It has been a long time since I have stopped to look at an old friend. When I started cutting again after a long hiatus, I purchase lots (parcels) of smaller rough. I had set out to find color and smaller makes color more affordable. One of the first dealers I dealt with was out of Florida. I think I shocked his wife when I called to order rough, because I did not place orders over the inter net at first.
When things settled down I order a few things, one of which was a lot of Brazilian tourmaline, the likes of which I have never seen again. It was small and included of course, but it was a most delightful combination of pink, yellow and blue green pastels. I worked to get anything out of the rough, but it was pretty included. I put that aside and purchased another lot and between the two lots I did get some decent little stones.
The posted gemstone is the biggest yellow that I was able to cut. It is without green under any reasonable conditions and has almost an IceT tone level (light tone level). It rather reminds me of lemon juice and while it has decent crystal the whole stone is filled with bright dots of inclusion and a slight feather down the middle of the gemstone. Still I am pleased to have this sample, that between its color, with its good saturation and tone level is unique in the collection. And that is after many years of trying to get any yellows I could. It weighs .90 carats.