Category Archives: Polishing Tourmaline

All about polishing tourmaline gemstones

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Impressive Amber Colored Emerald Cut#541

Some efforts will always stick in the memory and this large emerald cut is one of them.  I had been unsuccessful in getting anything truly orange in any size, when the piece that became this gemstone came to my door.  … Continue reading

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