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About Bruce Fry

I was born in Summit, NJ in 1947 and graduated from Summit High School in 1966. I graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1970 and after spending another year in graduate school, I left to see the world of Brazil. After spending some more time discovering myself, I ended up working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 32 years as an Air Quality Engineer in the Department of Environmental Protection. I retired in 2007 and took up faceting gemstones again after a long hiatus that reached back to my twenties. I had started cutting cabochons when I was 13 and bought my first faceting machine when I was 15, but ran out of money and time until I retired. My great love in gemology is tourmaline and the collection presented here represents my effort to get as much beauty and variety in the colors of tourmaline as I can. I was particularly lucky in being able to get unheated cuprian tourmaline before copper was discovered in gem grade tourmaline from Mozambique.

List of facts about tourmaline, an opinion

I have been looking at the inter net for statements about tourmaline. I would say that a large percentage of the serious pages that make statements about tourmaline are incomplete or wrong in my opinion. I will list simple facts … Continue reading

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No Paraiba in top ten list of most valuable/rarest or beautiful gemstones??

I have been roaming around youtube and found the multiple lists of either the rarest or most valuable or most beautiful gemstones in the world to be rediculous. They do not compare apples with oranges, while many of them include … Continue reading

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#261 and a bright red cuprian smile

One of the tourmalines I had tested with GIA’s laser ablation mass spectrometer instrument when I visited in January was a bright red standard round brilliant. Even with some inclusions and a flatted crown it is a beautiful smaller gem. … Continue reading

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Included bright sparkling red round. #261

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Getting threw the winter, 1/3 carat of fire

I keep mixing in small pieces of rough from the good old days in with the small amount of cuttable larger rough that I have recently received from Africa. I just finished a 1/3 carat standard round brilliant, out of … Continue reading

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The amount of lead in tourmaline.

I have received data from the GIA on the tourmaline they ran on their laser ablation equipment during my latest trip to the west coast.  I have some questions, but one thing is obvious.  There is a lot more tourmaline … Continue reading

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Color my world of tourmaline.

I am just back from a month long trip to the west coast. Part of the trip was to the Gem Institute of Americas lab in Carlsbad California. Besides reviewing some research on Laurellite, I got to see some beautiful … Continue reading

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Copper’s limited roll in coloring Paraiba/cuprian tourmaline.

On my site you will find many examples of tourmaline gemstones that have their color influenced by trace amounts of copper in their makeup. With my spectrometer I can see the amount of light that is absorbed by the only … Continue reading

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Paraiba and rarity, the dream of copper.

I have been motivated to make this post, by more than just ridiculous comments made about gemstones on the inter net. This does not mean that I don’t have a new pet peeve about the inter net. The newest one … Continue reading

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Update on my effort to purchase tourmaline rough.

Every market has its ups and downs, but the availability of tourmaline rough has turned out to be a wild ride. Gone are the days when larger clean rough was available in reasonable amounts and at affordable prices. But I … Continue reading

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Working on a report on color in cuprian tourmaline using my spectrometer.

My spectrometer is finally operating properly. again. I am still learning about color analysis, but I should have a new report up on this site, that compares color caused by copper as a chromophore and other chromophores. The focus will … Continue reading

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Purple and heated cuprian/paraiba tourmaline

There seems to be a universal acceptance that if a cuprian/paraiba tourmaline has a purplish cast/overtone it is unheated. This not true. At least early on the exploitation of the Mozambique deposit,, large highly toned red/purple nodules were found. They … Continue reading

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Spectrometer and color in tourmaline.

Over 5 years ago I purchased a compact soilid state spectrometer. I tested all of my collection of tourmaline for copper and it was great fun. I found a significant number of cuprian tourmaline in my collection that I did … Continue reading

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Welcome to a tourmaline collection with a difference.

I have spent a fair amount of time searching the inter net for information and images of tourmaline. I have come to the conclusion that this site is unusual if not unique on the inter net. Part of the difference … Continue reading

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Fighting the good fight to keep cutting interesting tourmaline.

I have begun to work with a Nigerian dealer, who now works in the US, He just got back from a buying trip to Nigeria. If you have read, like I did, that the Chinese have left the market and … Continue reading

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Outstanding Achroite with a Mystery

Latest summer while I was traveling trying to get research on color in tourmaline done I had a brand new tourmaline tested. It is the biggest achroite I have that I am sure has not been heated. It is water … Continue reading

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Traveling again in the name of tourmaline.

As sping approaches, I plan visit to the GIA’s museum in California and a couple of museaums on the east coast. I am looking for good homes where my Laurellites will be safe from heating. I think it is unique … Continue reading

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Canary tourmaline, down the yellow brick road

Recently I have been able to get more interesting tourmaline rough.  I have cut some of the ones sold as “yellow” and here is an update and overview of my search for the wonderful world of “canary” tourmaline.  (I use … Continue reading

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Bulk diffusion of copper into tourmaline, wrong all the way around.

I think that I have not written about the bulk diffusion of copper into tourmaline before on this site because, from the start, it was a suspicion that was support by inept science and pushed by the seeking of status … Continue reading

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Orange, to be or not to be, it is. All hale a glory of tourmaline.

Orange will never be number one in the world of color in tourmaline. Much of it is either desaturated under all reasonable white lights or at least under more bluish light (Brownish cast). But there are exceptions and I have … Continue reading

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Results from sending a stone to the GIA to be tested for copper.

Well it took $152 and a month to get the stone back with a report. There is no mention of copper in the report. Instead, it says that the cause of the color in the gemstone could not be determined. … Continue reading

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A Case History of an oval pink tourmaline.

Ovals in general have a long history of problems with me. I could not cut them with my original equipment that I purchased as a kid of 15. But when I got back into faceting after a long period of … Continue reading

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Sending a tourmaline to the GIA for a report on copper.

I have been working with Laura, my older daughter to try and get a page for selling selected stones on my website. Well it is together now and you can go there from the main page. I am not really … Continue reading

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Collection pretty much back together again after GIA trip.

I have just finished putting the collection back together after fifty of the stones were kept by the GIA for photographing. It is hoped that they will be included in a future spread in Gems and Gemology on the beauty … Continue reading

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Making money on Paraiba when all you have is from Mozambique.

In promoting the Ethereal Carolina Divine Paraiba as coming from Brazil, being part of the original mine’s production and being even an authentic Paraiba is reaching a new low in probably confusing the public. This largest of all “Paraiba” tourmaline … Continue reading

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Opinions on the Paraiba/paraiba type and cuprian tourmaline market.

The publication of a new study on the principle and trace elements in Paraiba/ cuprian tourmaline in The Journal of Gemmology, along with changes’s in The Guide’s presentation of how the market values  copper bearing tourmaline has me troubled.  The … Continue reading

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Successful return from my trip to the west.

I am still trying to hydrate after returning from San Diego via the southwest, but I wanted to share some tourmaline related highlights. 1,  My spectrometer’s light source will be modified to be better able to analyze color. 2,  A … Continue reading

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New Trip

Early in July I will be headed to the West Coast via St Louis in the hope of getting more research done on tourmaline. I will be writing about the trip and any work that I can get done as … Continue reading

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Scope of work and philosophy of effort.

This post is a simple attempt to describe my lapidary world that I have come to be comfortable with.  I hope to make it brief and it is not profound or inspirational, but I think it is down to earth. … Continue reading

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Hunkers in the Hole, Adventure in Cutting Big Semi-Facet Rough.

In the effort to produce a top quality (AAA) piece of tourmaline rough a whole lot of cobbling, clipping and grinding goes on.  Now everyone loves the perfect piece of rough that can produce the perfect gemstone with a great … Continue reading

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A Cool Bi-Color Pear Shaped Tourmaline.

In my last package of rough from Africa there was a very well worn, blocky piece of what appeared to be a medium light spice green tourmaline.  Upon a closer  look it turn out to be a bi color with … Continue reading

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Vivid yellow green color wins over the flaws.

I am sitting here trying to put my thoughts together about an oval gemstone I just finishing cutting.  I have worked in wool for many years and most people come to realize that if you just pick out the bright … Continue reading

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A small round, but a brilliant idea.

If you have been following my posts here you probably realized that the availability of tourmaline and its affordability have pushed me to cut practically everything in tourmaline that I have. Years ago I purchased a significant lot of “mine … Continue reading

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The Drama of Cutting a Beautiful Tourmaline.

I wrote the following story soon after finishing one of my early cuprian/paraiba type tourmalines from Mozambique. The year was 2002 and no one had publicly announced the discovery of cuprian tourmaline in Mozambique. That was to come three years … Continue reading

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More projects with tourmaline on the way.

A new page will appear that will have only tourmaline from my collect on it, in a few days. They will be for sale and the page will be run by my older daughter Laura. All inquires and questions should … Continue reading

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A winter update on my tourmaline world.

It maybe  cold outside, but my tourmaline world is heating up.  I have been posting again and making new contacts.  Some that could lead to new research on Laurellite, a reverse alexandrite color changer from Mozambique. On the rough side … Continue reading

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Finally a bit of golden orange tourmaline from the holiday season.

When I still worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania I would work diligently on a nice piece of rough tourmaline over the holidays.  It would help me get threw them without my family.  Now that I have been retired for … Continue reading

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Stay tuned for the latest breaking stories, there might be a mint (tourmaline) in it

Tourmaline Tribune Dateline Saturday December 12, 2015 Problems with a significant (expensive) piece of rough minty tourmaline continues past the preform stage.  The piece of rough was rate AAA and had almost a preformed shape for a square gem.  It … Continue reading

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A tourmaline trip, to cut a gemstone, like never before.

This quest for this beauty, I just cut, started most of ten years ago.  At the same time I was obtaining beautiful cuprian tourmaline from Mozambique, I got some lots from Afghanistan.  In one of the lots was a most … Continue reading

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Do you want to have fun on a dark winter night, looking at tourmaline?

I have been working on upgrading the tray section of this site.  In order to get a handle on the dynamic nature of color in tourmaline I have a number of different lights to use on them, to try and … Continue reading

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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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Fried Tourmaline and the Quest for Purplish Blue Color.

The roots of my quest for purplish blue tourmaline, goes all the way back to my renewed determination to cut and collect tourmaline over 10 years ago.  I wanted all the colors in the rainbow and more, which leaves tourmaline … Continue reading

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Cutting a True Blue Pebble into a Standard Round Brilliant with an Exceptional Eye.

A Tale of a Blue Tourmaline’s Missing Eye. The day started slow like most days in the Borough of Mars, a small town about 25 miles north of Pittsburgh Pa, but the cutter’s heart was a bit a flutter because … Continue reading

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Watermelon tourmaline, What is in a Name and a BIG CITY Museum Blunder

On the net again looking for something interesting in tourmaline.  I find pictures of beautiful tourmaline and information that is accurate.  Of course, following the lead of our news services, that doesn’t make interesting news.  But when I find an … Continue reading

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Life is sweet, apricot jam and the long road to victory.

This post is about a modest piece of rough that brought to the forefront the eternal battle between perfection and creating something beautiful.  I will let the stone tell its own story with an appropriate ending by the cutter, me. … Continue reading

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Cuprian Tourmaline, The Internet, Information

I have never tracked anything on the inter net like I have information about cuprian tourmaline.  I use the term cuprian tourmaline as a way to cover  all the flavors of tourmaline with copper (cu+2) as its chromophore.  This includes … Continue reading

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Treading water and holding my breath, for a color fix.

Summertime and the living is easy.  I have a great deal of outside work to do because I am painting my old story and half craftman house barn red and cream again.  The garden also takes much of my time, … Continue reading

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Tourmaline rough, higher price, but more normal supply.

If you have been reading some of my more recent posts, you will know that I am quite negative about the supply of interesting tourmaline rough in the market today.  And the little that is available is quite expensive by … Continue reading

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Disappointed in the Smithsonian again.

It was just a small book produced by the Smithsonian and devoted to gemstones.  The amount of information had to be limited, but I always scan such an introductory book on gemstones for its tourmaline presentation.  Well the Smithsonian failed … Continue reading

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Laurellite, reverse alexandrite color change and logic.

I have been a bit busier than usual talking with a well positioned gem expert on the property of reverse alexandrite color change in cuprian tourmaline from Mozambique.  By reverse I mean that “Laurellite” the name I have given the … Continue reading

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Its here, a new piece of cuprian rough from Mozambique

Over a year ago, my principle dealer in Africa said that he had just gotten a nice piece of cuprian rough tourmaline that probably came from a new location for cuprian in Mozambique.  I thought that I had read a … Continue reading

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Treatment in the Name of Beauty?

In an effort to work out a problem with my spectrometer I have a few minor cuprian tourmaline gemstones out of storage.  One of the gemstones is particularly close to my heart.  I bought the rough after the great escalation … Continue reading

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When is a tourmaline with three colors not a tricolor specimen.

I love tourmaline.  It keeps coming up with exceptions to the rules/definitions. Definition.  A tricolor tourmaline has three different colors as seen from a point of view perpendicular to the principle (c) axis.  It doesn’t depend on tourmaline’s dichroic nature … Continue reading

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Paraiba/paraiba type/paraiba like, overselling provenance

Paraiba tourmaline and the broader family of cuprian tourmaline has certainly been a driver for interest in the provenance of gemstones.  The price differential between Brazilian with the proper levels of tone and color and similar  African cuprian tourmaline is … Continue reading

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Laurellite, a rare one and getting rarer, cuprian tourmaline

I have been out on the internet again and reading about “rare” to incredibly “rare” gemstones.  There seems to be two assumptions made that are amazing.  One example is that all ruby that comes from Burma is high quality material, … Continue reading

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RIP The Quest for Quality Gem Rough for Custom Cutters

I have been out on the internet again reading about the gemstone news of the world.  It is not new to read about places like Pakistan/Afghanistan not producing up to their potential because of societal problems.  And it is not … Continue reading

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A view of colored stones in Japan.

I just got back from a trip to Okinawa to see my daughter and my new grandson.  On my return trip I had a layover in the Tokyo airport that was long enough to look around.  So I popped into … Continue reading

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Blue Purple Color a Tourmaline Quest

As I have written, one of the colors of tourmaline I wanted to obtain when I started cutting again after many years was blue purple.  One of the best things about being able to purchase unheated Mozambique cuprian tourmaline for … Continue reading

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Rubellite/Pink tourmaline, limitations on heating and irradiation.

The investigation of color in tourmaline and what causes it is complex.  Many investigators have proposed causes for the colors in tourmaline, but have either been unable to prove the conjecture or proven wrong.  In the case of the red … Continue reading

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Measuring and passing on information about color in tourmaline.

Today I sat down with some trays of tourmaline and access to a gemstone color matching system.  The system certain showed that a great deal of work had been done to present color in different cuts, tones, saturation besides just … Continue reading

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Finally finishing a couple of included pieces of blue green tourmaline

I am not sure that would have even purchase these two pieces of rough in the “old”days.  They did have nice colors in the pictures on the internet, but they were at best semifacet grade and were short sections of … Continue reading

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yellow color centers in cuprian tourmaline

A major factor in the color of gemstones is color centers.  Color centers do not depend on trace amounts of transition elements to produce the color, but by damage to the gemstone’s structure.  The creation of color centers is usually … Continue reading

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Paraiba/paraiba type tourmaline and treatments.

I have not seen a lot of finished Paraiba/paraiba type gemstones,  I have certainly cut a fair amount of different grades of rough.  I have also kept my ear to the ground and filled the air with questions. Since I … Continue reading

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Clarity treament of tourmaline

Clarity treatment of tourmaline has become much more of an issue with the prices of tourmaline raising and the premium paid for flawless stones.  A bit on what I feel about flaws in a tourmaline gem is useful here. 1,  … Continue reading

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Going nuts over Christmas

I hope everyone is having a pleasant holiday season.  I usually have a choice specimen to cut over Christmas since it a pretty quiet time for me.  But this year the rough stocking is empty.  Credible reports have come in … Continue reading

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On reading “The World of Jewel Stones” by Weinstein

In my travels I decided to pick up a copy of a book called “The World of Jewel Stones” by Michael Weinstein that was published in 1958.  I seldom get books that are this old about gemstones because they really … Continue reading

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“Polish Wars” the ongoing saga of constant effort.

When I started faceting tourmaline many years ago, diamond was not generally considered the best polish for tourmaline.  When I got back into faceting seriously about 15 years ago, I never considered diamond as a polish for tourmaline.  In part … Continue reading

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Defeated by a different tourmaline or I wish I was in the pink.

It is not the first time that I have set out on a quest with a tourmaline crystal that has basically a bluish gray to gray core and a bright pink irradiation coat.  The vendor did not have a good … Continue reading

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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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A long and personal path to a passionate purple pinnacle.

In the beginning there was only a primeval need to crave all the colors of the rainbow and more in gemstones.  I had not cut a single gemstone in thirty years and I was on that newfangled thing called the … Continue reading

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Color droplets keep falling on my head and melting my heart.

I love color drops which are standard round brilliants that are around 6 mm in diameter.  With the availability of tourmaline rough at an all time low, at least for an amateur like me, I have been force to go … Continue reading

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Natural Beauties, a new direction that has been coming for sometime.

Large flawless pieces of colorful tourmaline are wonderful to cut and produce beautiful gemstones.  So I have certainly not sworn off my addition to such beauties.  But as the market has evolved, high quality tourmaline rough has basically become unavailable … Continue reading

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On my way to Vancouver, July 7, 2014, to show/talk tourmaline

Hi from Minot North Dakota.  I am well on my way  to talk about and showoff my collection on the west coast. The beauty of tourmaline needs to be seen in person and some features of tourmaline,such as the neon … Continue reading

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Market insight into clarity enhanced paraiba type tourmaline

I just had a great conversation with a women who is actively buying large numbers of faceted paraiba type tourmaline.  She had just purchased a beautiful gemstone that turned out to a Laurellite and wanted to discuss it with me.  … Continue reading

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How dear is your tourmaline? Precious Rubellite!

Threw my friend a well known goldsmith in the Pittsburgh Pa area, I have come to know a fellow that sells melee, casts metal and has been involved in the lapidary trade for years. In the eighties a major find … Continue reading

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Totally inappropriate behavour with a strange twist, green emerald cut.

This post is on a personal trip down a path that I have just begun to travel with determination. The market in tourmaline is so bad for a custom cutter/me that I have decided to actively pursue getting only rough … Continue reading

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Finished a brown emerald cut from a round pebble of long ago.

When I started cutting again after a long hiatus and began to focus on tourmaline, I did not spend a lot of money on rough.  One of my purchases was a few pebbles of a strongly dichroic brown from Africa.  … Continue reading

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Trip to Vancouver and showing the collection of tourmaline.

Some months ago I said to Al, the man most responsible for this site being up and presenting my collection, that he deserved to see my collection in person.  Now the path from Mars Pa is a long one to … Continue reading

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Tourmaline as a Cinderella waiting to be discovered is over.

Cinderella as we all know was a beautiful, but under valued person that was discovered by the  prince and  love blossomed.  They lived happily ever after of course. Well I just read  in the latest introduction to a series of … Continue reading

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What will 65 carats of included hot vibrant pink make?

The trip of discovery has begun.  I had to use my facet saw to cut the ends and take out a bad feather from the water worn piece of rough that had almost been completely cobbled.  Whenever I need to … Continue reading

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The history of a purple/blue piece of rough and speculations.

What I will be posting today is just the beginning of an interesting tale of fail opportunities and hoped for successes.  To set the stage for this notable piece of rough, I have to give a brief run down of … Continue reading

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Off to see America and Canada with tourmaline in hand.

There really is no substitution for seeing a beautiful tourmaline upfront and personal.  So I am off to see a wide part of America and Canada with gemstones in hand.  I have never taken the northern route to the west … Continue reading

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IVCT, intervalence charge transfer, dichroism in tourmaline.

I was searching threw my papers for tax time, when I ran across a copy of a personal email from George R. Rossman of Rossmanite and Caltech.  I want to quote a paragraph on dichroism in tourmaline from that April … Continue reading

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Gigantic paraiba type gemstones for millions.

I put museum grade tourmaline in the search engine and away I went.  I found two gigantic (around 50 to 60 carats each) faceted tourmalines called “paraiba” because they contain trace elements of copper and manganese and were within a … Continue reading

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RIP the reported demise of a beautiful Afghan Sea Foam tourmaline

About 10 years ago I hooked up with a goldsmith that would work with me and design original setting for some of my tourmalines.   He put his time and gold into the setting and I put in my tourmaline.  We … Continue reading

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One for the Afghanistan mine run

When I was just getting back into faceting after a long hiatus, I wanted to get my son interested in what I was doing.  He loved to find “good” dates on coins and anything else that seemed to be worth … Continue reading

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Strange and unique, possibly chrome green emerald cut.

Well here is another gemstone hot off the dop stick.  The rough had a natural table that was obvious and the tables outline looked rather like a “D”.  It had a moderately strong degree of dichroism with a very nice … Continue reading

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Laurellite a reverse color change tourmaline is unique.

I am sure that I have probably said too much about Laurellite on this site for some people, but questions have arisen and I wish to list the salient points about Laurellite that are important to appreciate it. 1,  Laurellite … Continue reading

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Public will not buy included tourmaline!

I just finished reading an email from about a year ago, from a cutter that runs a significant selling site on the internet.  He said that people are looking for a reason not to buy gemstones now and he can … Continue reading

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An Oval by the Numbers

It has been a bit, but I finished a tourmaline gemstone today that is worth commenting about.  The rough was a pretty average piece of dichroic brownish gold that had be reduced significantly to eliminate a major flaw.  And I … Continue reading

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In the pink, another round for everyone.

I just finished a pink oval from a piece of tourmaline rough from Nigeria.  It turned out to be one of the most fragile pinks I have cut.  And this is from a location that has produced very calm and … Continue reading

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100 % Niagara White Grape Juice In An Emerald Cut Tourmaline?

I am writing this on February 2, 2014 and the availability of rough tourmaline  has never looked worse in my opinion.   Between wars and competition from commercial processors of rough for mainly Eastern buyers, the amateur cutter, like myself,  encounters … Continue reading

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Appraising a book on appraising gemstones.

Just got back from a traditional bookstore that is now half toys and puzzles.  I found a few cheap books and looked in the known locations for books on gemstones and minerals etc.  And I found a new one which … Continue reading

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Bi Color stability aways a question.

I just finished a darker blue/medium blue that came threw like a champ.  It is only 5mm wide and about twice that in length.  I had to cut down a much longer crystal to just get the area of the … Continue reading

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Sing the praises of Paraiba, but not a dime for Mozambique.

This is a different twist on an old familiar tune.  And to start me going I went searching on the inter net by putting in  “tourmaline jewelery”.  It is not a subject that I have a great deal of interest … Continue reading

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Another deep round in pink , down home goodness for the holidays.

It is always nice to sit down at least once during the holiday seasons to the smells and cheer of a familiar home cooked meal with family.  Recently I have been cutting some smaller and unusual tourmalines that have pushed … Continue reading

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More tsaisite in my life?

Just finished a small, about 1/2 carat, oval from a sliver that my friend said was purported to tsaisite.  (1/04/2014) It is the yellow that the trade has come to call tsaisite , but as I have posted before it … Continue reading

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Sea Foam, the neon look, Afghanistan and Paraiba like from Mozambique

The events in the following post really happen yesterday (01/003/2014.  The point of the post has been brought up many times, but I still think it needs to be reinforced because it could cost you money. I have cut a … Continue reading

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Cutting Mr. Ugly, a challenge in concentration.

I was out of worthwhile tourmaline to cut this last summer and a friend of mine stepped in and sent me some rough.  On top of what was on the storage bags (weight, dimension etc.) my friend wrote his opinions … Continue reading

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A dynamic tidal basin of color, yellow, orange, brown, purple, pink round

It is nice to finish a smaller standard round brilliant of 1.75 carats without having anything to pull my hair out for.  The stone is probably rich in manganese of different valence states and high manganese can lead to a … Continue reading

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The glowing difference between Paraiba tourmaline and Ruby.

Just got back from a trip down “Cuprian Tourmaline Lane” on the inter net.  I really don’t think that the confusion will ever abate when it comes to color, neon glow, vivid color and the composition of Paraiba, paraiba like, … Continue reading

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A round of watermelon with a lesson.

They say that the third try is a charm and so I am ready to tell a charming story.  It is about a most peculiar type of tourmaline that has a watermelon distribution of color.  It has a central core … Continue reading

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Dissecting a Dravite Hot Off the Lap.

I am continually amazed by the variety of dynamic colors in tourmaline.  And shifts in color than can make a less desirable color in gemstone still blaze with a unique statement.  And a unique tourmaline certainly gets my attention. The … Continue reading

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Golden eye in an Orange Circle of Flash

It is always nice to get a delightful surprise and when it turns out to be a great new tourmaline, than that merits a post of progress with the collection. The piece of rough I gotten from a friend did … Continue reading

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My little emeralds (tourmaline), no, not chrome this time.

I just finished two beautiful green tourmaline, one shield cut and the other a standard round brilliant.  (12/11/2013) that are different enough to build a post.  Each gem was cut from a different alluvial pebble that had significant inclusions.  The … Continue reading

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Late Breaking News Cuprian Oval Come Clean, well not really.

This post is centered on a stone that I just finish from a piece of rough I receive a couple of months ago from Africa.  The rough weighed  6.5 carats and had both inclusions and two ugly iron areas that … Continue reading

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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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One of the most brittle tourmalines I have ever cut. emerald cut.

I think that the amount of tourmaline that is available to the custom cutter out of Africa is as bad as it has ever been.  I don’t think that there is much being discovered and the material that is being … Continue reading

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A medium pastel green with a nice bluish smile. round#149

This stone #149 needs a picture. This really is a pleasant gemstone.  It color which is mostly green will make you pause to appreciate its bluish flavor, if you look closely.  It appears to be eye clean and have fine … Continue reading

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Light blue, eye clean, droplet of color.#150

How nice it is, an apparently eye clean, lighter blue, completely open, droplet of color.  It has fine crystal and is ready to flash and dance at a moments notice.  It certainly could be an aquamarine, but tourmaline has a … Continue reading

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Greatness is in the eye of the beholder. Bright, Green, Cuprian, Round.#148

This is a beautiful gemstone. There are many movies, books and even myths, about a creative person paying their dues and striving for greatness, but would not have made it, without the help of someone who believed in them. I … Continue reading

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Another round of IceT with everyone included. Blue#147

Getting the “true” color of very pastel tourmaline can be a challenge.  I have had gemstones that picked up the color of my shirt at arms length and refused to let go.  It’s as if they were born to be … Continue reading

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Dichroic forest green round#146

Face up this standard round brilliant appears to have a nice even medium dark forest green (green with a blue touch), but it is hiding the truth.  When I turned it over to check for inclusions/flaws etc. and rotated it, … Continue reading

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One of the crop of Namibian rounds that sings the blues.#145

need picture #145 The current of Namibian blue that flows threw the collection is not always very large, but it is precious.  This smaller standard round brilliant does take to the greenish blue side in my yellowish light, but is … Continue reading

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A fine medium light toned pastel blue round.#144

Under my yellowish light this pastel blue, which stays blue, really drinks in the color and becomes a solid medium tone.  I have to realize that this gemstone will not be as intense under daylight. (I also checked the back … Continue reading

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Namibian blue with an order of white inclusions on the side, round#143

This standard round brilliant is compromised by a significant white inclusion about half way between the girdle and the table.  It doesn’t flash, but it is quite visible.  Still the stone has such a beautiful blue and it still sparkles.  … Continue reading

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Blue to blue green medium dark round.#142

This is a beautiful gemstone. I never realized until I started posting my collection that I had so many blue to blue green medium dark gemstones. This one has to be one of the best.  It is eye clean and … Continue reading

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Included watery blue cuprian round.#141

need picture 141 The rough for this standard round brilliant was bought before copper was discovered to be in gem grade tourmaline in Mozambique.  It has a good number of inclusions and not very good crystal.  Still I was in … Continue reading

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Green to blue green, medium dark, droplet of color.#140

This is a very pretty droplet of color with a very nice, rich, shifting color between green and blue green.  It likes light as most medium dark tone gems appreciate, but it seems more open than most to more moderate … Continue reading

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Strongly dichroic forest green round.#139

Most of the smaller rounds and many of the larger ones are cut with their table perpendicular to the c axis (principle axis).  This is to get the best level of tone and an even color, face up, in the … Continue reading

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Cuprian, medium toned, shift blue green round.#138

The top grade cuprian tourmaline that came out of Mozambique can be much larger and cleaner than the vast majority of Paraiba material from Brazil.  But in both deposit, included material represented the vast majority of the production.   I lowered … Continue reading

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Medium pastel blue green beauty, round.#137

This pastel is outstanding for its open medium tone and a bit of a different blue green hue.  It does slide around blue to green, but is a true blue green.  It appears to be eye clean and as flashy … Continue reading

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One of a continuous grade of blue to blue green rounds.#136

This blue tourmaline just stops short of blue green in my yellowish light, but is a great blue under both daylight and incandescent, so it is an Indicolite.  It is proud to wear the name and be true blue under … Continue reading

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Pleasant, average green with blue overtone, droplet of color.#135

This droplet of color has a green color that is modified by a blue cast.  It is a bright flashy gemstone that appears to be eye clean.  It is a standard round brilliant and weighs .84 carats. Bruce

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A galaxy of inclusions in a blue green IceT special, round, Afganistan#134

Afghanistan certainly produces a lot of lightly toned tourmaline and the IceT company is considering opening up a district office there.  This very pale blue green standard round brilliant originally hailed from there.  I think that the galaxy of white … Continue reading

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I am a round of constant blue hue (color).#133

One of the joys of the collection is to be able to compare subtle differences between tourmalines that might appear identical under casual observations.  I finished a post on a beautiful tourmaline that I have called blue since I cut … Continue reading

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High quality medium dark blue round#132

My principle supplier from Africa has pretty much given up on supplying a provenance for his tourmaline rough.  He generally deals indirectly with the mines threw a “miner” who really is a whole sale intermediary.  The natural inclination of these … Continue reading

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A memorable blue round, included.#131

When I remember trying to polish a gemstone years later, It was  a bugger.  I usually do not have problems polishing indicolite, trade name for blue tourmaline, but this gem drove me crazy.  It does have a rather evenly spread … Continue reading

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Include sleep time purple with an attraction to me, oval#130

My principal dealer out of Africa still manages to pick up a few cuprian tourmaline pieces of rough (2013) and I keep spending too much for too little because of my purple addition.  I bought the rough for this gemstone … Continue reading

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Just your average nice little green droplet of color.#129

Man can not live on eye candy alone.  This little standard round brilliant is an honest green droplet of color that never pretends to be more than it is.  It appears to be eye clean with an average green color.  … Continue reading

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A brilliant beautiful middle of the road pink round.#128

Need picture #128 When I looked at the posted gemstone, I began thinking of all the pinks I have seen over the years. I admit that I am a bit jaded about pink except for a relatively few truly exciting … Continue reading

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Bright flashy medium dark blue green droplet of color#126

This round just doesn’t want to be quiet.  It has a deeper tone level, but still seems to have a better flash then many of its brethren of the same tone level. Its blue green color is attractive and it … Continue reading

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A fine medium toned blue green round#127

This gemstone is pretty close to the sea foam from Afghanistan.  It has a little bit darker tone level and is not as neon in brightness.  Still this is a very nice open pastel blue/green that is bright and flashy.  … Continue reading

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medium dark, blue to green droplet of color#125

This blue to blue green droplet of color appears to be eye clean.  It has a medium dark tone that limits flash and its blue color, in natural light, definitely slide toward the green side more than most blue tourmaline.  … Continue reading

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Included medium dark blue to blue green round.#124

This standard round brilliant is a personal gemstone that really only shows it flashing blue to blue green under decent light.  It is moderately included, but its darker tone makes them difficult to see face up.  It weighs 1.90 carats. … Continue reading

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A nice richer than usual, blue color, in a small round from Namibia.#123

This blue dot of color from Namibia has a medium dark tone.  If was even moderately bigger than its .35 carat size it would be completely dark.  So I guess sometimes it is best to be small.  It does have … Continue reading

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Another blue green round with transparency problems.#122

This standard round brilliant is a medium dark toned disappointment.  The lack of transparency is again evident with  a stone cut perpendicular to the c axis.  It does have some muted flash and a decent bluish color, but it is … Continue reading

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Deeply flows the river of pink threw this round’s veins.#120

Cut with a deep, split horizontal main, pavilion to reach for all the gusto this pink tourmaline has to offer was rewarded.   The stone is pure medium pink and has all the flash and brightness that goes with it.  … Continue reading

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A darker average green round#119

This standard round brilliant is pretty much what people, who have not taken the adventure of color in tourmaline, expect from tourmaline. A darker rather unpretentious, nondescript green.  Having it in a round rather than an emerald cut is a … Continue reading

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Little, dark tone level with green flash, chrome tourmaline#118

This round chrome tourmaline has the classic green color, but is so dense that the color is only seen in the flash of this small round.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  There are many things … Continue reading

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A perfect beautifully green chrome tourmaline.#117

Saying a chrome tourmaline is green is redundant, but I don’t want anyone, even for a moment to think that this standard round brilliant is anything other than the ideal green tourmaline in a medium tone level.  It is not … Continue reading

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A deep round in yellow washed with green.#116

Once upon a time I had a roommate, during my freshman year at college, that appeared to have pink underwear and socks.  Now this was in 1966 and some social movements had really not come out of the closet.  So, … Continue reading

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A green color dot with apparent c axis transparency problems.#115

I have been finding more tourmaline with c axis transparency problems than I realized in the collection.  They have all been blues and greens.  This medium dark, small standard round brilliant seems to have joined the group of known examples.  … Continue reading

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Included. mostly green with blue overtone droplet of color.#114

This standard round brilliant has a good tone level for such a small stone.  The medium plus tone level also helps to mask the dot of color’s inclusions.  So this green with a blue overtone is a decently little gemstone … Continue reading

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Average blue dot of Namibian origin.#113

This small blue, standard round brilliant, really could use a little bulk to get up there to the top of Namibia’s  bounty.  As it stands, it a nice average dot of color with a medium tone and eye clean body.  … Continue reading

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Medium toned, modest, blue green droplet of color.#112

need picture If wishes all came true, this .46 carat round would be a lot bigger, but it wouldn’t have to really change in any other way.  It is a fine middle of the road blue green standard round brilliant … Continue reading

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Dark toned powerful blue green round.#111

Do you need a stone that can stand up to that bright afternoon sun at the local barbecue,  then this fine example of a dark toned blue green round from Namibia, should fill the bill.   It has concentrate color power … Continue reading

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Light toned included pastel blue droplet of color.#111

This is one of the darker blue round from a lot I bought years ago from Afghanistan and it is still just light in tone.  It is also moderately included which does not stop the standard round brilliant from being … Continue reading

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A galaxy of flashing stars in aqua blue heaven, oval

To me blue is a hue/color in tourmaline that is a complex issue.  It is  really not solved by limiting Indicolite or Indigolite (I hope I spelled that right because it is a name I never use) to pure blue … Continue reading

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Big brother of the outstanding sea foam Barion Cut #190 from Afghanistan#200

Many tourmaline crystals have broader bases than the areas toward their terminus and when you trying to get the most of a spectacular sea foam tourmaline crystal, you cut for the largest quality stone you can get.  This is why … Continue reading

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A different peach to bless a shield cut.#199

This larger peach shield cut, with a different overtone, has a couple of spots in one corner, but the view from the table is nothing, but bright and flashing.  Still something keeps this peach cool and not really ripe to … Continue reading

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Bronze to olive green shield cut.#198

Sometimes you never know which part of the collection will spark the appreciation for tourmaline that I hope to instill in my fellow man.  When I spent a day with a curator of gems and minerals at a large eastern … Continue reading

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A treasured pink of great visual impact, emerald cut. Afghanistan#197

She and her family are known wide and far in Afghanistan and their given name is strawberry.  When I heard of this exceptional, saturated pink from Afghanistan, that was found in large crystals that were always included and had to … Continue reading

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Lavender Tourmaline, Lavender Tourmaline, Shield Cut, Cuprian#196

It is probably unnecessary and maybe even childish to type the same color before tourmaline twice in the title of this post.  It is just a way to express how important this color is in my world of color in … Continue reading

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Between yellow and green this is toward the darker green side, round.#195

I have posted on yellow greens and most of them are on the yellower end.  This count  really does not include many classic green colors of tourmaline that are just this side of pure green and not a blue green.  … Continue reading

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Nice sized, larger, medium toned yellow green round.#194

This medium toned yellow green is on the yellow side again.  I just can not lay off the yellows.  It has fine crystal and appears to be eye clean.  As usual it is very bright and flashy, which may be … Continue reading

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Bronze star for this round since the color doesn’t sell it.#193

Bronze is a nice way of saying that the yellow green has enough brown in it to be darker and not as flash.  And that is what we have with this standard round brilliant.  It is a rather common color … Continue reading

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Excellent yellow green with the green dominating, round#192

This is an excellent, wide open, fully transparent, deep round.  The depth of the stone is enhanced by the used of horizontally split mains. Its color is a flashy medium tone that appears to be eye clean.  I use the … Continue reading

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Attractive pure green round. #191

This standard round brilliant is cut with it table perpendicular to the c axis.  This gets the highest tone value out of a pale crystal.  It is used much more often with pink/red because of the strong dichroic nature of … Continue reading

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One of a pair of outstanding sea foam Barion Cusions, Afghanistan. #190

In the middle of supporting my daughters threw college I received some money from my mother’s estate.  Now most of the money probably ended up at school, but dad deserves a little fun too. I had run into an interesting … Continue reading

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Now we have an outstanding, Tang orange colored shield cut.#189

I don’t know how many people remember Tang or whether they still make it anymore, but it was one of the memorable items on my mother’s diet along with peanut and bananas, on dark Hollywood bread, sandwiches.  Well this shield … Continue reading

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Lightly included green with brown overtone shield cut. cuprian#188

The wispy feathers in this larger medium plus toned shield cut are hard to see (best from the pavilion) and do not effect the flash.  The green is taken down a peg with a brown overtone in daylight, that is … Continue reading

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A beautiful rich red/pink in a Barion cushion crowned with a two step.#187

This is a beautiful gemstone.  It is a great sultry red/pink that is uplifted with a Barion Cut that has a two step, emerald cut like, crown.  It appears to be eye clean and without noticeable dichroism.  So even though … Continue reading

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Ultimate eye candy in the name of a medium toned pink, shield cut#186

On one of the group of pages that my principle rough dealer puts out on the internet, he had a special group of tourmaline that seemed to be particularly colorful.  I have lost track of the other pieces of rough … Continue reading

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A normal medium toned green droplet of color.#185

This standard round brilliant has a nice even medium toned green.  It has no noticeable dichroism and appears to be eye clean.  This is a fine combination for a 1.36 carat stone that earns it a pathway to droplet heaven. … Continue reading

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Bright cool refreshing mint blue green, cuprian round#184

Another unexpected copper discovery with my spectrometer that is in a much more desirable (expensive) color, minty blue/green.  The eye clean stone has a very bright, medium light pastel color, but really does not have the neon look to me.  … Continue reading

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