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A Blue/Pink/Gray colored mess of a standard round brilliant. #77

My father use to tell me one of his few stories about his college days, that centered on making tuity fruity ice cream, over again many times.  He always smiled and it was good that he had at least one … Continue reading

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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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Magnificent bicolor with yellow crown and rust culet, orange round. Del Delgato#791

I have put together a general post about Del Gado and other sources of rough that peaked at different times in my time of collection building.  Still it should be said here that Del Gado, which is the most northern … Continue reading

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A bicolor of rust and cream emerald cut#547

This is really nice gemstone.  It is about fifty percent rust color and fifty percent cream.  Since the rust color travels down the long axis and colors the cream end, the stone is dominated by rust, but you can still … Continue reading

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Smaller round with rind of blue and a heart of pink.#528

I purchased the rough for this standard round tourmaline as a bit of cuprian color, but my spectrometer said no copper.  It is still interesting, even if it has moderate inclusion that inhibit the flash.  They are at least spread … Continue reading

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A heavily included experiment in the round.#510

The standard round brilliant that is heavily included was just an experiment.  I had purchased some Brazilian “salad”(low grade faceted gemstones) to try and see if I could get something different.(I did get a couple of grayed purples that are … 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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Darker bicolor emerald cut of pink and brown.

Before I was able to buy cuprian material from Mozambique, my opportunities to buy purple tourmaline had been severally limited.  My hope to buy blue purple had been fruitless.  I wished that I had been active when Paraiba was affordable … Continue reading

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A slight bicolor with a peach end and a colorless end emerald cut.

You could call this emerald cut a graded color gems, but I prefer to call it a bicolor with an orange end and a colorless end.  The darker, but still moderate pastel, reflects down the long axis of the emerald … Continue reading

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Old #44 is a large peach oval with a heart of green.

This oval is one of the first larger tourmalines I cut and I even remember the listed sale number it had (44).  The rough was advertised to have peach and green, which can make an undesirable mixture.  I think that … 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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Green and Pink make yellow all in pastel, round

This is another example of a tricky tourmaline from Nigeria.  It is really a combination of pink and green that is mixed by the standard round brilliant into almost a completely uniform blend, that produces a creamy yellow.  There is … Continue reading

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Big and Bright and Brassy, Yellow Green Emerald Cut.

Here is a live one.  This large extremely bright yellow green without any dark tones, emerald cut will not calm down.  I personally think that yellow greens are some of the brightest tourmalines out there.  Whether it is to do … Continue reading

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graded green to colorless emerald cut.

I don’t know if I would call this emerald cut a bicolor, because it really is only one color.  The colorless end might be a very light green, but I doubt it.  The emerald cut is a really bright and … Continue reading

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The IceTs have been waiting for this pale bi-color emerald cut.

This long ratio emerald cut has a very soft pastel tone level.  Yet you can still see the difference between the one half of the gem that is pink while the other half is cream.  It is eye clean and … Continue reading

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A sophisticated cream/pink bicolor emerald cut

This eye clean bicolor is a beautiful smaller emerald cut.  The hot, medium toned pink is a little over one half of the length of the stone, while a cream color fills up the rest.  There does not appear to … 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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Beige on a different axis with a secret, oval.#1045

  Thank goodness I just followed my own advice.  Face up I am looking at a rather paler stone with a darker middle and light pastel ends.  This means that the c axis which usually goes down the long axis … 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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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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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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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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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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Duo-blue/green, A portrait of a star in the tourmaline heaven#942

    The rough for this exceptional gemstone came as an after thought with the most outstanding purple piece of tourmaline I have ever seen.  (the name Duo-blue/green coming from being one of two pieces in the lot) The purple … Continue reading

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Uniquely oriented watermelon emerald cut

  This smaller emerald cut looks like it consists of bands of bluish green on either side of a pinker  band running the length of the emerald cut, where the ends have a much more intense pink color.  Except for … 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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Bi-color emerald cut with a secret

  I love this gemstone.  It has a lot going for it.  It is well over 5 carats and flawless.  The balance of the two colors in the emerald cut is good and the demarcation between the colors is crisp.  … 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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