I am just back from a month long trip to the west coast. Part of the trip was to the Gem Institute of Americas lab in Carlsbad California. Besides reviewing some research on Laurellite, I got to see some beautiful pictures of my collection. This got me thinking about where I am with my work to enhance my collection. The days of wine and roses are over for cuprian and large museum type stones. The cost and availability of rough makes that quest prohibitive. But the quest for color still goes on. The stones I cut may be smaller and more included, but the color of tourmaline and all its variations has not failed me. I hope to have some of the GIA pictures up on this site soon and I am still working to show off my new generation colorful tourmaline.