Monthly Archives: September 2014

Coming up for air while cutting a standard round brilliant.

After just finishing a real nice vivid yellow oval tourmaline of about 1 carat the cutting of a smaller pale green standard round brilliant does not get the audience excited. (I really live alone and the audience is my an … Continue reading

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Going down the drain with the last yellow tourmaline.

Beating a dead horse doesn’t get you down the road very well, but I have to say again that the amount of interesting tourmaline rough on the market is abysmal.  I have truly looked in every little bag etc. that … Continue reading

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The Quest to Save Laurellite, a variety of cuprian tourmaline with a reverse color changer

When a new and beautiful gemstone is discover you would think that there would be excitement and pleasure in seeing another expression of the beauty of nature.  I read about the ultimate in rarity in gemstones and see interesting, but … Continue reading

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The long and winding path to making a droplet of color

It has been most of a year since I first saw the piece of rough on the inter net and decided to buy it.  It was stout water worn section of a crystal that was both dichroic and blue green.   … Continue reading

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A job well done in ways that will never be seen.

I just finished a standard round brilliant that is about 8 mm in diameter.  It is a very nice bright pastel blue with an even field of inclusions.  The gemstone has good crystal, polished beautifully with no imperfections in the … Continue reading

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To sell or not to sell is the question and when.

The price of quality tourmaline rough has jump up along with a sharp reduction in its availability.  This has made it difficult to continue to cut significant tourmaline gemstones for the collection.  I am down to cutting mostly droplets of … Continue reading

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Cuprian tourmaline and the spectrometer

I have certainly written about my spectrometer and the testing I did to discover which tourmaline in my collection contain copper, but not in this focused a manner before.  I decided to write this discussion because there was a debate … Continue reading

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