Category Archives: Yellow

Yellow tourmaline are unusual and rare. “Canary” tourmaline is a trade name given to those yellows found in the Lundazi district of Zambia

Canary tourmaline, down the yellow brick road

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

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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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More tsaisite in my life?

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

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A golden dichroic oval that is eye candy.#290

I like bright medium gold, like this oval has, in the tray.   It doesn’t need bright light or even being that awake to pick it out and appreciate it.  This oval has a significant amount of dichroism.  The paler … Continue reading

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A bit of a brown shade on this richer golden oval.#269

This golden oval is a rich medium color with a wash or two of brown on it.  Still it is not dominated by brown, but I would call it a dravite.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine … Continue reading

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More gold in them thar hills, slightly included oval.#267

I am impress with the level of saturation of the gold in this oval.  Not a touch of brown or green anywhere to be seen.   It is slightly included, but is still a bright sparkling gemstone.  It does not … Continue reading

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A deeper richer golden yellow oval that demands respect.#260

This golden oval is a darker breed of golden yellow, but it is still very open with its medium tone level.  It is not dominated by drown and I would still  not call it a dravite, but I am sure … Continue reading

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Simply a great sparkling golden oval.#259

This stone will not brook with anything to do with color shifting or changing.  It has a pure 24 karat, golden heart.  It also appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  Since it does not have even a … Continue reading

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Lightly included, pastel yellow washed with green, oval. cuprian#419

This is another gemstone that I did not buy as cuprian, but my spectroscope uncovered the proper absorption curves.  It is very clean for a cuprian tourmaline from Mozambique, with only a very few light inclusions that do not effect … Continue reading

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Slight included, bright golden yellow, droplet of color.#1198

This standard round brilliant is slightly included, but still bright and flashy.  It color is a joy and its body has very good transparency.  It verges on to an orange in some lights.  It weighs .74 carats and is a … Continue reading

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Pale pink oval with frisky yellowish spot.#1188

This rough for this gemstone is from Nigeria and I have seen quite a bit of it.  The body is a nice pink, but some faces of the crystal have a yellowish green layer on them that appears to have … Continue reading

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Really sharp pastel yellow oval has been claimed by the IceT group.#1183

It was a close call, but the official ruling is that this yellow is both free enough of green, to be just a pale yellow and at the same time an IceT pledge.   The stone has three rows of step … Continue reading

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Deeply cut round with a sparkling yellow green glow#1161

This is a pretty little gemstone.  The split horizontal mains on the pavilion of this eye clean round give an added bunch to the great medium toned yellow green color.  As usual this yellow green seem particularly bright when compared … Continue reading

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Deep, well saturated, pastel yellow, round.#1102

I have posted enough of the collection by now for my loyal readers to realized that yellow is a passion of mine and probably the scarcest well saturated primary color in my collection.  I am talking about yellows that have … Continue reading

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A deep round in yellow washed with green.#116

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

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A yellow with a wash of green, cuprian round.#182

This is another gemstone that I did not buy as a cuprian tourmaline.  I discovered it with my spectrometer.  It has just the faintest inclusions that don’t effect the beauty of the stone at all.  But then again, I don’t … Continue reading

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The best yellow in saturation and size, shield cut.#169

This is a shield cut to get excited about.  It was the premier stone cut from two water worn pebbles I got over the internet from Tanzania years before “canary” tourmaline was discovered (canary tourmaline is a recently discovered yellow … Continue reading

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A cool yellow trilliant that is reserved.#159

I usually think of yellow as a bright sunny open color, but this pastel yellow is not inclined to levity.  It is not bother by a greenish cast like many of its brethren, but seems to have a darker cast … Continue reading

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Very bright pale yellow washed in green, droplet of color.#154

This pale yellow droplet of color just couldn’t stay away from being washed with green.  It is a common fate of many yellow tourmaline.  But that didn’t prevent the round from being very bright and eye clean.  This flashy gemstone … Continue reading

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A medium light tone, dichroic, golden brown emerald cut.#100

This smaller emerald cut has an exceptionally nice medium light toned golden brown color.  A color that is not common in tourmaline that has lighter tones.  It is dichroic and the c axis, which is in the ends of the … Continue reading

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Longer ratio oval with a step crown, that is a honey of a golden brown color #95.

NO picture for 95. In the “old” days, when tourmaline for the intrepid amateur cutter, was more available, one of my primary dealers out of Africa would send out emails on new finds of tourmaline. (and other gemstones).  This posted … Continue reading

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A pure and simple golden droplet of color with a thinner crown.#94

I cut most of my standard round brilliants with 40 degree mains, but this bright flashing gem has a much flatter crown.  I am seeing low angle crowns in commercially cut stones, because the geometry of many tourmaline crystals doesn’t … Continue reading

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Lots of competition to be eye candy in yellow green, meet a winning round #92

This standard round brilliant has a great combination of decent size, bright yellow with a wash of green color, eye clean purity and fine crystal to be eye candy and she has accepted the honor.  She weighed in at 2.05 … Continue reading

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Medium toned yellow with wash of green is laid back, round#91

This standard round brilliant is eye clean with great crystal. She might aspire to be eye candy, but is just too laid back and sophisticated to make the grade.  Her reserved nature would lend itself to a white metal treatment, … Continue reading

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Included bright yellow droplet of color. #82

This round is barely within the upper bounds of weigh in being a droplet.  But its color would demand some flexibility, even if it had crossed the line.  Yellow without green in a medium tone level or higher is one … Continue reading

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Included larger yellow washed in green, round. #81

Did you ever go to a planetarium as a child and wonder at all the tiny specks of light that flashed on the rounded ceiling.  Well this larger standard round brilliant has the same kind of multitude of tiny lights … Continue reading

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Droplets of color unite, a yellow green gift is upon us. #72

This standard round brilliant is nothing more than a excellent example of an eye clean, very bright and flashy, yellow green colored beauty.  So if you like acid yellow green, you will love this round.  It weighs 1.18 carats and … Continue reading

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Yellow washed in green, cuprian oval. #71

This apparently eye clean and very bright oval is mostly yellow with a wash of green.  I discovered, with my spectrometer, that it contains copper as a chromophore and that is interesting.  But I don’t know how much difference it … Continue reading

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Delicate pale yellow to golden droplet of color. #63

Tourmaline can have dynamic color in many areas of the spectrum.  This small standard round brilliant drifts between a nice light pastel yellow in natural light and a distinctly richer pastel gold in my yellowish light.  Now I would expect … Continue reading

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Greenish yellow and a tale of discovered copper, round #61

This yellow tourmaline with a green wash does not have particularly good crystal, because it has a wide assortment of faint wispy feathers.  It is flashy and about average in brightness, despite the fact, that yellow greens usually have higher … Continue reading

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A full rich medium tone level, for a yellow droplet of color. #56

I know that my yellowish light is helping this yellow droplet of color to get to the medium tone level, but I can not stop from praising it.  Yellows without green in the collection need all the encouragement they can … Continue reading

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Cute little golden oval. #40

I think this is the smallest oval in the collection.  I cut it when I was working to see how small I could cut stones.  It is a cute .40 carats golden moment. Bruce

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Nice to come home to a solid pastel yellow droplet of color. #52

A rather gentle yellow pastel, that is a little headlight in brightness.  It appears to be eye clean and the type of yellow material, without green, that I am always looking for.  The standard round brilliant was carefully weighed and … Continue reading

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Cuprian, light yellow, round#644

I did not buy the rough for this gemstone as cuprian and I did not know it was cuprian until I check it out with my spectrometer.  I have no idea whether the copper content effects the color of this … Continue reading

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Pastel yellow to green slider, round#643

This medium light toned pastel flirts with both yellow and green.  The cut between these colors is always difficult in tourmaline and depends in part on the individuals eyes.  Yellow is the much rare color as you will definitely see … Continue reading

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An included, bright yellow, piece of eye candy, droplet of color.#629

Thank goodness there is one example of the yellow, that I have been raving about for years in this tray of fifty smaller standard round brilliants.  It is included, but frankly that is besides the point when I look at … Continue reading

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A Dichroic, Gold Droplet of Color#794

This standard round brilliant was cut from a lot I purchase years ago, that only contained 1 gram pieces and smaller.  The rough is dichroic with a darker gold c axis and a pastel a/b golden yellow.  This gemstone is … Continue reading

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Shallow yellow oval with two tier crown.#781

This larger yellow oval is eye clean.  It has a very nice medium tone level and the yellow is without a greenish overtone.  The rough came from Del Gado Mozambique, which is the most northern state in Mozambique.  The material … Continue reading

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Small even for a color dot, golden gem.#775

This is about as small as I ever cut a standard round brilliant.  This dot of color is still rich in golden color and reaches to flash, threw the cotton.  It weighs .15 carats and sadly will never grow up. … Continue reading

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A richer golden yellow I will call butterscotch, droplet of color.#772

Another sweet color in a standard round brilliant package.  The stones richness comes from maybe a bit of brown, but that goes with chocolate and butterscotch just fine in this case.  That is because there is nothing dense about this … Continue reading

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A golden ray of color for a color dot#759

This smaller round brilliant is a bright golden dot of color.  It is bright and sparkling and weighs .31 carats. Bruce

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Very Pale Yellow to Green, victim of wishful thinking round. (IceT for sure)#530

Now the IceT party is ready to party hard with this standard round brilliant no mater what official color I come up with.  In the morning light I see a very pale green, but there is yellow on the box.  … Continue reading

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If it wasn’t included it wouldn’t be a saturated yellow oval#512

This oval is lightly included and the inclusions are not a distraction from the beauty of the stone.  This saturated yellow is not only excellent for tourmaline, I don’t think that many other types of gemstone can really measure up … Continue reading

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Scattered, light inclusions in a pale lemon droplet of color.#502

This smaller standard round brilliant looks like the medicine I use to take to help with a sore throat.  The light lemony with just a touch of green color has scattered inclusions that aren’t too dense.  Its flash is impacted … Continue reading

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Lightly include oval with a heart of gold.#718

Except for the inclusion that are minor, this golden  ray of beauty has it all.  Its moderate tone level and open golden color, without any green or darker tones makes an eye grabber to me.  It weighs 2.16 carats. Bruce

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Tea that can turn to yellow round#717

Under my yellowish light this standard round brilliant is a very nice yellow, but in bluer light its steeped in tea.  It has a medium tone level and is nice and bright, even with a slightly brownish overtone.  The only … Continue reading

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A round that inherited a yellow rust color from the rough, but is peach.#708

This standard round brilliant has mixed up the colors of rust and yellow that could be seen in the rough into peach.  It is a great property of rounds to flash away zoning, at least from face up.  If you … Continue reading

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Another round of golden eye candy please, oval#267

This bright bouncy golden yellow oval is slightly dichroic, but you have to look hard to see it.  It appears to be eye clean and is just a down right nice little stone.  There is not a hint of brown … Continue reading

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A tale of two golden ovals.#260

This is #259 and is piece of bright golden eye candy This is #260 and is a dravite with golden flash.   I am going to post one comment for both of the next two stones in the tray.  My … Continue reading

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A yellow glazed in orange for a tasty emerald cut.

A full set of steps present this medium toned beauty.  The amount of orange varies with the light, but every view of the stone in different white lights is still beautiful.  It is eye clean and has great crystal.  I … Continue reading

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A wild side yellow with a long body, oval

I kept this yellow piece of rough for a long time because I wanted to cut this rare color in tourmaline with as little loss in weight as possible.  But that meant I would have to cut a very long … Continue reading

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Snappy meium toned yellow with slight touch of orange emerald cut

This is how a yellow should look, like eye candy.  And this emerald cut is just that, but it can not claim the yellow honors completely, because it has a touch of the orange roaming around.  The orange comes into … Continue reading

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Cuprian, nice pastel yellow standard round brilliant.

This bright medium toned yellow does not have copper in its composition. This bright medium toned yellow has copper in its composition (detected with spectrometer)   This medium light pastel has exactly the same color as #322 and yet my … Continue reading

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Very nice pastel yellow oval

This pastel yellow appears to be eye clean.  Its tone level is medium light and does not appear to have a greenish or brownish overtone.  With a fine crystal, a great polish and cut, the stone has to be a … Continue reading

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Pale citrus yellow without green emerald cut from Brazil

When I started cutting gemstones again after a long hiatus, I bought only small material.  The first dealers I worked with on the internet were really junk deals.  The posted citrus yellow emerald cut was an attempt to get something … Continue reading

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Medium Dark Toned Yellow Green Oval

This oval is dichroic and the ends are a bit greener than the sides.  The cut effectively mixes the colors together well.  This yellow green oval is flashy for a darker toned stone.  It weighs 3.04 carats. Bruce

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Included saturated yellow with a glaze of honey emerald cut.

I try not to cut emerald cuts from included material because the cut makes any inclusions that lye under the table very obvious.  But when you have a rare color like yellow and the rough is shaped to cut an … Continue reading

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Included, Bright, Crisp, Pastel Yellow touch of Brown, emerald cut.

If cream was transparent, then it would better fit the color of this emerald cut.  So imagine a pastel yellow that is uniform threw out the gemstone and has a transparent creamy touch to it.  I don’t think the touch … Continue reading

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A yellow oval modified with green and brown overtones, oval

I have lauded yellows that are well saturated without green and problems with their purity of color that lead to browns.  Well this oval can not escape a touch of green and low saturation (purity of color) that leads to … Continue reading

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Larger pastel yellow shield cut

This larger pastel yellow shield cut is a milestone in the quest for yellow in tourmaline.  And the yellow I speak of must be saturated and without even a touch of  green or desaturation problems with brown,  This beautifully clean … Continue reading

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A highly transparent golden droplet of color.

This standard round brilliant is a great medium tone without brown.  It is eye clean and has great crystal.  It loves to flash out its weigh which is 1.55 carats.  The droplets are beside themselves with joy, to get such … Continue reading

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Clean and Bright and Light Yellow, Droplet of Color.

This standard round brilliant is on the verge of colorless (achroite), but it definitely has a clean bright refreshing hint of yellow.   This droplet of color appears to be eye clean and transparent.  So light and transparent that the IceT … Continue reading

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A golden droplet of color.

I think I found gold in my stash of tourmaline rough years ago.  The pastel golden tourmaline with just a touch of brown had been purchased in the quest to  see all the nuances of light yellowish browns that I … Continue reading

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Wheat, Cream, or Slightly Brownish Yellow, oval

This oval can be call by many colors, but it is so pale that the IceT group already has a place for it.  It is slightly included which does not effect the stones brightness, but rather looks like little drops … Continue reading

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Lightly included saturated yellow emerald cut

This lightly included yellow emerald cut was made from the last preform that I got out of two larger pebbles, I purchased years ago on the internet.  The material has the best yellow without a hint of green or brown, … Continue reading

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This included saturated yellow is such a joy. round

If purples seduce me into purchasing rough that is more included than I usually get in more commercial colors, then saturated yellow searches me out and demands action.  This standard round brilliant is not laid back or a wall flower.  … 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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Darker greenish yellow oval

This darker greenish yellow stone has a moderate amount of flash.  It is dichroic and has some light yellow green color in its ends.  An eye clean, good quality body helps to make this an attractive gemstone.  It weighs 2.90 … Continue reading

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A deep yellow green oval that is fun.

In the quest to sell lighting it has gotten popular to advertise that this “high tech” wonder is daylight equivalent.  There is not such man made light source and there will probably never be one made.  And even if one … Continue reading

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Great, cuprian, eye clean, yellow round.

This standard round brilliant is a great gemstone.  It is eye clean and has a medium light pastel yellow that is reasonably stable in any white light.  No greenish yellow here, but it can not compare with the sharp saturated … Continue reading

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A cold yellow, pastel, round

Now I don’t know if it is really possible to be yellow and a cold color at the same time,  but that is how she leaves me.  I think I spotted her weakness, she has a gray side.  This is … Continue reading

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This yellow has to be included in the droplets of color

She has her freckles and her flash from being a standard round brilliant is a bit effected, but this color, a saturated yellow has to be in the droplets of color.  As I have said in other post.  I got … Continue reading

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Medium dark tone level, included, yellow green droplet of color

This standard round brilliant is your average Joe.  Needed for the troop, but not outstanding.  It has a darker than average tone level and noticeable inclusions.  Still when push comes to shove this tourmaline will be there for the droplets … Continue reading

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A spunky pale yellow pastel oval that is included.

It has been a long time since I have stopped to look at an old friend.  When I started cutting again after a long hiatus, I purchase lots (parcels) of smaller rough.  I had set out to find color and … Continue reading

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A Nice Sized Shield Cut on the Yellow Side

I am going to put this shield cut as yellow, a medium pastel yellow, but I am sure that green can creep in on this one under some white light conditions.  Still it is a much rare color than your … Continue reading

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Yellow washed in green a twice told tale, oval

Some colors I routinely pick up whenever possible.  A yellow green that really is a yellow that has been wash with green clothing and no bleach is always in demand.  This one is eye clean and a smaller size.  It … Continue reading

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A nice sized mostly yellow with a wash of green round.

You probably have seen and will see more of this color, that rides the edge of the yellow green line, because they are not in great demand and I scoop them up.  They always polish easily and make very bright … Continue reading

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Deeply Cut Yellow Copper Round

I love all the different looks the orange can give to tourmaline.  This medium lightly toned round with a split horizontal main cut pavilion is a fine example of tourmaline beauty in orange.  I left the yellow copper color description … Continue reading

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A yellow that dances around with a bit of green, oval.

I am seeing yellow in natural light and my yellowish light, but I know this is the type of tourmaline that will make a debate out of whether it is a slight greening yellow or a yellow.  I would probably … Continue reading

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A Good Morning Sunshine Yellow Oval

Now my mornings do not start off greenish or brownish and this oval will have none of it.  I was cut from one of two larger pieces of water worn crystals from East Africa that I got together, long before … Continue reading

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Included saturated yellow oval#248

  This is the final stone that I cut from two large alluvial pebbles that I bought off the inter net years ago.  The pebbles were completely frosted and were not expensive because of the numerous flaws that render the … Continue reading

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Included Blond Butterscotch to Yellow oval.#1087

  The sun just really came out and the butterscotch just got a lot yellower.  Under either lighting condition this included, but still bright oval looks like eye candy.  I really appreciate tourmalines that are yellow without green or being … Continue reading

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Can a Yellow be Cold, no! I Am Green Round#1083

  The transition between yellow and green is a variable one with people.  Lighting also makes a major impact on whether the tourmaline looks greenish or not.  Then I look at the box and check the stone away from the … Continue reading

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A Yellow with Touch of Green Oval#1079

This tourmaline has a pretty “normal” color.  There really isn’t that much green in there, but just a little is enough for it to step down from the yellow heights.  Its medium dark tone level does not stop it from … Continue reading

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Dichroic Gold Oval of Eternal Value#1075

  Two rows of stepped faces over an eye clean body that flashes with both gold and yellow makes a modern looking gemstone.  I am cutting more of this style crown because I have gotten a good response, but I … Continue reading

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Smaller Included Yellow Oval#1069

I have been cutting more rough tourmaline that have a lower grade for a variety of reasons. (08/2013) 1.  I have a better selection of color available. 2.  The rough cost less, but low yields can negate that advantage. 3.  … Continue reading

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Large Included Yellow Round#1060

  Sometimes I like to purchase a larger piece of nicely colored tourmaline that has at best a semifacet grade clarity.  With enough size and a lack of concern about yield, I have had some pretty clean hits.  When I … Continue reading

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Uniform moderate golden yellow droplet.#1043

  This standard round brilliant does not appear to be dichroic.  It is a really nice yellow with a golden glow that is not easy to get.  Its level of tone is pretty high for a yellow,  when you consider … Continue reading

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Yellow another find droplet#1032

  This pure medium yellow droplet came from a couple of large semifacet pebbles I bought inexpensively years ago.  A combination of good properties sets the stones I cut from the pebbles apart from everything else I have been able … Continue reading

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Gold dominates this oval.#

  This rich bright golden oval was cut with the c axis perpendicular to the table.  I can see the paler dichroic yellow around the edges, but gold is number one in this gemstone.  And a very nice gemstone it … Continue reading

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yellow gold dichroic oval

  This yellow gold dichroic oval is open and eye clean.  There is not a speck of green anywhere to be found and I call this one yellow.   I love to yellow without green because it is rare.  Unfortunately … Continue reading

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Fine yellow round seaks help with drift toward green.#997

  This bright standard brilliant is an example of a yellow with a hope for stardom, falling pray to the evils of green. Now where yellow becomes yellow green in tourmaline varies between peoples eyes.  Even normal eyes have different … Continue reading

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Round with sliced pie placement of gold and green.#992

  This standard round brilliant makes me smile.  It takes me back to my very early days on the internet when I had found a dealer who cut some tourmaline down the long axis of smaller alluvial pebbles.  I asked … Continue reading

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Heavily Included Yellow Oval#990

  Sometimes even I push the limits of decency in the name of color and something interesting to cut.  This oval is a nice yellow, but is so heavily included that it should probably not have been faceted.  How many … Continue reading

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Pale Golden Peach and I think of Topaz oval#985

  Now everyone would love a fantastic Imperial Topaz and this dichroic pastel golden peach tourmaline does not measure up, but it does look like topaz that I could afford and was actually offered for sale.  I can see its  … Continue reading

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Dichroic, golden orange oval#984

  Some gemstone grab you even with a casual glance while others get passed over.  This strongly dichroic (two different colors/intensity of color depending on the axis of view) deserves a closer look.   The higher tone level c axis color … 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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An Included Oval of Mixed Yellow Persuasion#980

  This oval has at least one very eye visible spot in it  It is on the pavilion and I have been able to pick it up from the crown, but it is quite visible from the back.  Besides that … Continue reading

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Color Dots, a golden tourmaline round#976

  When I first started cutting again after many years away from the craft, I did not spend a lot of money.  In tourmaline  I went for lots of small material and tried to see how small a gemstone I … Continue reading

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Pure Yellow Droplet of Color#973

  This flashy pure yellow droplet is not clean.  But it is so nice that I actually tried to have it set in custom jewelery years ago.  The first piece of jewelery was so expensive that I had to drop … Continue reading

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Golden Yellow Droplet

  This is a classic droplet of color and does show up well with the group.  It  would be a lot more in demand if it had a purer yellow.  Still its place is assured because it lacks any green … Continue reading

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A temple of purity in the yellow world.#925

  Now cutting an emerald cut from an included piece of rough, that can not be completely clean up, is pushing your luck because any distracting flaws show up real well.  This 2.61 carat, great yellow emerald cut, was extracted … Continue reading

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Rolling round with yellow, a droplet of color.#911

  The brilliant round standard cut is weighs 1.84 carats and will make a wonderful droplet of color.  They like yellow in tourmaline almost as much as I do.   It appears to be eye clean.   At first I check … Continue reading

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Yellow’s chief defender, a very nice yellow shield cut

  The effort to fill out the color wheel with tourmaline in the pure yellow area has been an interesting quest.  Yellow green is one of the most common colors in tourmaline and is not particularly prized.    I have also … Continue reading

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A face-up beige with a split personality.

  Watermelon is a great term for describing a classic color distribution in tourmaline.  The most famous combination of colors is pink/red in the center with a pale color band separating it from a green skin, but it comes in … Continue reading

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