verges on to an orange in some lights.  It weighs .74 carats and is a … Continue reading

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Long ratio, narrow, blue emerald cut.#1197

This long ratio and slender emerald cut has closed ends.  Still the long ratio minimizes the darkness and the stone has a medium toned blue flash.  It appears to be eye clean and weighs .64 carats. Bruce

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Spicy yellowish green medium plus tone level, emerald cut

The long ratio of this narrow emerald cut minimizes the closed ends and put forward a nice medium plus tone level of spicy green.  It appears to be eye clean and weighs.1.32 carats. Bruce

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Pink touched with orange droplet of color.#1195

This standard round brilliant appears to be eye clean.  It is bright and flashy and has just a touch of orange in its pink world.  It weighs 1.72 carats and is a fine addition to the droplets of color. Bruce

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Bright medium light sea foam oval from Afghanistan.#1194

Sea foam is another color variety that will go out of my way to try and get as much out of it as I can.  This small oval is too small to really get the full effect of the lightly … Continue reading

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Small oval Namibian blue#1193

I don’t cut this small an oval very much anymore.  For most colors a simple standard round brilliant and a ticket into the droplets of color is enough.  But with  a nice piece of Namibia blue, I go for the … Continue reading

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Included purple oval with blue areas, Mozambique, cuprian#1192

This oval is pretty heavily included and the inclusions do effect its crystal quality and flash.  Still it has the rare color purple and the added interest that it has blue areas in the gemstone.   This stone pushes the cleanliness … Continue reading

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Nice medium toned slightly included emerald cut.#1191

This emerald cut is dichroic with semi closed ends.  It has a good amount of flash, but is not eye clean.  It has a slight radial feather that is on one side of the table, on the long side.  The … Continue reading

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Pale pink oval with frisky yellowish spot.#1188

This rough for this gemstone is from Nigeria and I have seen quite a bit of it.  The body is a nice pink, but some faces of the crystal have a yellowish green layer on them that appears to have … Continue reading

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Included, dichroic, medium dark green trilliant cut.#1187

Now I am not saying the I prefer included stones, to the pure joy of bright, flashing, eye clean perfection, but some inclusions don’t bother me as much as they use to.  This trilliant has a great dichroic green.  But … Continue reading

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Longer ratio pink oval, with sleek look of three rows of steped facets crown#1186

Sometimes all the parts add up to more than any individual part is valued.  This oval appears to be eye clean with fine crystal, nice medium pink color and a longer ratio cut with a crown of three rows of … Continue reading

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Gray with blue flash round, Mozambique#1185

The purchase of the rough for this standard round brilliant shows a bit more discipline on my part than my earlier days.  The dealer had gotten a lot of a tourmaline with a different color that is never stated.  It … Continue reading

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Included, long ratio, bright blue green, medium toned, oval.#1184

This is one of the ovals that I cut from a large piece of included rough.  This stone has a moderate amount of inclusions, but is still bright and flashy.  I have posted about cutting this oval in a post … Continue reading

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Really sharp pastel yellow oval has been claimed by the IceT group.#1183

It was a close call, but the official ruling is that this yellow is both free enough of green, to be just a pale yellow and at the same time an IceT pledge.   The stone has three rows of step … Continue reading

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Baby pink is slightly included but sharp, droplet of color. Afghan.#1182

This is a nice example of baby pink this is slightly included, but with  great crystal.  It is well saturated and has broken the ranks of the droplets of color.   So another baby pink is crown with the droplets blessing.  … Continue reading

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Medium light tone blue green dot of color#1181

This blue green dot of color is bright and has a medium light tone.  It wished that it was bigger at .20 carats. Bruce

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Medium toned blue green dot of color#1180

This standard round brilliant is a very nice medium tone level, pastel blue green dot of color.  It appears to be eye clean and bright and weighs .20 carats. Bruce

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Chrome green dot of color#1178

This chrome tourmaline has a nice flash driven green color.  It weighs .20 carats. Bruce

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Blue green pastel dot of color.#1179

This standard round brilliant is a nice medium pastel dot of color.  It is quite and bright and appears to be eye clean.  It weighs .18 carats. Bruce

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Chrome tourmaline, flash driven green round.#1177

This dark green dot of color has a flash driven green color.  It is called chrome tourmaline despite the fact that it is probably colored by vanadium.  It weighs .20 carats. Bruce

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Dark green chrome dot of color.#1176

This dark green dot of color has some flash driven color.  It is called chrome tourmaline despite the fact that it is probably colored by vanadium.  This standard round brilliant weighs .17 carats. Bruce

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Emerald green dot of color.#1175

This small standard round brilliant is cut from chrome tourmaline.  It has a bit better tone values than the other five green dotes of color on the same tray.  It weighs .20 carats. Bruce

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Chrome green dot of color.#1174

This small dark green, but with good flash, round is called chrome tourmaline.  It has a different feel to it than green Elbaite the most common form of green tourmaline.  This dot of color weighs .16 carats. Bruce

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Green dots before your eyes, chrome dots of color (6)#1173

Dark, but with a very nice flash driven emerald green color.  This chrome tourmaline is one of six rounds that I cut from the last of a dealers inventory.  Chrome tourmaline has a different presence than green Elbaite and you … Continue reading

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Included medium toned pastel blue green oval.#1172

This is one of four ovals that I cut from a large included piece of rough.   I describe the work in another post that discusses the cutting of included rough.  I hope that you would read that for more details … Continue reading

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Included medium toned pastel blue green oval.#1171

This oval was cut along with three other ovals from a large piece of included rough.  I have gone into quite a bit of detail about their cutting in a post discussing cutting included rough.  So I would see that … Continue reading

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Lightly toned, icy blue and eye clean droplet of color.#1170

This is one cool stone of icy blue without a gray cast.  It appears to be eye clean and of fine crystal.  I think that few people would think that it is an indicolite because it not dichroic in the … Continue reading

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Fully open, slightly dichroic, spring green emerald cut.#1169

Over the years of cutting green tourmaline with every degree of darkness down the c axis,  I have really come to appreciate an emerald cut like this one.  It is slightly dichroic, but the c axis is wide open and … Continue reading

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Really a tourmaline? Purple green bicolor, round.#1168

First of all, cutting a round out of a bicolor is not the “normal” way of bring the best out it.  But the rough was unbalanced and so stubby that to cut an emerald cut would not show the colors … Continue reading

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Another round of blue from Namibia for everyone, dot of color.#1166

This is a pretty little blue standard round brilliant.  It appears to be eye clean and came from Namibia in a lot that proved to be unstable.  The dot of color has a medium tone level and weighs .27 carats. … Continue reading

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Achroic, colorless round from Afghanistan#1167

This standard round brilliant is colorless and without inclusions.  It came from Afghanistan and really does produce  some of the purest tourmaline in the world.  The biggest draw back to colorless tourmaline, as a gemstone, is its lack of dispersion, … Continue reading

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A bright tang orange trilliant with zoning.#1165

This bright orange trilliant with a crown made with two rows of step cuts, looks like it was cut from a terminus because of its triangular zoning.  It has a great bright tang orange without brown overtones.  It is a … Continue reading

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Included and flawed, but still a laurellite, cuprian, Mozambique#1164

The list of problems in the title makes this stone sound worse than it looks.  The flaws are not under the table and the inclusion/poor crystal is not bad enough to stop the standard round brilliant from flashing.  So this … Continue reading

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Another blue dot special from Namibia#1163

If you can keep dots of color on the dop stick, they can be fun to cut.  I went to a diamond dopping wax years ago, that is just about pure shellac and have never regretted it.  I now use … Continue reading

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Exceptional Rubellite Unique to the Collection Round.#1162

Deeply cut bicolor, colorless crown, red pavilion, 6.60 carats. Nice longer ratio emerald cut with bright red c axis, 4.51 carats This is a GEM, an exceptional gemstone.  It has everything including a secret.  But first a question.  How do … Continue reading

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Deeply cut round with a sparkling yellow green glow#1161

This is a pretty little gemstone.  The split horizontal mains on the pavilion of this eye clean round give an added bunch to the great medium toned yellow green color.  As usual this yellow green seem particularly bright when compared … Continue reading

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Pink center and blue ends makes a different oval.#1160

A unique gemstone in this collection must have a interesting story.  I cut away a good part of this oval’s story, when I preformed this oval.  It had been a rather flat section of a watermelon tourmaline with a pastel … Continue reading

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Closed ends does not make a dull green tourmaline, emerald cut#1159

This emerald cut is alive with nice flashes of classic yellow green color.  It does have completely closed ends, and is cut with steep ends, but it never was too dark or dull.  It appears to be eye clean and … Continue reading

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An included round from the sea.#1158

This is an old stone that is so included that it sat away from the collection for years.  Still when I was getting the collection in order for this website and photography, I looked it over again.  And I still … Continue reading

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Dichroic, but open ended snappy green emerald cut.#1157

This emerald cut has a little less than a medium tone level to set off a yellowish green to bluish green, flashy, color.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It is only mildly dichroic and has … Continue reading

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Long ratio oval in peach.#1156

This long ratio oval has that modern look of three rows of step cut facets on the crown.  It appears to be eye clean and have fine crystal.  Its pastel peachy color is quite pale and drifts into straw in … Continue reading

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The elusive color of yellow green in the oval.#1155

At times I have used the word “dynamic” to discuss color in tourmaline excessively.  But thinking back threw the posts I have written for my site, I have not used the term that much.  Maybe it is because the pictures … Continue reading

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A Namibian blue reaching to be a droplet of color.#1154

My principle dealer out of Africa usually does not offer individual tourmalines that are less than 5 carats in size.  He offers the smaller material in lots.  The posted bright blue that is going to be just big enough to … Continue reading

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Small, closed ended, blue to blue green emerald cut.#1153

This is a pretty emerald cut that has a very nice medium dark toned blue to blue green color.  It has closed ends and steep angles on the ends.  It weighs .72 carats.  It appears to be eye clean. Bruce

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A black that is dark green emerald cut.#1152

This is a stone from the old days that I decided to store with the collection.  Then thinking about it, if I want as broad a sample of color/intensity/tone as I can get, I should include it as a permanent … Continue reading

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Part of the lot of Namibia blue dots of color#1151

Small rounds are fun to cut, but you work for what you get.  There are not too many colors that I would push a round down this small, but a great medium toned blue, like this dot of color, is … Continue reading

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Moderate pale green droplet of color from Brazil#1150

This standard round brilliant is moderately included.  Its minty green body produces a reasonable amount of flash.  I bought the rough in a lot from Brazil and it was some of the first material I cut, when I was getting … Continue reading

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Included peach pink droplet of color, Brazil#1149

This round was not permitted into the collection for many years because of its heavy inclusions.  I had purchased the rough from Brazil when I started cutting again and loved the color, but couldn’t really cut a clean stone.  The … Continue reading

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Best blue in the house goes to Namibia, droplet of color#1148

Now it is the policy of the house is that the judging of color be done without regard to size, cleanliness or country of origin.  This standard round brilliant won the coveted title of best blue on its own merits. … Continue reading

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Moderately included spring green droplet of color.#1147

This standard round brilliant has a nice , spring green,  look despite its moderate inclusions.  Its medium tone level is much in demand with the droplets of color.  It weighs 1.36 carats. Bruce

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Namibian blue dot of color.#1146

Another fine stable blue from Namibia that is a dot of color.  It appears to be eye clean, but may not be stable enough to set.  It weighs .35 carats. Bruce

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Long ratio, semi closed ends, spicy green emerald cut.#1145

I went to college in Colorado in the late sixties from New Jersey.  Besides being introduced to many delicacies of western fare, I ran into Mexican food for the first time.  When I asked my “friends” which salsa I should … Continue reading

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Rolling in dots of blue Namibian tourmaline.#1144

Namibia gets my vote for blue in tourmaline.  It may not have the neon look of Paraiba, but I keep finding room in my collection for it.  This dot of color is bright blue and stays blue even in my … Continue reading

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Open ended and medium toned, green emerald cut.#1143

This emerald cut appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It has open ends and a fine medium tone level.  It green color is interesting as it is a bit different than most green tourmaline.  Just another example … Continue reading

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Heavily included pale green emerald cut. Brazil#1142

When I  first got back into faceting after a long hiatus, I bought mostly small sized, inexpensive, cutting rough, much of which was junk.  The lot that the posted gemstone came from was Brazilian and had tourmaline with three distinctly … Continue reading

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Standout Dichroic blue green oval#1141

Most of my later, higher number trays, are a mixture of gems as I cut them and not the ordered field that my son put together after the last Carnegie Museum show.  With the desire to post information about every … Continue reading

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Slightly included pastel golden orange emerald cut.#1140

This tourmaline looks a lot like a topaz I cut years ago.  The emerald cut has a nice medium light tone level with darker, but not closed ends.  It flash very nicely and is only slightly included.  And the color … Continue reading

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Blue toward green color shifter, closed ended, emerald cut.#1139

This longer ratio emerald cut is blue in day light, but makes a strong sift toward green in my yellowish light.  It appears to be eye clean and has good crystal.  It dark tone level and closed ends makes the … Continue reading

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Great blue green with a few visible growth tubes oval.#1138

I really like this medium plus tone level of bright blue green color.  The gemstone has one fault. There are a few quite visible growth tubes deep in the culet that parallel the sides of the oval.  I remember thinking … Continue reading

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Included pale gray oval#1137

This gemstone is just another little step to cover the world of color in tourmaline.  Its pale gray color is rich enough to keep it from being achroite, but doesn’t give it much life.  It is noticeably include in one … Continue reading

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Darkly toned, dichroic blue green oval.#1136

The ends of this long ratio oval are darker than the middle of the oval because it is dichroic.  Both colors work together well and are nice shades of blue green.  The gemstone has a number of faint inclusion and … Continue reading

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Included, rich, hot pink, oval#1135

This is a great piece of eye candy.  This oval is hot and even if a bit more than the hoped for level inclusion are there, they just do not come threw the rich pink flash.  It is surprising that … Continue reading

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Pure tourmaline magic, Blue capped pink bodied round.#1134

Blue cap round from face up. Blue cap round, more from the side. I set out to cut a different stone from a different piece of rough this time.  Blue capped tourmaline crystals are some of the most beautiful and … Continue reading

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Medium toned, blue green, dichroic gemstone is a droplet of color.#1133

This standard round brilliant has an interest mixture of the two dichroic colors of blue green and yellow green.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It weighs .54 carats and is a droplet of color. Bruce.

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Dark blue with limited flash blue dot of color.#1132

This dot of color is as small as I have cut them.  It has a rich blue color, but seems to suffer from a lack of transparency that I have seen in other blues.  Still with its small size of … Continue reading

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Included pink dot of color.#1131

This standard round brilliant is included.  It has a nice medium toned pink color that is enough to be a dot of color.  It weighs .26 carats. Bruce

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Another unstable pink peach oval has been sighted.#1130

Even before I set up my yellowish light and let the natural light into where I am posting, pinks, peaches, reds and oranges have been betraying me.  I examine them after they have been cleaned and placed in their storage … Continue reading

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Add two thirds pink and one third gray together and you get a nice bicolor.#1129

This emerald cut is pure tourmaline in its bicolor nature.  About two thirds of the length of the long ratio emerald cut is a nicely saturated, medium toned pink and the rest is a balancing patch of gray.  It makes … Continue reading

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Something different for my last bit of strawberry, round.#1128

One advantage of practically running out of rough to cut, is the discovery of stray bits of past accomplishments with the interest and time to cut them.  This small round is NOT a standard round brilliant.  The stray bit of … Continue reading

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Included, medium toned, blue dot of color.#1127

Sometimes I can tell when a stone has been a real problem and this is one of them.  It is pretty included and such a small size that i am sure that its destiny did not start out that way.  … Continue reading

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How many Namibian blues does it take to make a lot, as many as I can get#1126

I think that doing all the posts for my new web site has caused me to reflect on some of my purchases.  I seem to have a selective memory or lack of it, when it comes to how many small … Continue reading

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A nice medium toned green dot.#1125

Now what does it take to be a fine dot of color besides a determinative size?  The rich enough tone level to be seen and a fine color.  This standard round brilliant has both and has been accepted. ( Since … Continue reading

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Summing up the parts, beautiful yellow green shield cut.#1124

With all the difficulty and expense of getting natural tourmaline rough, it makes me wonder sometimes why I just don’t cut synthetic.  I don’t believe in any mystical force of nature or the healing power of natural gemstones, but I … Continue reading

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Included hot pink emerald cut.#1123

  When I was in college I played a lot of duplicate bridge after the first year or so of study.  I had to lean a lot of rules and got better at the game.  But after some time I … Continue reading

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Another winner, pale yellow green, deep round.#1122

I feel a growing acceptance of a new force in the round world.  It the tourmaline rough meets the following criteria, it may end up being cut with a split horizontal main pavilion and a modified step cut crown. 1,  … Continue reading

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Slightly include hotter pink oval#1121

This medium toned pink oval is hotter than most, but I would not call it a hot pink.  It is lightly included which is typical of tourmaline in the hotter richer pink range.  It is still a bright flashy gemstone … Continue reading

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Medium toned blue, dot of color, Namibia#1120

This is a pretty medium toned blue standard round brilliant.  It is from Namibia and makes a fine dot of color,  It weighs .22 carats. Bruce

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Barion cushion cut with step crown, browned orange.#1119

This a beautiful stone that is unique in the collection.  It is a dravite because of the brown overtone, but it is most unusual because it is only slightly dichroic.  The principle (c) axis is only a shade or so … Continue reading

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Classic blue green emerald cut tourmaline.#1118

There, I have brought up the fact,in the title, that this beauty which screams tourmaline when you look at it, is a tourmaline.  I think you may have been surprised by the world of color in tourmaline as you brows … Continue reading

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Lavender without copper, grayed and slightly included, emerald cut.#1117

I love purples derived from copper and manganese in tourmaline, but I never wanted them to be my whole purple world.  Therefor I have set sail many times on the quest for any purple with a challenge, are you out … Continue reading

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Peach with a pink shadow, dichroic emerald cut.#1116

This is a classic tourmaline gem.  An emerald cut with richer ends and a blend of two colors peach and pink.  I confess that I would cut emerald cuts even if the rough wasn’t ideally suited for them, at times, … Continue reading

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Namibian blue, classic dot of color.#1115

There are not many colors that I would cut in such a small round anymore.  But I go the extra mile with a great Namibian blue.  A combination of medium tone levels and great transparency helps my beloved blue, just … Continue reading

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Medium light toned, two step on the crown, oval.#1114

This middle of the road pink oval does have a bit of a modern twist.  It has  two rows of steps for the crown.  I have begun to cut more of these because they have been well received.  It is … Continue reading

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This pastel oval is in the pink and should be babied.#1113

This medium lightly toned baby pink oval is a nice size.  It appears to be eye clean and has fine crystal.  Now all this could indicate a gemstone from Afghanistan or Nigeria, but that can not be proven by its … Continue reading

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Flash, deeply cut round almost save from being brewed by the IceT group.#1112

It has been a while since I have discussed the IceT group, which is a far right splinter group in the color world of tourmaline.  The group’s goal is to provide support and comfort to a select group of tourmaline … Continue reading

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Deeply cut medium pastel green round.#1111

This delightful gemstone owes much of its interest to the increased depth and bright flash created by a different cut, than the standard round brilliant.  This cut consists of eight horizontally split mains for a pavilion and a modified two … Continue reading

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Darker blue green round with reasonable flash. Droplet of color to be.#1110

This standard round brilliant appears to be eye clean and has reasonable flash for a darker gemstone.  One that likes the sun and an intimate glance.  The blue green components of the stones hue are well balanced.  It weighs .86 … Continue reading

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Eye clean and hot enough to flash, round.#1109

This very flashy standard round brilliant has a nice pink color that is pretty hot in my yellowish light, but calms down a bit in the light of a new day.  It appears to be eye clean and without chipping … Continue reading

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Limited flash in a blue green round.#1108

This standard round brilliant has a darker tone level and nice color, but limited flash.  I don’t see a lot of heavy inclusions, but I don’t think it has very good crystal.  Also I think that this stone may be … Continue reading

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peach pink medium lightly toned emerald cut.#1107

You can see that this gemstone is a slight dichroic peach pink.  The ends of the emerald cut are slightly darker than the sides, but the gemstone is very open.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  … Continue reading

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Slightly included baby pink droplet of color.#1106

Needs picture 1106 This medium light toned baby pink is bright and flashy.  It is just slightly included and came in a lot from Afghanistan years ago.  I have cut many of them between working on bigger projects.  This one … Continue reading

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What can I say, I like even gray, in the color world of this round.#1105

I was once looking threw a list of gemstones and their colors presented by the Gem Institute of America GIA.  I always like to see which colors are not included in the list of colors for tourmaline.  The most notable, … Continue reading

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Long ratio, hot pink pool with sparkles on the ends, oval#1104

This oval has as long a ratio of the length to the width (1.5 times) that I cut.  The oval cut that I use,which is a lazy oval meet point design, although I don’t cut it in a completely meet … Continue reading

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There is no cure for the Namibian blues, beautiful, small, emerald cut.#1103

Do I like to cut, large length to width ratio emerald cuts?  Not really.  Do I like to cut skinny emerald cuts?  Not really.  But when it comes to desiring top quality blues from Namibia I gladly go the extra … Continue reading

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Deep, well saturated, pastel yellow, round.#1102

I have posted enough of the collection by now for my loyal readers to realized that yellow is a passion of mine and probably the scarcest well saturated primary color in my collection.  I am talking about yellows that have … Continue reading

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Apple green, medium toned, oval, Mozambique#1101

This is a beautiful gemstone.  The discovery and production,from a location in Mozambique of apple green rough, from which I recently cut (2012) this stone, appears to have had world wide repercussions.  This is according to a recent article by … Continue reading

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Nice, middle of the road, eye clean, Nigerian, pink round.#50

This is the type of gemstone that needs to be on its own, to impress someone.  It is at least eye clean and very bright in its garb of medium toned, average pink pastel color, but that is not enough … Continue reading

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A special pink from Mozambique, cuprian.#49

The story you are about to hear is true and no names  will be mention to protect the innocent if there are any. I had just purchased one of the most important pieces of rough I will ever be blessed … Continue reading

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Flatter crown and a richer tone level purple pink, round.#48

Well looking at this gemstone closely for flaws/inclusions has brought back a memory.  It was soon after I started cutting gemstones after a long hiatus and I was new to the inter net.   I dealt with most American dealers that … Continue reading

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A great red GEM from Nigeria, round#47

Well this is my vote for the best Rubellite/red in the collection.  I have bigger ones with great color and I have smaller ones with great color.  Some are brighter and flashier than others and some have cleanliness problems.  They … Continue reading

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Bright, eye clean, medium toned pink round.#46

This standard round brilliant is a nice large pink that really has not problems.  It probably came from Nigeria and my yellowish light really ignites it into a spice pink.  In sunlight it is a much more of a medium … Continue reading

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Eye clean darker pink with purple highlights, round.#45

A flatter crown helps this standard round brilliant stay flashy with a darker toned pink with purplish highlights, color.   It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It weighs 2.72 carats. Bruce

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Dark pink with a bit of purple cast, low level flashing round.#44

Need picture 44 This dark pink with a purple cast, that does not come from copper, appears to have a transparency issue.  This is probably because the standard round brilliant was cut with its table perpendicular to the principle axis … Continue reading

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Medium toned purple with a bit more pink round cuprian.#43

The rough, for this  standard round brilliant, was probably heated to lighten its original dark reddish purple color.  The heating gradually reduces the reddish component in the color.  This medium toned, lavender pink round is eye clean and with fine … Continue reading

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A medium tone purple with pink passion, round, cuprian#42

This standard round brilliant was probably heated to lighten its original, dark reddish purple, color.    The dark reddish purple tourmaline was the only really clean material, originally found at Mavuco, Mozambique.  This excellent example of purple tourmaline with a … Continue reading

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Lightly toned well saturated lavender oval, cuprian#41

  The rough for the lightly toned lavender was cut from a large dark purplish red nodule that had been heated to lighten it.  It would have probably gone completely light blue if the heating continued.  The blue is from … Continue reading

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A baby pink round with a white feather in its crown.#40

This is baby pink round from Afghanistan that I have produced in quantity from a lot I bought years ago.  It has a nice color, but it is always included.  This 1.85 carat standard round brilliant has a much more … Continue reading

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Medium dark pink soup with an orange shadow, round.#39

This gemstone is part of my first tray in the collection.  My son organized it after the last show the Carnegie Museum ever gave with gems and minerals.  He brought together many red/pink rounds from over the years.  Many of … Continue reading

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Medium dark tone , a close call, but its a red, round.#38

This is the type of red/pink tourmaline where it depends on the size of the gemstone, whether it is red or pink.  A one carat size stone would certainly be a rich pink while a 10 carat size would be … Continue reading

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A red world to explore, included round.#37

It is easy to see the mission that I accepted when I started to cut this flash driven, dark red round.  Cut a standard round brilliant with the proper angles on the pavilion, but a lower crown while keeping the … Continue reading

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Just you average hot pink standout, round#36

Sometimes it is hard for a great stone to show its stuff in the collection.  Surrounded by a lot of competition is hard on the ego.  It can also make the decision about what is a reasonable choice for a … Continue reading

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A hot rich pink round that is a real flasher.#35

This hot pink rides on the edge of red without needing more than a medium tone level.  It is included as you would expect, but I can only see a small area of white non-flashing inclusions close to the girdle, … Continue reading

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A touch of purple goes a long way dark purple pink round.#34

This standard round brilliant appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal, still it is not a flashy gem because of its dark tone level.  The case grows stronger that whatever causes pinks to get a purplish cast, it … Continue reading

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Another hot pink on the color screen, round#33

Now declaring a hot pink or not a hot pink is a personal matter that I have to make. I actually return a lot of pink rough years ago because I did not think that the pink was that hot.  … Continue reading

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A prize from the past, middle of the road pink round.#32

I can tell from the markings on the storage box that this standard round brilliant was cut in the early stages of my rebirth in lapidary.  It is a fine trooper, with a decent medium toned pink that is eye … Continue reading

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Historic lavender deeply cut round, Mozambique, cuprian#31

This round has a horizontally split main pavilion and a deep crown.  This helped produce a stronger medium light tone value in the first lavender tourmaline I had ever seen.  The stone is eye clean and with fine crystal. This … Continue reading

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Eye clean baby pink round from Afghanistan.#30

The rounds keep rolling around the collection.  Pink comes from every large area of tourmaline production in the world.  This baby pink, medium light toned stoned is classic Afghanistan.  They have really pure, brightly colored tourmaline there with very few … Continue reading

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A round with a flater crown, average included pink.#29

This is a nice stone, but not exceptional when compared with the rest of the collection.  It does have a flatter crown that makes it a bit different, if you know what you’re looking for and look close enough.  (You … Continue reading

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A red sails in and interest rises in this round.#28

Yes we yet have another standard round brilliant that has won the jackpot and been declared a red.  It has the dark tone value of the usual red, but is missing the inclusions so there is a good chance that … Continue reading

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A hot one in the hole, slightly included pink round.#27

I am sure that it takes a variety of factors (known and unknown) to make a great hot pink round.  I can do my  best, but some pinks are hot and some are not.  This is one of those hot … Continue reading

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A flatter crown helps open up a darker pink round.#25

This darker average pink is helped to flash with a flatter crown.  Its broad flashes are a decent color that is helped by an eye clean body.  Even with all this the stone is not a particularly flashy gem because … Continue reading

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A dark sultry pink that wants to be red droplet of color.#24

It is dark enough for a pink to sink into red, but it keeps floating above the color level.  It appears to be eye clean and seems to have a slight overtone of purple.  This would help explain why this … Continue reading

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Eye clean and with a richer medium toned pink, round.#23

If this was the first richer medium toned pink round I had seen with such a good cut, I would be very pleased to expound on it.  But it is not, and this average beauty has learned to roll with … Continue reading

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A unusally light toned purple pink round.#22

This medium lightly toned round is a purple shade different than the abundant pinks all around it.  The standard round brilliant appears to be eye clean and with good crystal, yet it is not exceptionally flashy when compared with similar … Continue reading

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Hot pink with a couple of growth tubes round.#21

I love this stone.  Every time I check out this tray, the stone jumps out at me.  It has a very clean body except for a few growth tubes.  Growths tubes form inside a crystal of tourmaline when something interrupts … Continue reading

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A clean baby pink wrapped in crisp flash, round#20

It is nice to see a pink that is both a baby hue and clean of inclusions.  This soft pastel sparkles, but has a limited ability to handle bright lights like all pastels.  It weighs .88 carats. Bruce

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Medium light tone, average pink round#19

This standard round brilliant misses the eye clean goal with just a couple of touches of inclusions.  They are completely innocuous and only fit to show that this medium light toned pink is genuine.  The pink hue is well saturated … Continue reading

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Surrender pinks a slight included red round steps forward.#18

Well I have drawn the line in the sand and this nice standard round brilliant red has been confirmed as a red.  Its commonly occurring flaws are light and really just make a little of the body a bit hazy.  … Continue reading

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Medium plus tone level and slight inclusions droplet of color.#17

The droplets of color have been waiting a while for a nice richer pink to fit into their group.  This slightly included standard round brilliant is just such a stone.  As usual this variety of tourmaline is at least slightly … Continue reading

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Slightly included bit darker medium toned pink round.#16

This standard round brilliant has a nice pink color that is only slightly darker than a medium tone.  It has a slight inclusion next to the girdle that doesn’t effect the beauty of this 2.08 carat bright, flashy stone. Bruce

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A moderately included, average pink that is really not average, round#26

When I label a tourmaline a moderately included, average pink, gemstone, I am comparing it with my collection and not with what is available commercially.  I think that my collections level of cleanliness is much better than commercially grade stones … Continue reading

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Dark toned pink that appears eye clean, round#15

Most pink reds that slide into red are darker toned like this standard round brilliant.  But this moderately flashy round is still very pink even though it has a dark tone.  It appears to be eye clean and have decent … Continue reading

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Nice, eye clean, average pink droplet of color#14

Where would the collection be without a multitude of troupers, small stones with reasonable properties, but nothing different.  It would be much smaller and I would have run out of material to cut a long time ago.  This is one … Continue reading

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A pink trouper for the droplets of color.#13

This is a pretty average standard round brilliant.  Its color is a bit redder than average, but not much.  It has the expected inclusions, but the cut is still a bright pleasant medium pink.  It weighs 1.09 carats the places … Continue reading

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Purple pink with a nice medium tone level, droplet of color.#12

I have seen problems with a lack of transparency in pinks that have a purplish cast.  So it is really nice to have this beautiful standard round brilliant that is completely open and eye clean with a spicy color. It … Continue reading

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Medium toned, lightly included lavender droplet of color, cuprian #11

I love lavender tourmaline and can turn a very deaf eye to their inclusions.  But with this standard round brilliant I don’t have to.   It has some fine scatter, a but it is pretty transparent and flashy.  The color has … Continue reading

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Slightly included pink pastel round from Afghanistan.#10

This standard round brilliant is one among many rounds that I cut from a lot I bought from Afghanistan years ago.  The lot included both very pale blue and a more moderate, light pink, haves of bicolors that all broke … Continue reading

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Bright medim toned pink droplet of color.#9

This standard round droplet of color is a little fireball.  It is very transparent and appears to be eye clean with fine crystal.  Its bright, flashing, medium level properties would present a pretty face in any piece of jewelery.  It … Continue reading

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Well saturated rich pink with slight inclusion, droplet of color#8

This standard round brilliant has a slight inclusion that does not effect the beauty of the stone.  It is brighter than many pinks and has a better more saturated color.  It weighs .77 carats and is a fine medium toned … Continue reading

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Red/Pink, how little it takes to sway me, great droplet of color. #7

If you have read many of my posts about pink tourmaline, you will see that pink is the most common color, by far, that is suitable for making rounds.  So I am a bit jaded when it comes to many … Continue reading

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richer toned medium pink droplet of color.#6

This standard round brilliant is a nice ring size.  Its tone level is a bit higher than medium because of its larger size.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  This makes a flashy gemstone, but not … Continue reading

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Hotter slightly inclued pink droplet of color.#5

This standard round brilliant pink is getting hotter.  It is only slightly included and with good crystal.  That, along with a medium tone level makes a bright flashy stone.  It weighs .79 carats and shines in the pool of the … Continue reading

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Good saturation in a medium dark toned pink droplet of color.#4

In working with color, the word saturation is not how deep the color is, but rather how pure the color is.  That is how much gray hinders the color.  Most if not all of my pinks have a good saturation, … Continue reading

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Average darker pink droplet of color.#3

It appears that this medium dark pink droplet of color is eye clean.  It still does not reach the flashing heights of the hot pinks, but would stand up better to bright lights and bit more soiling than the pastels.  … Continue reading

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Included medium pink droplet of color.#2

This pink standard round brilliant may have a touch of purple in its color.  I see one feather between the table and the girdle, but there are probably more light inclusions, because this is a color that is generally included.  … Continue reading

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Eye clean with good crystal, lavender droplet of color, cuprian#1

I usually don’t advertise the gemstones cleanliness in its title, but with cuprian tourmaline it is a question with every stone, no matter how small.  I am sure that I purchased the rough and finished the standard round brilliant before … Continue reading

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Nobody, Laurellite and the GIA.

In this post I will try and give you my point of view on the events that lead to the discovery of copper as a chromophore in gem quality tourmaline from Mozambique by the Gem Institution of America (GIA).  I … Continue reading

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Cutting a flawed but not an impossible dream.

In the world of my dreams, the tourmaline runs large, colorful and clean.  This is certainly not the world I  live in and I am not sure that I would want to cut in it either.  I remember a documentary … Continue reading

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Walking the stone, a rite of passage. A Laurellite moment of a lifetime.

I purchase most of my tourmaline rough off of the inter net and the color rendition of the rough is not the best to say the least.  When I get the rough, I may have emotions about its color and … Continue reading

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