Category Archives: Pink

Pink tourmaline is possibly the second most common colour it is found in.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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This is a pink that is almost too rich and powerful for a simple shield cut.#177

Their are wonderfully flighty and flirtatious pinks in the world and then there are powerful pinks that let you know who is boss.  This eye clean, rich and powerful shield cut is quite a warrior.  Her sultry, darkly toned recesses … Continue reading

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Beatutiful shield cut that rides the thin line between pink and red.#167

This is about as good as pink/red in tourmaline gets.  It has a beautiful cut and there is no darkness in the heart of this beauty.  It doesn’t even have an inclusions which can be a problem with such a … Continue reading

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The only triangular cut in the collection pink.#166

This triangular stone with the tips cut off is the only time I have made this style of cut.  It is a fine little stone that would need a custom setting because of its shape.  It is eye clean and … Continue reading

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Bright flashy medium toned pink shield cut.#176

This is a delightful gemstone for anyone, but if you love pink, this stone is for  you.  The shield cut produces a fine flashy gem as long as the tone is not too dark.  The well saturated pink in this … Continue reading

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Medium toned bright pink trilliant#157

This trilliant is eye clean and has a very nice medium toned pink color.  The color has good saturation and fine crystal.  It weighs 1.14 carats.  The trilliant is a more modern cut and I would use it more often, … Continue reading

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Rich pink with orange tones oval. #76

I posted this stone along with two others in a earlier post called “Red is not enough”.  I was looking at all three stones under both a yellowish florescent  light or an incandescent at the times.  I waited to do … Continue reading

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Nice slightly included bright baby pink round from Afghanistan. #64

Another standard round brilliant that came in a lot from Afghanistan.  It is always slightly included, but still has a really nice, bright flashy look.  Its pink has very good saturation and would work well in a delicate piece of … Continue reading

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Slightly included bright baby pink Afghan droplet of color. #54

The droplets are pretty full of pink, but this slightly included standard round brilliant is too nice an example to pass up.  It came from Afghanistan with many siblings and I cut darn near all of them.  They are never … Continue reading

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Bright, dyamite ,hot pink eye candy, droplet of color.#646

It is amazing to me, how many faults in a stone, can be overlooked when it is eye candy.  This hot pink, which is one step up from most, has a number of inclusions around the pavilion.  They really have … Continue reading

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Not quite a midnight rose, droplet of color.#637

This pink has been toned down by a wash of purple to make a medium dark rose that blooms a dark smile.  It is interesting how a touch of purple increase the tone level significantly in pinks that would probably … Continue reading

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The votes have been counted and this is a hot pink droplet of color.#636

I have enough pinks in the tray of fifty I am working on to begin to compare what I have written on the back of the droplets storage boxes.  I am really not that consistent.  It probably has to do … Continue reading

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Beautiful average pink rolls on in the collection, droplet of color.#633

This standard round brilliant is not your average pink tourmaline in the trade, but it seems to be what I am inclined to buy when I have the chance.  The posted droplet of color has a great medium tone and … Continue reading

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Included rose colored droplet of color.#624

This rose, a pink with a touch of purple, has inclusions that are light and in line with the hot pinks.   It is still bright and flashy for a medium toned standard round brilliant.  It weighs 1.41 carats and … Continue reading

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A rose, freshly bloomed, in a droplet of color.#623

This standard round brilliant has just a touch of purple in the pink, that I call rose.  It is not as bright as the hot pinks.  But it is a fine gemstone, that is eye clean and with good crystal, … Continue reading

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Include medium toned hot pink round#621

The inclusions in this round are both easily seen and impact the flash of the gemstone.  Still the gem is such a piece of hot, eye candy that sparkles and flashes brightly, that the flaws seem minor.  This is just … Continue reading

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Hot pink rounds to keep tourmaline color on fire, droplet of color#616

Nothing like a standard round brilliant that is eye clean and on fire with hot pink to keep the tray  of fifty rounds lighted up.  This eye candy is not as rambunctious as some, but then it is more high … Continue reading

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A richer red pink more mature droplet of color.#610

Now this standard round brilliant is not against playing with the eye candy, hot pinks, it is just that it take itself more seriously.  It has fine flash and appears to have an eye clean body, but its darker toned, … Continue reading

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Pure Punch of Pink, hot to the eye, droplet of color#608

This hot pink standard round brilliant is blessed with an eye clean body.  It is not ashamed to be forward with its bright medium toned flash.  I can really never get enough of this color, but I dream more about … Continue reading

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A mature, toned down purplish pink droplet of color.#607

This standard round brilliant is riding on the edge of red, while being dragged down in tone by a wash of purple.  I guess being dragged down seems a little negative and this rose colored stone is very attractive, but … Continue reading

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Included a bit toned down hot pink droplet of color#606

When you have enough tourmaline pinks (or other colors) to compare you can begin to see some subtle color differences in tourmaline.  At least that is one of the goals I hoped to achieve with my collection.   This hotter pink … Continue reading

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Included hot pink droplet of color.#605

With the notable exception of Nigeria, if you want to be included in the hot pink world, you just have to be included.  This standard round brilliant toed the line and still is a beauty.  It light inclusions have a … Continue reading

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A solid sparkling pink droplet of color#800

This standard round brilliant is really a fine little stone.  It is eye clean with fine crystal.  It pink is crisp and without overtone.  It weighs 1.03 carats and would make a delicate piece of jewelry beautiful. Bruce

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Pink dot of color#795

This small standard round brilliant of pink was cut while I was experimenting with cutting small stones.  It is a nice medium toned pink that weighs .25 carats. Bruce

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An included hot pink dot of color with a flater crown.#790

This standard round brilliant is included like you would expect of this hot pink color in a great medium tone level.  It also has a flatter crown than other dots of color.  Still it is an exciting stone even though … Continue reading

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Slightly included bright hot pink dot.#777

This standard round brilliant is still hot pint in this dot of color.  Even this small a hot pink is slightly included.  It has a medium tone value and weighs .27 carats.  I cutting it when I was experimenting with … Continue reading

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Eye clean baby pink round from Afghanistan#768

This smaller standard round brilliant was cut from a lot of included very light blue and pink pieces of tourmaline that use to be bicolors.  They broke apart and now go their separate ways.  This pink weighs .54 carats and … Continue reading

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Medium dark pink dot of color#766

This standard round brilliant, medium dark, pink has the force to standout in the cotton.   It was cut while I was experimenting with cutting small rounds.  It weighs .28 carats and is a dot of color. Bruce

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A pale, baby pink round from Afghanistan#764

This standard round brilliant has just enough pink to not be an IceT, but is pale for such a small round.  Still its delicate beauty smiles threw its lightly included surface and rewards me for my effort.  I weighs .41 … Continue reading

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Moderate inclusions and a hot red/pink, round#762

This standard round brilliant’s inclusion would be a disappointment except for the rounds bright hot red pink look that makes them a normal occurrence.  I don’t think that red/pinks in tourmaline are as burdened as emeralds with imperfections, but they … Continue reading

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A hot dot of pink power.#755

When I first started cutting after a long hiatus, I only worked on small stones.  It got to the point that I wanted to see how small I could make them.  This small standard round brilliant was part of that … Continue reading

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This oval is in the pink and ready to flash.#752

It is nice to see a pink oval that is eye clean and very bright and flashy, be an average stone in my collection.  It is nothing new in color, but for those who love pink, this stone would be … Continue reading

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Someone has to be in the middle of the bell curve, pink oval.#545

I would judge this pink oval to be an example of the most typical pink that is coming out of Africa at the moment (2013).  It maybe a little larger at 4.36 carats and cleaner, eye clean, than most, but … Continue reading

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Bright medium dark beautiful pink oval#544

Back in the middle of the road, pink oval.  But it is really a beautiful middle of the road.  No potholes here, just an eye clean gem of fine crystal that sets off a rich, brightly flashy, pink.  The stone … Continue reading

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Slightly included smaller hot red/pink oval.#534

This longer ratio oval is a great piece of red/pink eye candy.  It is slightly included, as you expect of a piece of tourmaline with this intensity of color and being a red pink.  I think that this is a … Continue reading

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Get your red hot pink round, everything included.#529

There are times when you truly wish that you could get an eye clean specimen of a certain shade of color for the collection.  Well the posted standard round brilliant is an object of that wishful thinking.  It is a … Continue reading

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Dichroic pink with growth tubes emerald cut.#527

Imperfections in a gemstone do not always make it less beautiful or interesting.  Cats eye in tourmaline that are produce by dense formations of growth tubes is a prime example of that beauty and interest in tourmaline. The posted highly … Continue reading

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Baby pink round from Afghanistan#524

This standard round brilliant is one of the better ones from the lot I bought years ago from Afghanistan.  It is eye clean and has a good size.  I never tried to keep track of have many rounds I cut … Continue reading

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Classic hot hot included pink droplet of color#519

This is what hot pink tourmaline looked like for most of the old days.  It was and is a great color in this standard round brilliant, but it always was included.  Included to such a significant degree that it impacts … Continue reading

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A step up from the average pink round, to be droplet.#514

This standard round brilliant has a great medium tone level and is just a step up from the the average baby pink round, that has been presented.  It is eye clean and is a really reflective little gemstone. This is … Continue reading

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Living with a complex color round.#503

We have a live one in this darker toned standard round brilliant.  First I see a pink purple that is very close to maroon and I begin to wonder.  Then I look at the back of the storage box and … Continue reading

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Very slight included baby pink round from Afghanistan#750

This standard round brilliant has a very nice baby pink color.  It appears to be very slightly included, but it is  still a very sharp little round.  It weighs 1.17 carats. Bruce

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Eye clean sharp baby pink round from Afghanistan#747

This standard round brilliant is slightly included and has a nice baby pink color.  It came in a lot from Afghanistan years ago.  It weighs .64 carats. Bruce

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Eye clean, baby pink round from Afghanistan#745

This standard round brilliant is a nice eye clean baby pink.  It came in a lot years ago from Afghanistan.  It is a shape little stone that is bright and flashy just like all pastels are from Afghanistan.  It weighs … Continue reading

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Very lightly included baby pink from Afghanistan, round#744

This pale pink standard round brilliant is very slightly included.  It came in a lot from Afghanistan years ago.  It weighs .79 carats. Bruce

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Strawberry, just a bit hotter pink, round#729

The use of strawberry for the color of this included standard round brilliant is not my creation.  It is used in Afghanistan to label this, always included, extremely hot pink tourmaline.  I also was told that it generally comes in … Continue reading

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Modest, mid range, pink oval#722

This modest oval has a rather toned down flash and does not appear to be significantly dichroic.  The stone appears to be eye clean and with good crystal.   Its color is a mid range pink with a darker tone level.  … Continue reading

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A four slice pie of a pink, dichoric, round.#714

I would have cut this standard round brilliant with its table perpendicular to the principal (c) axis if it was reasonable.  It wasn’t, so I cut the emerald cut with the table parallel to the c axis.  With that orientation  … Continue reading

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A large fantastic graded pink emerald cut.#712

Some gemstones are so easy to write about.  I can not say enough about this absolutely beautiful pastel pink emerald cut.  Its tone level grades from a pale pink to a very nice medium pastel pink with a saturation (purity … Continue reading

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Strongly dichroic pink with pinch of purple or orange, emerald cut#711

I have seen this combination of a richly colored c axis with some shade of pink and a pale a/b axis with an off color pink.  Looking hard I think that the a/b pink has got a little brown in … Continue reading

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Eye clean bright pink round from Afghanistan#710

This standard round brilliant has a pretty medium light pink color with an eye clean advantage.  Most of the rounds I cut from a lot of tourmaline I got years ago from Afghanistan are included.  This bright flashy round weighs … Continue reading

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Darker pink with a punch of purple, round

I have this standard round brilliant marked as a pink, but something is both making it darker and toning down the flash.  I think that it is a punch of purple that I have seen often in pink tourmaline.  This … Continue reading

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Visibly included bright medium pink, round.#706

This standard round brilliant is visibly included.  The round looks rather like how I remember the pinks coming from Brazil years ago.  Still a decent stone, but with so many inclusion that there was no hope of cutting a clean … Continue reading

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Medium light pastel pink, round, Afghanistan#704

This is a nice bright flashy standard round brilliant.  Its medium light toned, pink color is so clean.  It appears to be eye clean and is one of the better rounds that I have cut from a lot I got … Continue reading

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Included medium light pastel pink, round, Afghanistan#701

This is a bright flashy standard round brilliant that is a nice medium light pastel pink color from Afghanistan.  I have cut a number of them from a lot I purchase years ago.  All of them are included, but they … Continue reading

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Shades of orange and pink in a deep oval.

This larger medium light toned oval is cut with a “super nova” pavilion and a regular crown.  This arrangement makes a really bright fully involved oval.  What is bright in this stone is a nice average pink to peach slider, … Continue reading

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A Very Bright Rich Pink, that really wants to be a Red, oval.

This pink that wants to be red, is very bright for its rich tone level and knows that it is a great stone.  The ovals cut is the standard one I use most of the time, but this gemstone seems … Continue reading

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A moderately included rich pink oval

This rich pink oval has a quadrant of the stone that has moderate inclusion.  They are visible from face up, but they do not stop the gemstone from being bright for a darker, middle of  the road, pink and flashy.  … Continue reading

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A peachy pink slightly included oval#287

This modest gemstone has a medium light tone level that does not hide the stones slightly included nature.  It color is a nice pastel that floats around in a pink to peach to golden cloud.  It weighs 2.01 carats. Bruce

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A very nice pretty average darker pink oval#284

This gemstone doesn’t have any gemological problems, but its medium dark pink color is not exceptional.  Still it is a solid performer and would make a fine center stone in a distinctive ring.  It has enough richness of color to … Continue reading

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A more stately oval on the darker side of pink.#283

Now, I love a flashing piece of eye candy as much as anyone, but that is not in every piece of rough, no mater how good the lapidary effort has been.  The posted gemstone has a solid amount of flash … Continue reading

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Deep cut oval with bright pink flash#286

This oval was cut with both a larger ratio of its length to width and a “super nova” style pavilion.  This extra effort was well rewarded by producing a very bright flashy gemstone.  Its tone level and pink color are … Continue reading

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Smaller, Dichroic, Pink Oval#277

This smaller oval is strongly dichroic and the middle of the stone is much paler than the ends which are a nice medium pink tone.  This definitely gives a different look to the stone.  It is eye clean and with … Continue reading

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Pink oval darkened with a bit of purple.#276

Purple pinks are not rare and I find that the purple cast tends to make them less vibrant.  This is the case with this oval.  It has a good tone level of medium dark and is eye clean with good … Continue reading

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A smaller medium dark pink oval.#275

I am working on a tray that my son organized years ago after the last Carnegie Museum Show.  It is about 1/3 brown to orange gemstones, 1/10 purples and the rest pinks to reds.  I have not really looked at … Continue reading

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A definitely dichroic pink oval.#274

This nice sized, dichroic, pink oval was cut with the table parallel to the a/b axis.  This causes a band of lighter pink to dominate the center of the oval.  The ends of the oval are a much richer, bright … Continue reading

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A fine medium light pink oval#273

I you have been reading many post about the gemstones I have cut, you have probably come to the conclusion that pink/reds are predominately in ovals and rounds, while greens are predominantly in emerald cuts.  This is true and it … Continue reading

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Pendant sized oval pink with great properties#272

This larger medium pink oval has a flatter than normal crown that gives a wide open appearance to the gemstone.  The table opens into an eye clean medium toned world of pink flash and general brightness.  It weighs 6.72 carats. … Continue reading

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Just another great medium dark pink oval#266

I wish that I could get the rough for this medium dark toned, pink oval at a reasonable price today.  It is just a beautiful ring sized stone that has all the right gemological properties.  It is even eye clean, … Continue reading

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Slightly included, medium toned, bright pink oval#265

This oval has a slight inclusion toward one end of the oval.  It is close to the girdle and does not effect the beauty of the gemstone.  I think that the tourmaline is slightly dichroic, with a slightly darker pink … Continue reading

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A fine uniform rich pink oval#264

I would not call this nice sized pink oval a hot pink.  But it is a solid medium dark, middle of the road, pink.  One that can say that you’ve reach a stable and  mature position as a lover of … Continue reading

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Nice all around medium pink round.#262

This standard round brilliant, is an all around nice stone.  It has fine gemological properties and a pleasant medium pinkand medium toned soul.  Eye clean and with fine crystal makes a gemstone that can’t help, but to please any pink … Continue reading

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A pink oval for the common man#256

This pink tourmaline oval is bright and eye clean and flashy and moderate light in tone and has good saturation and  is probably the only natural gemstone that you can buy, at a reasonable price, with those gemological properties.  I … Continue reading

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A pink with a touch of purple, medium dark round.#255

This standard round brilliant is a little frisky, but it stays a medium dark pink with some purple in my white lights.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It weighs 1.68 carats and was corralled by … Continue reading

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Nice sized pink oval with stepped crown#254

I have found that a stepped crown makes a wide open gemstone that does not hide inclusion.  This 4.85 carat oval has a stepped crown, but does not have to worry about inclusion because it is eye clean.  Its fine … Continue reading

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Nice smaller medium dark pink oval.#253

This medium dark pink oval appears to be eye clean.  It has good crystal and bright flash.  The pink seems to be a bit on the purple side of pink.  It weighs 1.10 carats Bruce

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Medium sized with a medium toned pink to peach slider, round#252

Research has shown that two areas of the visible spectrum produce shifts of color with tone level that are non-linear.  A darker line will not necessary have the same color as a lighter line even if you use the same … Continue reading

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Average tone level pink peach droplet of color#251

This standard round brilliant is a pretty average pink peach trooper ready to work with the droplets of color.  It has a medium tone level.  It appears to be eye clean with good crystal and weighs 1.50 carats. Bruce

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Radiating Pink Fire from a Barion Cushion Cut.

This is not a laid back pink, or one that ever wanted to cloth babies.  This Barion Cushion radiates fire right into your face.  It is a hot medium rich pink that  really takes off in my yellowish light source.  … Continue reading

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Very slight included, really great pink, Barion cushion cut.

I thought I had a GEM (highest quality gemstone) on my hands with this out standing pink Barion cushion cut, but it does  have a tiny flaw in one corner.   If you have read many of my posts, you would … Continue reading

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We will call it Pink, but is a lot more, dichroic emerald cut.

Being dichroic has its ups and downs with tourmaline.  Dark ends can be an effort and pinks can loose their heat with a browned a/b axis color etc.  But then you can hit a home run and actually get around … Continue reading

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Great Barion Cushion in Dichroic Pink

This Barion Cut cushion has a two step crown that really opens up the stone to see all the color, the flashing pavilion can reflect.  The lighter pure pink is on the sides of the cushion, but it is the … Continue reading

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Smaller, on the pink side of peach, emerald cut.

This emerald cut has a fun and fruity color.  It is not noticeable dichroic, but I can see both pink and orange in the medium toned stone.  The ends are bright and flashy and I always fall for stones that … Continue reading

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A nice pale pink round with a bit of inclusions from Afghanistan

Now I may have complained about the lot of light pink and blue I got from Afghanistan years ago, but it did produce some decent  stones.  This is one of the nicer pinks, because it is a bit larger and … Continue reading

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A hot pink oval of excellect tone and clarity.

This hot pink oval is open to the world.  Nothing dark or dull in its world.  In fact it is so transparent that a bit of chipping can be seen on the keels.  This is not an unusual  problem with … Continue reading

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Lightly toned, very lightly included Afghan pink, round.

I have cut many of these pale, Afghan, pink, standard round brilliants.  This one is a good size at .94 carats and has better clarity than most.  It is only very slightly included.  They really need to be kept clean … Continue reading

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Lavender pink oval without copper

Lavender pinks have generally not been prized over pinks in tourmaline.  I think that it is rather toned down from pink, like its more intense purple red sisters.  This oval of medium  tone is interesting, as a contrast to the … Continue reading

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A simple, small pink round, cut to fill the empty hours.

The market for anything decent in rough tourmaline is tough.  Even pinks and greens that are pretty ordinary are demanding much higher prices.  In order to keep cutting I have just about clean out my inventory of rough.  The posted  … Continue reading

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A one a day pink oval to keep the doctor away.

This very nice middle of the road pink oval has a two step crown that produces an interesting stone.  I have been cutting more of them and getting good reviews.  I can see a faint feather when I check the … Continue reading

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Rich pink that is a Rose by the judgement of the droplets of color.

This standard round brilliant is slightly included.  I has a rich pink that I would call rose, because it has a touch of purple  in it.  As usual the purple pinks are not as flashy as the rest of the … Continue reading

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Small slightly inclued medium light pink round from Afghanistan

I like to cut smaller rounds in the middle of more complicated efforts.  Years ago I got a lot of pale pink and almost colorless blue pieces of tourmaline that use to be bicolor crystals.  I have been cutting rounds … Continue reading

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Smaller, very pale, IceT material, pink from Afghanistan.

This standard round brilliant is from Afghanistan and since the origins of the IceT group comes from there, they welcome this new hopeful.  The round is such a pale pink that no other offers were made even though it is … Continue reading

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Brightly Polished Eye Clean Afghan Pink Round

This standard round brilliant is refreshingly eye clean which is the exception for my pinks from Afghanistan.  I have found that all pastels polish easily and extremely  well with my polishing procedures.  The only real problem area with all colors … Continue reading

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Slightly included pastel pink round

The best way to find an inclusion is to turn the stone over and look at it threw its pavilion.  That way your eye doesn’t get distracted by the flash.  In this stone the inclusion is very minor and I … Continue reading

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A medium dark pink droplet of color

When I compared this standard round brilliant with other pinks in the collection, it comes in a little richer than most pastels.  It certainly does not approach the red/pink area that tends to be included.  This richer round appears to … Continue reading

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Medium pink troopers and the building of a collection, oval.

A bright, eye clean, find crystal, in a medium toned, pink, oval.  Does that sound familiar, well it is available when other colors are not.  And I need to keep cutting and they are relatively affordable.  And if you hadn’t … Continue reading

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Peachy Pink Pride in a smaller Oval

Peachy pink or pinky peach is all in the lighting.  This oval has a crisp clean look because it does not appear to be dichroic.  It also appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  Its tone level is … Continue reading

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This well cut longer oval displays the purplish red color well.

Longer ratio ovals are more work to get right than ovals that think they are almost rounds.   Longer ovals have more than just getting a better yield out of a piece of rough, going for them.   They produce relatively thinner … Continue reading

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A good pink trooper to make a pretty, common statement, round

Not every tourmaline in the collection can be exceptional.  I never made such an effort to buy only exceptional rough. I would not have been able to keep cutting.  The make up of the collection real shows windows of opportunity … Continue reading

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Hot included pink, long oval

There really seems to be two distinct groups of pinks in the tourmaline world.  There are the naturally clean pinks that may have feathers and flaws etc, but the crystal is good and nature just has not very been nice … Continue reading

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Nice eye clean pastel pink oval

Pink seems to work well with ovals and most pink rough that is available can be efficiently cut as either a round or an oval.  So everything is in the pink most of the time.  Still inclusions can be a … Continue reading

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Good sized, medium pastel, pink, oval.

This pink oval has a two step crown that has won praise from my board of directors.  I am using it more often because it gives me very good control over the thickness of the crown.  Its only drawback is … Continue reading

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Exciting bright crisp pink oval.

I have seen a lot of pink tourmaline and there is a certain fatigue that builds up, but each time I see a pink like this oval, the excitement returns.  I don’t think that there is any other kind of … Continue reading

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What is the difference between rusty yellow and peach pink? Dichroism.

This is a great oval and I am glad that I put the extra effort into a “supper nova” pavilion that makes  a deep pavilion.  It has a three step crown that is relatively shallow in this stone.  This adds … Continue reading

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A fine transparent pink oval

I just finished writing about a pink shield cut.#808 and this is probably the same hue (color) as that shield cut, but its tone level is not as high.  It is also not as flashy.  I generally try not to … Continue reading

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In the Name of Beauty Everyone should have a Pink Shield.

I like shield cuts and this larger one is in the pink.  And I mean pure pink.  The shield cut brings out a vibrant  scintillating flash the is not obscured by any flaws or a lack of transparency.  The medium … Continue reading

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Transparent pink to orange pink slider, oval

This oval stays basically pink, but has a weakness for orange.  It is a very transparent gem because of its eye clean, high quality crystal, but that is only part of the story.  Its tone level is medium and it … Continue reading

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An Oval Dichroic Pink that stays Pink

This oval wants to be pink and though it displays two dichroic colors, both are shades of pink.  It has a medium tone level and fine crystal.  No inclusions bother its flash.  It weighs 2.32 carats.  I have indications of … Continue reading

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Sultry, bright, included, pink that may have copper droplet.

\This standard round brilliant is included like most of the rich sultry pinks are.  I saw some indications of copper with my spectrometer in this gemstone, but I can not confirm the finding because my instrument tests too narrow a … Continue reading

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Just another beautiful pink, droplet of color

There is nothing wrong with this, on the money, standard round brilliant pink.  It should be a star someday in a beautiful piece of jewelry.  It certainly is a hot medium pink with pizazz.  It weighs a nice 1.,46 carats … Continue reading

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Pink, rolling, rolling, rolling, droplet of color

This standard round brilliant looks to be a perfect pink at first glance.  It medium dark toned pink is not burdened with an over tone.  It crystal is excellent and I almost gave it an eye clean rating.  But it … Continue reading

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A shade of pink purple owned by copper, droplet of color

Color in tourmaline is truly a wonderful trip, but you have to be careful about coming to conclusions about its chemistry based on color alone.  Two areas of major confusion are the coloring of Dravite the species with either chrome … Continue reading

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Included bright pink with hint of purple, round

This medium bright pink standard round brilliant has a hint of purple, that makes me think it may have copper.  The absorption data from my spectrometer is ambiguous so I can not really tell.  I can say this, the gemstone … Continue reading

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A Hot Pink Blessed with Purity

I am afraid that I failed the grade when I put a label on this standard round brilliant years ago.  I put hot pink on it when it is even richer/darker than a pink, I used to try and separate … Continue reading

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Red/Pink droplet of color

When does a pink cross the line and become red?  Tourmaline shares this problem with corundum (ruby and pink sapphire) and it can be a very personal opinion,  that will be debated forever.  I think that lightning makes a big … Continue reading

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Pink is Pink droplet of color

When is a pink, a hot pink or just a pink.  Well I’m in the middle of a tray of droplets of color and I have to read what I put on the back of boxes at different times over … Continue reading

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Rich Rose Droplet of Color

It seems that I only think of rose as a color when the gemstones tone level is higher, like it is in this standard round brilliant.  This fine droplet of color is more sultry than gaudy and doesn’t play with … Continue reading

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Included hot pink droplet of color

This standard round brilliant is a very nice medium toned hot pink.  The gemstone is slightly included which is common with  hot pinks that have a high tone level.  This bright flashy gemstone weighs .65 carats. Bruce

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Slightly included hot pink droplet of color.

This standard round brilliant is hot pink and a bit included.  This color in tourmaline tends to be included and rather brittle.  The gemstone has an excellent tone level for a small stone and is bright and ready to be … Continue reading

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PInk with just a touch of violet droplet of color.

This standard round droplet of color is not eye clean, but the stone is still bright.  I actually bought this small one because it contains copper.  When I saw it finished I wonder if it was truly cuprian.  When I … Continue reading

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In this oval we have BIG PURE PINK.

In many tourmalines you have at least two colors.  In some tourmaline you have only one color, but it is in a graded series of tone values,  finally you have a uniform color, but it doesn’t have a good saturation … Continue reading

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A darker drifting orange pink droplet of color

Sometimes the back of the boxes I keep the individual gemstones in, is wrong when it comes to color.  I will have to bring it up to management’s attention.  I will also check this stone’s color again tonight.  This droplet’s … Continue reading

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Clean and bright shield cut, Pink

This pink with maybe a bit of orange has everything going for it.  The shield cut makes a naturally flashy gemstone and medium tone and great crystal just amplify the effect.  I also appears to be eye clean.  This modern … Continue reading

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Included Afghan pink that has been nominated for the droplets.

This standard round brilliant gemstones is one among many that I have cut from lot I bought from Afghanistan.  The lightly toned pink is nice, but all of them are included.  The posted round is probably one of the best … Continue reading

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Singing Pink or Orange depending on the light oval.

This stone and its larger brother (#659) have driven me up the wall too many times.  I was just singing in my mind (the cat on my lap doesn’t like me to make too much noise) how I love a … Continue reading

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Included Pastel Afghan Pink with Punch, Barion Cushion.

This is one of the best stones from a lot that I got from Afghanistan.  The lot was a disappointment because the rough was almost all included and the color, though bright, did not have a very high tone level.  … Continue reading

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Wounded pink to orange color changing oval.

Decisions, decisions and you have to make them cutting gemstones.  I have chosen with this gemstone to retain a white feather that is close to vertical with the table, in order to get a descent sized oval.  The rest of … Continue reading

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Nice average included pink oval

This is a nice average medium toned oval that speaks a pretty pink.  I don’t think that most of my pink tourmalines have been heated or treated and that speaks well for tourmaline’s natural beauty.  This tourmaline will always have … Continue reading

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Nice medium dark pink droplet of color

This is one of the pinks that is pretty and the salt of the earth.  It is clean and bright and will go to the droplets of color get together.  I just hope that the smaller standard round brilliant pinks … Continue reading

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A Pink Oval that has It.

There are a lot of pinks in my collection, after green it must be the most common color out there. (sometimes it is the most available from Africa)  Now I have nothing against an average pink, but at times I … Continue reading

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The salt of the earth, pink round.

This beautiful standard round brilliant is not exceptional in anything.  But when you add up a great medium tone, great medium color with good saturation along with excellent eye clean, crystal, you get a great stone when cut well.  This … Continue reading

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Deep Rewards for a Nice Pink Round

I love standard round brilliants and as you can tell from the collection, I have cut a few.  When the gemstone is small enough there are some adequate simplified cuts that are effective, but I have never felt that any … Continue reading

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The full 9 yards with a pale pink round#1098

This pale pink round gemstone’s cut is like an attempt to put the ball between the uprights from the fifty yard line.  I know both were long shots, but I had to try. Both the crown and pavilion are cut … Continue reading

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A Pink, Masculine and Dichroic Brand Emerald Cut#1086

Now I am probably pushing the envelope, but I believe in freedom from the tyranny of color limitations where ever I find it. There is nothing dainty about this pink and men should be comfortable wearing it in a ring … Continue reading

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Included Pink in the mellon patch, round.#1084

  Buying faceting rough is not easy and getting a winner every time is impossible if you keep pushing the color envelope.  This pontification comes from buying rough over the internet since I have purchased very little material in person.  … Continue reading

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Middle of the road pink, no orange droplet#1082

  The lighting is not the best as it is morning with a gray sky and only one yellowish squiggly florescent light shinning on my shoulder.   This droplet jumps into my hand and I see a middle of the road … Continue reading

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Get Your Red Hot Pink Oval#1080

You want a hot pink, I got a hot pink.  You want a clean stone, I got a clean stone.  You want a great hue, but one that is not too toned down for intimate lighting, well I have that … Continue reading

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A Strawberry round from Afghanistan#1062

Strawberry is a description of some of the most intense pinks to be found in tourmaline that comes from Afghanistan.  It is always included and I have been very fortunate to get a few pieces.   It may not be surprising … Continue reading

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Average Dichroic Pink Oval#1043

  I can easily see a pale pink and a richer c axis color in this gemstone.  It does a good job of mixing the colors and the result is a solid average pink.  It is eye clean and has … Continue reading

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Beige for another round of color#1040

  Now I didn’t look up the definition of beige when I name this standard round brilliant, it just came to me.  What I am seeing is the pinker side of wheat and I still like beige for that.  I … Continue reading

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Included Afghan Pink #….#1033

  This is one of a number of pink rounds from a lot I bought from Afghanistan.  They are a nice lighter bright pink.  The biggest disappointment in them is the amount of inclusions they have.  There are better ones … Continue reading

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Orange with a pink modifier in the Round.#1030

No matter how I look at this orange round it is orange.  And orange is not a common color in tourmaline.  It is a bit on the fruity side and I like to think of a nice cantaloupe rather than … Continue reading

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Pad your bet with this orange pink round#1028

After dravites, brown yellows to brown oranges and all tourmalines in the brown world, (progress is being made in that area) the mixture of orange/pink is the most under appreciated color range in saturated colors.  (Achroite, colorless, I am leaving … Continue reading

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If you like pink you will like this oval#1025

  This pink oval has a much better tone level than much of the available rough.  It doesn’t damage that great beginning by being included or by having any unfortunate overtones.  It is pure pink and a very sharp pink … Continue reading

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pink/orange slider for the droplets of color#1022

  Nice bright clean droplet that slides with the light from pink to orange.  It size and being a standard round brilliant insures that this pitch hitter will make the droplet team.  It weights 1.03 carats.   Bruce

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A salmon that is a bit fishy oval#1016

  I always smile when I am obviously looking at a gemstone under different conditions than when I put the gemstone’s official color on the back of the boxes they live in.  Today under a yellowish light on a gray … Continue reading

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Big pink with c axis in ends emerald cut.#1014

  The emerald cut is dominated by the dichroic a/b axis.  This color is a very pale pink that shows a touch of cream.  The preferred color is the darker pink c axis, with a better saturation, but it was … Continue reading

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Afghan pink #… round#1011

  I have cut quite a number of these included medium light pink round tourmaline.  They are the size of droplets, but I don’t included all of them so as not to dilute the group too much.  This standard round … Continue reading

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PInk Orange droplet of Color#1009

  I was ready to say that this droplet of color is a pure pink with a bit higher level of tone than usual, but then I read the back of the box.  It says that there is a bit … Continue reading

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Red/Rich Pink Oval#1006

  The debate will always go on about the line between Rubellite (Red) and rich pink tourmaline.  However you make the call this tone level of red does not usually appear as bright as some pinks.  This is one of … Continue reading

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Plain and Simple Pink Oval#1005

  Some color calls are certainly easier than others.  This oval is simply pink.  No flaws and a fine crystal lets you see easily into it depths.  It is also not dichroic, which limits its dynamic color display, but makes … Continue reading

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NIce ring sized round included pink.#994

  This pink is dichroic and the paler pink and richer c axis pink mix together very well to make a dynamic churning display.   Unfortunately it does have eye visible flaws like many pinks.  It may be unfortunate, but some … Continue reading

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Nigerian Pink Edged in Yellow Green Round#987

  This larger round is mostly a medium light pastel pink.  The yellow green on the side of  girdle is pretty isolated and only really effects the body (green and pink make yellow)of the stone when you peer threw that … Continue reading

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Nigerian pink-green makes yellow round#983

  The piece of rough that became this standard round brilliant came from the giant find of tourmaline in Nigeria over 20 years ago.  The overall appearance of the round is that of a yellow, but it is easy to … Continue reading

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Bright Medium Pink Oval with noticable inclusions.#981

I bring up inclusions with this nice bright flashy oval because it is easily seen, by eye, with the stone face up.  It also effect the way I cut this stone.  I work very hard to minimize inclusions under the … Continue reading

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Included pale pink round from Afghanistan#978

  This small included pastel pink round came from a disappoint lot that I bought.  I have cut many rounds of a pale blue and this pastel pink from the lot and I haven’t included them in the droplets to … Continue reading

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Moderately rich pink oval#977

  This well cut oval lives up to the ideals of the collect.  What keeps it from really demanding notice is a rather middle of the road pink.  But if it was ever taken and put on its own, it … Continue reading

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Hot Hot Pink Droplet#975

  I know that I have presented pink as a pretty common color for tourmaline and it is, but there are exceptional pinks.  This droplet had a chance of being in a piece of custom jewelery until the well went … Continue reading

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An All Star Pink Oval#971

  Nothing can be said that is exceptional about this beautiful oval, except that it brings everything together to make a great pink stone.  I would be proud to show it off as a representative of my collection even though … Continue reading

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A cream round with a touch of strawberry juice#970

  Cream is not a strong color and it is not that common in tourmaline.  Especially when you compare it with pink.  So, of course, I have actively sought out cream, while the pinks keep rolling in.  I just looked … Continue reading

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Decent pink oval#969

  This richer pink, lightly included, oval is a decent stone.  It has a two row step cut crown.  It is the type of gemstone that kind of get lost in this collection, but if you’re looking for a smaller … Continue reading

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A beautiful plain jane pink round.#967

  This nice bright standard round of 1.75 carats is one of the pieces that gives me rest between cutting the bigger more exotic tourmaline.  She never gives me problems except for maybe a lost culet once in a while.  … Continue reading

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A Great Fake Peach Round

    True or False.  Pink and green light mixed together with the right level of tone makes YELLOW. True and the story goes on. In the tray this large round with a pavilion consisting of eight split mains and … Continue reading

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Very Pale, but Peachy oval#960

  This very pale pastel is very clean and bright and has a color that is just a hint of something.  I am sure that some people would say the color drifts into pink, but it is not a pure … Continue reading

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Bright Light Pink Shield Cut

  This shade of pink with a light tone level is common in tourmaline rough coming out of Africa now (2013).  It is also not noticeably dichroic and is eye clean.  The thing that I notice about this gemstone, that … Continue reading

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Nice medium pink standard round brilliant.

  This is a pretty average stone for my collection.  It is a very nice bright even hot pink that is clean and weighs 2.28 carats.  It would be a droplet of color, if I really needed the color in … Continue reading

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Wow another pink emerald cut.

This very nice pink emerald cut has its tone level grade smoothly down the length of the gemstone.  The tone gradation,  without a  hue (color) shift could be caused  either by an increase in concentration of manganese in the darker … Continue reading

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Pink Purple Emerald cut nice tone#949

  This good sized ring stone at 3.68 carats is a fine bright, but sultry pink purple.  I see a couple of flecks deep in the stone by eye, but they are not detracting and the stone has a very … Continue reading

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Fine middle of the road pink that keeps rolling#948

  You can pass over this gemstone in the collection, if you just lust for color,  but if you’re into pink, you have to stop.  The gemstone has a pure pink statement that flashes from great crystal and polish.    It  … Continue reading

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Stately emerald cut of defusing pink.#938

  When the rough for this beautiful tourmaline came in, it left no doubt about what kind of gemstone needed to be cut.  The whole gemstone is pink, but its tone grades from medium dark to a paler pastel as … Continue reading

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Oval Pink with a wisper of Purple#934

  I am looking at this oval gem under morning light and seeing a pink that has some cast to its hue, but I can’t put my finger on it.  I look at the its box and I have written … Continue reading

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Hot Pink with Punch#929

  This ring sized oval, at 1.85 carats, really has a lot going for it.  Its pink is pure and of a good tone level, all set in a fine crisp body.  I use “hot” in the title to describe … Continue reading

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Larger deep round of middle of the road pink#924

  I have not cut pink/red tourmaline from every location that it is available from, but I have worked at it.  My principle sources have been Mozambique, Afghanistan and Nigeria with just a touch of Brazil and various African locations, … Continue reading

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Pink a classic color with an oval shape#921

  This good sized oval at 7.11 carats is eye clean and has great crystal (very transparent body).   Its pastel color and tone level is probably the most  common combination coming out of Africa at the moment (2013).  Medium pastel … Continue reading

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One Half Carat of Pure Rich Pink Joy#912

  I try and mix in smaller gemstones in between larger efforts.  It kind of relieves the tension of polishing facets that are large enough to both make polishing a physical effort, since I work on a stationary lap when … Continue reading

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Ring size round Pink#909

  This is a find ring stone at 2,57 carats.  It is a fine middle of the road pink with an excellent color and a medium tone value.  All rounds this small or smaller are cut as standard around brilliants.  … Continue reading

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A shifty Mauve thats in the Pink#902

  I don’t attach mauve to a gemstone’s color casually.  I always check color in various “white” lights,  incandescent, morning light and evening light etc. Many members of the tourmaline color world are not known for being consistent in shade,  … Continue reading

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Tourmaline tale, Birth of a beauty

The following tale was written years ago, when I tried to share the excitement of buying and cutting tourmaline with a friend.  I would like to share one of them with you now.   A TOURMALINE TALE OF SAD AND … Continue reading

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Afghan pink/blue pastels a broken embrace

    For a while I was able to deal with a source of tourmaline rough that had a direct connection for Afghanistan material.  I not only bought individual stones, as I usually do, but also a few lots.  The … Continue reading

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Pink, graded tone levels in large emerald cut#938

Many gemstones of different kinds have zoning caused by different tone levels in their color. In amethyst and sapphire etc. it is not considered desirable, but with tourmaline I find it can be used to make an interesting and beautiful … Continue reading

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