Monthly Archives: November 2015

Learning from a strongly dichroic, vivid blue round, tourmaline.

One thing you learn early in the tourmaline game is that you can not cut a practical gemstone without including at least some principle axis (c axis) color.  An emerald cut with steep ends, on the order of 70 per … Continue reading

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How I have come to love the right kind of imperfections in tourmaline.

Everyone desires and admire the perfect tourmaline with a wonderful vivid color.  But how many times do you find such a tourmaline and if you did, could you afford it.  And finding and affording quality tourmaline seems to become harder … Continue reading

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Researching a bright blue green round that I just finished cutting.

The rough was expensive and that is understandable when it is glowing blue green tourmaline.  When it arrived I immediately recognized a nice piece of sea foam tourmaline with a medium tone level.  It had a stronger yellower c axis … Continue reading

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Snappy medium pastel gold with a sip of orange juice.

Fresh off the boat/plane this 3.47 carat standard round brilliant is the first major tourmaline I have cut in most of a year.  I have cut a couple of included specimens that came with this rough, about a 13 carat … Continue reading

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