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RIP the reported demise of a beautiful Afghan Sea Foam tourmaline

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

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One for the Afghanistan mine run

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

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

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

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Great blue pink bicolor from Afghanistan.#947

This emerald cut is a beautiful gemstone.  It has a body that is a little over half pink with the remainder blue.  Both pastel colors have a great medium light tone value.   It appears to be eye clean and of … Continue reading

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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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Eye clean pale blue round from Afghanistan.#735

This round is one of the better blue pieces that I got in a lot I bought from Afghanistan.  It is not only visibly blue, which is better than most of the blue halves of bicolors that broke apart, but … Continue reading

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lightly toned baby pink tourmaline round, Afghanistan#734

This baby pink round is slightly included.  Its light tone value makes a bright sparkly gemstone.  It is from Afghanistan and weighs 1.03 carats. Bruce

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Lightly toned baby pink, slightly included round, Afghanistan.#733

The rough for this round came from Afghanistan in a lot I purchased years ago.  It started out as part of bicolors that broke apart and I also got some very pale blue/achroite pieces in the same lot.  This slightly … Continue reading

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Lightly toned, baby pink, included round#732

This is a very nice piece of baby pink tourmaline from Afghanistan.  It is very flashy and came in a lot with many other pink and pale blue pieces of rough that use to be bicolors, but broke apart.  This … Continue reading

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slightly included, green powerhouse, emerald cut, Afghanistan#446

Viva La Afghanistan and its tourmaline.  This hunk of an emerald cut is pure tourmaline heaven. Now it is slightly included and I can see those pesky disturbances in the force, deep in this flashing well of green, but it … Continue reading

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This is a GEM, exceptional gemstone, sea foam, emerald cut.#444

Now I knew that this was an exceptional gem, but it was in a different tray than the other sea foams, so I never really compare it with them.  Now, thanks to this effort in posting (2013), I have all … Continue reading

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Open ended medium tones blue green emerald cut.#440

This is the type of emerald cut that is not rare in the collection.  It probably came from Afghanistan and is very pretty without being overtly flashy.  It is completely open and is probably eye clean.  There really is nothing … Continue reading

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Barion cushion cut, dichroic, blue green, yellowish green colors, Afghanistan.#435

This is a nice Barion cut that works well with open ended tourmaline, that has enough depth to cut it without excessive weight loss.  The green c axis dominates the cushion while the blue a/b axis fills in the sides.  … Continue reading

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Completely open, bright blue green emerald cut, Afghanistan#432

This is another winner from Afghanistan.  Its yellower c axis sparkles in the end and the bluer a/b axis dichroic color makes for a touchdown.  As usual the stone has great transparency.  It appears to be eye clean and weighs … Continue reading

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Beautiful completely open dichroic green emerald cut. Afghanistan#426

Now I love a great green in a closed ended, emerald cut, but when you see the true potential of green tourmaline in a completely open gemstone with mixing dichroic colors, it is big step up.  Afghanistan again claims the … Continue reading

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Almost square, completely open, green emerald cut, Afghanistan.#401

This is a beautiful almost square emerald cut from Afghanistan.  Its medium tone level is a little high for sea foam, but it is in the same blue green family.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal. … Continue reading

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Bright medium light sea foam oval from Afghanistan.#1194

Sea foam is another color variety that will go out of my way to try and get as much out of it as I can.  This small oval is too small to really get the full effect of the lightly … Continue reading

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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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Achroic, colorless round from Afghanistan#1167

This standard round brilliant is colorless and without inclusions.  It came from Afghanistan and really does produce  some of the purest tourmaline in the world.  The biggest draw back to colorless tourmaline, as a gemstone, is its lack of dispersion, … Continue reading

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

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

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Light toned included pastel blue droplet of color.#111

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

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

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

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

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

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Delicate sea foam oval from Afghanistan.#162

A fine little oval that came with the sea foam lot from Afghanistan.  I has a light tone level that doesn’t support the sea foam color very well, but it is very bright and eye clean.  It weighs .83 carats. … Continue reading

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Sea foam droplet of color, Afghanistan#155

This smaller droplet of color came with the bigger boys from Afghanistan.  It is just a little shaver and lacks the tone value to really show what top grade sea foam can do, but it is still very attractive.  It … Continue reading

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Ideal tone level in a crisp blue green droplet of color.#107

It is tempting to call this a sea foam and perhaps it would be by some people.  It came from Afghanistan or Pakistan and it has a great bright blue green color, but I would not rate its brightness above … Continue reading

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Included pale blue, that I can see, IceT member.#106

At times I have cut rough from a lot, I got years ago from Afghanistan, that has some pieces of tourmaline rough with a touch of blue in it, but when I am finished cutting, I can not see the … Continue reading

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Bright, neon, sea foam droplet of color Afghanistan/Pakistan.#105

This standard round brilliant has the bright neon sea foam look, but is getting a little small for the best tone level.  It is eye clean and of fine crystal.  It weighs .71 carats and joins a select group of … Continue reading

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A sea foam droplet of color from Afghanistan.#102

There are only a few varieties of tourmaline that I think can approach cuprian tourmaline in brightness.  One of them is top quality sea foam from Afghanistan/Pakistan.  And how “neon” the material certainly effects it price. This standard round brilliant … Continue reading

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A long, long ratio, IceT flavored pastel punch of a bicolor emerald cut. #90

For me the cutting of a long ratio (length to width) ratio is an effort to keep the long narrow rectangular facets square.  Actually it is in the polishing, rather than the cutting, that causes my problems,  Generally I only … Continue reading

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Beautiful tricolor, pastel blue green, colorless, pink emerald cut. Afghan #80

This is a beautiful gemstone and the largest of the three examples I got threw a dealer that had direct connections with Afghanistan.  He was also a cutter, but had found them too fragile for his heavy hand.  I was … Continue reading

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A beautiful tricolor, blue green, colorless, pink, emerald cut. Afghanistan. #70

This is a beautiful gemstone.  I was given the opportunity to buy this tricolor rough because it is fragile like many bi and tri color tourmaline.  I was successful in cutting this long ratio emerald cut, but it needed to … 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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Aghan tricolor, uniquely tourmaline, emerald cut. #60

This is a beautiful gemstone.  Not only are the colors, particularly the blue green, are beautiful, but the pale almost colorless and pink end work well together.  Still the blue green  dominates the gemstone.  That is particularly obvious in the … 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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Afghanistan produces a nice pastel green droplet of color.#363

Bright and light are the passwords for this medium light tone, green droplet of color. It has a very slight flaw at the girdle, that makes no difference in the beauty of the gemstone.  It weighs .90 carats, which is … Continue reading

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Medium toned sea foam from Afghanistan, droplet of color#626

This standard round brilliant was cut from the lot of high quality sea foam I obtained from Afghanistan.  It is eye clean and medium toned, but really too small to show the dynamic interplay of the blue green and yellow … Continue reading

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This is a great round of top grade Afghan sea foam.#612

Nothing come close to being wrong with this  wonderful medium sized standard round brilliant.  It is big enough to show off its top grade sea foam color with an ideal tone level.  It is eye clean and Afghan tourmaline is … Continue reading

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Achroite under any reasonable light, round.#609

I have a number of standard round brilliants that were cut from a lot of Afghanistan material I purchased years ago.  I could see a touch of blue in part of the lot, that use to be half of a … Continue reading

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Maybe a touch of blue in an Achroite, round#798

I just rediscovered the key to finding the blue in these nearly colorless standard round brilliants from Afghanistan, direct sunlight, how new and novel.  This gemstone still almost failed the blue test.  It is very bright and flashy and weighs … Continue reading

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Afghanistan Achroite with an eye clean heart.#793

This Achroite from Afghanistan may have a touch of blue, but with my old yellow eyes, I can’t see it.  The round standard brilliant is eye clean and can not anything by bright.  It weighs .48 carats. Bruce

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Bright very pale bicolor for the IceT group, an emerald cut.#792

Of all the pieces in the lot of bicolors from Afghanistan, this is only the second piece that stayed together and could be cut.  I can easily see the faint pink colored, side  and I know there is a little … Continue reading

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Faintest hint of blue and the IceT group is helpfull, round#786

Afghanistan tourmaline is amazingly pure at times.  This standard round brilliant is another example of such purity.  It has just the faintest touch of blue, in a sparkling clean body.  It weighs .33 carats. Bruce

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From light blue rough comes a Achroite, Afghanistan#784

A small standard round brilliant that is very brilliant.  It is pure water white and came from rough that you could see just a hint of blue in.  Well I can not see it now, so I am changing the … Continue reading

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A moderately included bluish green, square Barion cushion.#771

On a trip to the west coast, I was able to cherry pick a large lot of sea foam tourmaline from Afghanistan.  I wanted to get something, but I could not afford much.  The rough for this square Barion cushion … 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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This bright droplet of color looks like a bit of sea foam from Afghanistan#767

When the standard round brilliant gets this small the force of sea foam is much diminished.  The Afghanistan material just does not have the tone level to descend this low.  Still the eye clean round is attractive and has found … Continue reading

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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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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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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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A blue cup of IceT round from Afghanistan#748

This very pale blue stone, and I can clearly see the blue in this one, still made it into the IceT group.  It is a very bright ,lightly included, standard round brilliant.  It weighs .63 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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A ghost round for a tourmaline from Afghanistan#724

It is difficult to see really pale colors in tourmaline because it has a habit of picking up ambient colors and showing off your shirt, the walls etc.  This Achroite has barely enough color to make the IceT group.  Under … Continue reading

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Included round with pleasant baby blue color.#731

This baby blue standard round brilliant is moderately included. the inclusions definitely affect the flash and transparency of the gemstone.  It is from Afghanistan and weighs .47 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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A nice sized sea foam colored round#716

The phrase “eye candy” connotes a certain element of superficiality that this superior, sea foam, standard round brilliant doesn’t have.  But it will grab your eye as soon as you spot it and it is eye candy to me.  Most … 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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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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This colorless (achroite) tourmaline is eye clean and bright, round#703

This .58 carat standard round brilliant is eye clean and from the same lot as #702 and I refer you to the preceding post for a better description of this stone. Bruce

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A very bright eye clean achroic (colorless) round Afghanistan#702

Afghanistan produces some of the most outstanding tourmaline in the world.  It is amazing to me how the pastel colors it produces can be so pure and bright.  This small standard round brilliant has a purity of being,without color, to … 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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This is the mother of all greens in the collection, Barion cushion.

In every lot there has to be the biggest piece of rough.  The rough that cut this large Barion cushion was by far the biggest piece of tourmaline in the lot I bought from Afghanistan.  It was not only the … Continue reading

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Outstanding Dichroic Barion Cushion Cut Afghanistan

This Barion cushion cut has everything you would want in a dichroic blue green/yellow green gemstone.  The blue green is in the middle of the cushion with the the yellow green in the ends.  The medium tone value is just … Continue reading

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Beautiful slightly dichroic green Barion Cushion

This is a beautiful gemstone.  It has a medium dark tone and a green that is a well mixed blend of a slightly yellower and slightly bluer green that are not very different in tone level.  It is eye clean … Continue reading

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Lightly toned Afghan green with touch of pink center, round

This combination of a pale pastel green and pink is a classic and distinctive one from Afghanistan.  Many times the green rind on the rough, that had a watermelon color distribution, is not thick enough to be retained with the … 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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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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A small round of sea foam for the IceT group.

In trimming larger pieces of high quality sea foam from Afghanistan, I cut off a terminus.  This small standard round brilliant came from that terminus.  It has the heart of a champion, but not the tonal value to measure up.  … 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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Wonderfully open ended blue green emerald cut from Afghanistan.

Many people who have become familiar with commercially cut emerald cuts, hold them in low esteem.  They don’t have the scintillation of many other cuts (all emerald cuts share this) and the emerald cut’s flash is lessened by cutting them … Continue reading

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Included pale blue Afghan droplet of color.

This standard round brilliant has eye visible inclusions in a tiny sea of pale blue.  It came from Afghanistan in a lot that consisted of blue and pink included pieces from bicolored crystals that broke apart.  The blue part is … Continue reading

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Great Sea Foam from Afghanistan, round

The droplets wanted this really high quality sea foam from Afghanistan, but she is just too big.  She has a medium toned flawless beauty that can stand alone.   This standard round brilliant is cut with its table perpendicular to the … Continue reading

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A white droplet of color touched with blue.

  The rough for this very very pale blue standard round brilliant came from Afghanistan.  It originally was part of bicolors that broke apart.  I have cut many included light pink rounds from the pink half of the broken bicolors,  … Continue reading

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A Bluer shade of Sea Foam,Barion Cut Cushion. Afghanistan

This Barion Cut Cushion from Afghanistan was not purchased as a sea foam and its color is too blue, but not by much.  It has good crystal, but it is included.  The inclusions appear to be light feathers and under … Continue reading

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Top of the Line Afghanistan Sea Foam Emerald Cut

The title of this post should be put up in neon lights, because this top grade sea foam gemstone is so bright.  It also appears to be eye clean with great crystal.  On top of all that it has a … Continue reading

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Bicolor IceT beverage only for the faint hearted.

I once bought a second round of pale colored tourmaline from Afghanistan for business reasons that did not pan out.  I cut most of the first batch into included rounds that I have presented and written about a number of … Continue reading

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A score of ten for the flawless high quality sea foam from Afghanistan.

This Barion cushion is cut from a very high grade of sea foam tourmaline from Afghanistan.  It has the desirable neon look and the cut blends the blue green and yellow green together wonderfully.  It has great crystal and appears … 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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A GEM Emerald Cut of Afghan Sea Foam

Years ago I bought a National Geographic’s tape about diamonds.  I was still not focused on my destiny in stones.  Part of the tape was about cutting diamonds.  One example was  in India  and showed a boy using a platform … 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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Nice pale blue included round droplet of color

This round has a bid more than an IceT (very light) tone level, and is not overly burdened with inclusions.  It has a clean pastel blue color and a standard round brilliant cut that makes it one of the droplets … Continue reading

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IceT anyone, A modest included Afghan round

The inclusions definitely are visible in this smaller standard round brilliant.  Most of them look like white specks that still permit to the stone to be bright.  There are not major flaws or problems.  Its very pale color is not … Continue reading

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Sea Foam Droplet from Afghanistan

The rough for this stone came from a large lot of high grade sea foam tourmaline from Afghanistan.  I was able to buy one over 10 carats piece and some smaller stones.  This round standard brilliant does not have the … Continue reading

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Included pale blue oval

Not all semi-facet rough is created equal.   Some semi-facet has larger, but relatively few significant feathers that need to be oriented, as much as  possible, perpendicular to the table and other semi-facet material has a diffused web of small inclusion … Continue reading

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Blue, touch of green color dot#1099

Everyone needs a break and sometimes a reality check.  Cutting this color dot is a different experience than pushing around a big stone.  Being delicate and keeping the stone on the dop stick is the first concern.  Then any work … 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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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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Sea Foam Tourmaline from Afghanistan#200

Only Large Barion cut from Large Lot.   One of two Barion Cut from first large crystal.  Weight 13.39 carats     We down to earth people, who actually make things, have been known to scorn those who are just … Continue reading

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How Green is my Afghan Gem#988

  This is a beautiful gemstone.  Its bluer a/b axis blends beautifully with the more yellow green c axis.  I said blend because the tone level of both axis are the same and that gives such a light bright feeling … 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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Blue Afghanistan trilliant beauty.#965

  Now the internet has points that transcend just a way to quickly try and buy faceting rough.  This site for example.  I did write for another site for a while and got to meet some interesting people.  I hope … Continue reading

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baby blue and baby pink bi-color from Afghanistan#946

  When I received this semi- preformed piece of rough in the mail,  with other bi-colors from Afghanistan, I thought it was too go to be true.  It also had a decent price.   Now this rarely happens and it makes … 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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Anyone for ice T, Almost colorless bi-color

    Very pale to moderately toned tourmaline is not rare from Afghanistan.  Much of the material is not flawless, but its “crystal quality” transparency is usually excellent.  The emerald cut was cut from the largest and cleanest piece of … Continue reading

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