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Slightly included non dichroic blue green oval#737

This is a very nice and rather different blue green oval.  It has a medium tone level and has a uniform color and tone level because it is not dichroic.  It is slightly included beside the girdle, which has no … Continue reading

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Flawed, medium light, non dichroic, pastel blue green emerald cut.#449

This is a nice sized emerald cut that is not dichroic and has a medium light tone level.  It has fine crystal, but a couple of residual radial flaws spoil the stone clean flashy look.  When I see this amount … Continue reading

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Well saturated, medium dark tone level, blue green emerald cut, Namibia#441

This solid, established member of the tourmaline community appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  The emerald cut has steeply cut ends because they are closed.  Its well saturated, medium dark tone level, blue green color does shift … 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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Bright, medium tone, pastel blue green emerald cut.#439

This emerald cut is only slight dichroic and has a nice, evenly bright, medium pastel blue green color.  It appears to be eye clean and has fine crystal. Even with all of this going for it, the stone is fine, … Continue reading

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A very bright, non dichroic, medium toned, emerald cut. cuprian.#438

This pastel green with a touch of blue, emerald cut stands out in the tray of green emerald cuts.  It has a great medium tone and a very bright eye clean look.  I discovered that this gemstone has copper in … 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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Barely dichroic, medium toned, blue modified green, emerald cut.#428

This emerald cut has a sophisticated green that plays a bit with blue.  It is completely open and barely dichroic.  Still it is not eye candy and it may have just a touch of gray to keep it in line.  … Continue reading

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Well saturated green with a touch of blue, closed ended, emerald cut.#411

If I was an emerald, I would want to look like this green with a touch of blue tourmaline. (like many synthetic emeralds).  The tone level of medium dark along with being eye clean and with fine crystal blows many … Continue reading

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Closed ends but a great green emerald cut.#410

This emerald cut has steeply cut ends, but that doesn’t stop the a/b color from being exceptional.  Its beauty is helped by being eye clean and with fine crystal. It medium dark tone is very rich and smooth.  It weighs … Continue reading

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Included, medium light toned, blue green oval.#1200

This is the last of the four ovals that I cut from a large included piece of rough.  I have written about cutting this stone on another post about cutting included rough, if you would like to read more about … Continue reading

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Nice medium toned slightly included emerald cut.#1191

This emerald cut is dichroic with semi closed ends.  It has a good amount of flash, but is not eye clean.  It has a slight radial feather that is on one side of the table, on the long side.  The … Continue reading

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Included, dichroic, medium dark green trilliant cut.#1187

Now I am not saying the I prefer included stones, to the pure joy of bright, flashing, eye clean perfection, but some inclusions don’t bother me as much as they use to.  This trilliant has a great dichroic green.  But … Continue reading

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Included, long ratio, bright blue green, medium toned, oval.#1184

This is one of the ovals that I cut from a large piece of included rough.  This stone has a moderate amount of inclusions, but is still bright and flashy.  I have posted about cutting this oval in a post … Continue reading

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Medium light tone blue green dot of color#1181

This blue green dot of color is bright and has a medium light tone.  It wished that it was bigger at .20 carats. Bruce

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Medium toned blue green dot of color#1180

This standard round brilliant is a very nice medium tone level, pastel blue green dot of color.  It appears to be eye clean and bright and weighs .20 carats. Bruce

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Blue green pastel dot of color.#1179

This standard round brilliant is a nice medium pastel dot of color.  It is quite and bright and appears to be eye clean.  It weighs .18 carats. Bruce

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Included medium toned pastel blue green oval.#1172

This is one of four ovals that I cut from a large included piece of rough.   I describe the work in another post that discusses the cutting of included rough.  I hope that you would read that for more details … Continue reading

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Included medium toned pastel blue green oval.#1171

This oval was cut along with three other ovals from a large piece of included rough.  I have gone into quite a bit of detail about their cutting in a post discussing cutting included rough.  So I would see that … Continue reading

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Dichroic, but open ended snappy green emerald cut.#1157

This emerald cut has a little less than a medium tone level to set off a yellowish green to bluish green, flashy, color.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It is only mildly dichroic and has … Continue reading

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Standout Dichroic blue green oval#1141

Most of my later, higher number trays, are a mixture of gems as I cut them and not the ordered field that my son put together after the last Carnegie Museum show.  With the desire to post information about every … Continue reading

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Great blue green with a few visible growth tubes oval.#1138

I really like this medium plus tone level of bright blue green color.  The gemstone has one fault. There are a few quite visible growth tubes deep in the culet that parallel the sides of the oval.  I remember thinking … Continue reading

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Darkly toned, dichroic blue green oval.#1136

The ends of this long ratio oval are darker than the middle of the oval because it is dichroic.  Both colors work together well and are nice shades of blue green.  The gemstone has a number of faint inclusion and … Continue reading

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Medium toned, blue green, dichroic gemstone is a droplet of color.#1133

This standard round brilliant has an interest mixture of the two dichroic colors of blue green and yellow green.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It weighs .54 carats and is a droplet of color. Bruce.

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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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A medium pastel green with a nice bluish smile. round#149

This stone #149 needs a picture. This really is a pleasant gemstone.  It color which is mostly green will make you pause to appreciate its bluish flavor, if you look closely.  It appears to be eye clean and have fine … Continue reading

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Green to blue green, medium dark, droplet of color.#140

This is a very pretty droplet of color with a very nice, rich, shifting color between green and blue green.  It likes light as most medium dark tone gems appreciate, but it seems more open than most to more moderate … Continue reading

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Cuprian, medium toned, shift blue green round.#138

The top grade cuprian tourmaline that came out of Mozambique can be much larger and cleaner than the vast majority of Paraiba material from Brazil.  But in both deposit, included material represented the vast majority of the production.   I lowered … Continue reading

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Medium pastel blue green beauty, round.#137

This pastel is outstanding for its open medium tone and a bit of a different blue green hue.  It does slide around blue to green, but is a true blue green.  It appears to be eye clean and as flashy … Continue reading

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One of a continuous grade of blue to blue green rounds.#136

This blue tourmaline just stops short of blue green in my yellowish light, but is a great blue under both daylight and incandescent, so it is an Indicolite.  It is proud to wear the name and be true blue under … Continue reading

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Pleasant, average green with blue overtone, droplet of color.#135

This droplet of color has a green color that is modified by a blue cast.  It is a bright flashy gemstone that appears to be eye clean.  It is a standard round brilliant and weighs .84 carats. Bruce

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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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High quality medium dark blue round#132

My principle supplier from Africa has pretty much given up on supplying a provenance for his tourmaline rough.  He generally deals indirectly with the mines threw a “miner” who really is a whole sale intermediary.  The natural inclination of these … Continue reading

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Bright flashy medium dark blue green droplet of color#126

This round just doesn’t want to be quiet.  It has a deeper tone level, but still seems to have a better flash then many of its brethren of the same tone level. Its blue green color is attractive and it … Continue reading

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A fine medium toned blue green round#127

This gemstone is pretty close to the sea foam from Afghanistan.  It has a little bit darker tone level and is not as neon in brightness.  Still this is a very nice open pastel blue/green that is bright and flashy.  … Continue reading

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medium dark, blue to green droplet of color#125

This blue to blue green droplet of color appears to be eye clean.  It has a medium dark tone that limits flash and its blue color, in natural light, definitely slide toward the green side more than most blue tourmaline.  … Continue reading

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Another blue green round with transparency problems.#122

This standard round brilliant is a medium dark toned disappointment.  The lack of transparency is again evident with  a stone cut perpendicular to the c axis.  It does have some muted flash and a decent bluish color, but it is … Continue reading

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Included. mostly green with blue overtone droplet of color.#114

This standard round brilliant has a good tone level for such a small stone.  The medium plus tone level also helps to mask the dot of color’s inclusions.  So this green with a blue overtone is a decently little gemstone … Continue reading

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Medium toned, modest, blue green droplet of color.#112

need picture If wishes all came true, this .46 carat round would be a lot bigger, but it wouldn’t have to really change in any other way.  It is a fine middle of the road blue green standard round brilliant … Continue reading

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Dark toned powerful blue green round.#111

Do you need a stone that can stand up to that bright afternoon sun at the local barbecue,  then this fine example of a dark toned blue green round from Namibia, should fill the bill.   It has concentrate color power … 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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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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Bright cool refreshing mint blue green, cuprian round#184

Another unexpected copper discovery with my spectrometer that is in a much more desirable (expensive) color, minty blue/green.  The eye clean stone has a very bright, medium light pastel color, but really does not have the neon look to me.  … Continue reading

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A cool touch of blue in a green round.#181

This is not a happy spring kind of green standard round brilliant.  This medium toned green does try to get up in the yellowish light, but a touch of blue keeps it more sophisticated.  It appears to be eye clean … Continue reading

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Non dichroic, rich pastel blue green shield cut.#180

This smaller shield cut is a bit hazy from a lower grade of crystal.  Still its rich blue green pastel color is nice and the naturally flashy nature of the shield cut helps to make this a nice gemstone.  It … 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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longer ratio, blue green emerald cut with steep ends. #400

This longer ratio emerald cut has blue green color and is very dichroic.  It has steep ends that help minimize the darkness in the ends of the gemstone.  It appears to be eye clean and have great crystal.  A fine … Continue reading

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Completely open, medium toned blue green, emerald cut.#395

This is a beautiful gemstone.  It has a great,completely open, medium toned body.  In fact it is not even dichroic, at least by eye.  The color shines from the tray without needing to be flashed and when it is moved, … Continue reading

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Medium dark toned, saturated, blue green emerald cut, included#391

This emerald cut suffers from a flaw that propagated itself as I cut the stone.  The rest of the saturated medium dark toned body is eye clean and of good crystal, but I don’t know if the moving flaw would … Continue reading

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A fine eye clean blue to green emerald cut. #389

This well saturated blue to green emerald cut, shifts with the light.   It has open, but slightly darker ends that still flash quite nicely for an emerald cut.  It appears to be eye clean and has the typically high quality … Continue reading

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An exceptional bright blue green emerald cut turns out to be cuprian.#388

It is amazing to me, that after climbing the pinnacles and wandering threw the valleys, of Namibian blue green tourmaline, there is a gemstone that transcends all of them in the same tray.  The gemstone does not have the most … Continue reading

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Lightly toned, not dichroic, deeply cut, watery blue green, emerald cut.#386

This lightly toned, non dichroic, emerald cut does not look like a classical tourmaline.  If you did not do an index of refraction test on it and find that it has a much higher index than beryl,  I would guess … Continue reading

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Closed ends with steep angles blue green emerald cut.#384

This emerald cut has closed ends.  The medium dark tone and steep ends reveal a well saturated blue green body.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It weighs 1.90 carats. Bruce

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Normally cut, blue green emerald cut, with slight flaw#382

This smaller emerald cut has semi closed ends that are cut with normal angles.  It has a rich well saturated green to blue color depending on the light.  It appears to be eye clean except for a slight flaw in … Continue reading

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Really snappy blue green, not dichroic, emerald cut

Now I like medium dark fully saturated emerald cuts as much as the next man, and maybe more, but when I see a medium tone, well saturated non dichroic barn burn of a blue green, I rejoice.  This eye candy … Continue reading

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beautiful medium toned blue green emerald cut.#377

This is a beautiful gemstone.  Its medium blue green color sparkles everywhere in the stone since its ends are completely open and just a bit bluer than the sides.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  This … Continue reading

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Deep, completely cut, open medium pastel blue green emerald cut.#376

This is a great gemstone.  I cut it with the full complement of 3 steps of facets on the crown and 4 steps of facets on the pavilion.  This, along with a medium toned blue green color, that flashes from … Continue reading

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Outstanding, medium toned, well saturated, blue green emerald cut.#373

This emerald cut is completely open and flashing.  It is slightly dichroic, but from face up, I can not see any darkness or difference in color in the ends from the saturated blue green color on the sides.  It is … Continue reading

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moderately dichroic blue green, moderately toned, emerald cut.#370

This emerald cut easily shows its greener ends and blue green sides when the sun shines on it.  It has a moderate tone that is augmented by not having the ends too dark.  It appears to be eye clean and … Continue reading

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A moderately dichroic blue green emerald cut.#369

This medium toned emerald cut definitely has richer green ends and rather pale bluer green sides.  The green ends dominate the stone, so I would call it a green with an overtone of blue.  The ends though darker than the … Continue reading

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Moderate dichroism and tone in a blue green emerald cut.#368

When the sun shines on this moderately toned blue green emerald cut you can easily see the dichroism.  The more greenish ends are distinctly different from the blue green sides.  It has a somewhat muted color, that may be result … Continue reading

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Slightly dichroic, but not closed, medium dark blue/green emerald cut.#367

This is a very nice medium dark toned blue with an overtone of green.  The color is flash driven and saturated.    It appears to be eye clean and have a fine crystal body.  The dichroism causes some darkening of the … Continue reading

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Medium pastel green with a flaw threw the heart, emerald cut.#366

I should probably replace this smaller emerald cut with another stone.  It medium tone  green with touches of blue is OK, but it obviously cracked while cutting and I can see areas of white from too far away.  It weighs … Continue reading

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Medium lightly toned grayed green emerald cut.#365

This medium lightly toned grayed green goes toward the bluish side when permitted by the light.  It has a bright flashy look with completely open ends.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It weighs 1.91 carats. … Continue reading

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Smaller, bright green with a touch of blue, open ended emerald cut.#362

This smaller emerald cut has a  color many real emeralds would be jealous of.  It is medium dark green with a touch of blue.  It appears to be eye clean and has completely open ends.  Such sparkle in a darker … Continue reading

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Small, bright, open ended, included, blue green emerald cut.#356

This small emerald cut is a very nice gemstone.  Its flaws are not major and the emerald cut is still bright and flashy.  It has a medium toned blue green look that grabs the eye.  It weighs.68 carats. Bruc

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Great blue green in a medium toned emerald cut.#353

No need for steep ends on this bright opened blue green emerald cut.  It is a very outgoing gem with a medium tone level that is not inhibited by poor crystal of inclusions.  It weighs 1.23 delightful carats. Bruce

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Bright, crisp, blue green, steep ended emerald cut.#352

This steep ended emerald cut has a medium dark tone, but the flash driven color is a snappy blue green.  It is a personal stone that appreciates good light.  It weighs 1.17 carats. Bruce

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I should make a mint, on this eye clean, mint colored droplet of color.#632

This standard round brilliant is eye clean and with a great medium tone level.   Its blue green color loves the yellowish lights, but it is still a delight in the gray overcast light of autumn’s waning days.  I was comparing … Continue reading

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Powerful blue green wave from the abysis, droplet of color#628

This standard round brilliant is a personal stone, that draws you into its bottomless reaches of darker blue green, flash driven, color.  It appears to be eye clean, but with its darker tone level minor flaws are not really a … 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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Included minty green droplet of color.#625

This droplet of color, in the yellowish light that I have now, is so bright and rich in color that it is hard to call it minty, but I know that in sunlight is will not be as saturated.  Its … Continue reading

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A great open blue green droplet of color.#604

How can I, a cutter that has scaled such tourmaline pinnacles, call a smaller standard round brilliant with a reasonably common color and tone level great, because it is.  Size does matter with tourmaline, though certainly not as much as … Continue reading

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Tiny dot of color in the blue green world#799

This standard round brilliant is almost the smallest gemstone in the collection.  I cut it while I was experimenting with standard round brilliants to see how small I could cut a stone.  It is a nice rich green with a … Continue reading

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blue green dot of color#796

This small standard round brilliant has a nice bright medium toned blue green color.  It weighs .21 carats and I haven’t gotten smaller than that many times. Bruce

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Nice blue green color dot.#776

This green standard round brilliant has enough tone value to still be darker in this color dot.  It weighs .36 carats and has the typical amount of flash for a darker stone. Bruce

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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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A sea of color in a lower transparent round. Droplets can’t pass it by.#548

This standard round brilliant just doesn’t have the crystal to shine.  None of its flaws flash or are distracting.  But they help keep this gemstone’s beautiful, blue green color, from lifting  it into being a pinnacle of power.  It  weighs … Continue reading

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An emerald cut with open ends and green touched with blue.

No 540 picture for now. This emerald cut has a nice complex color that get touches of blue in a mainly a green world.  The gemstones tone level is delightfully breezy and without any darkness in the ends.  Such a … Continue reading

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A blue green round of middle proportions, droplet of color.#509

There has to be something in the middle of the road to have a middle of the road, and this pastel blue green round fills the bill.   I have nothing bad to say about this standard round brilliant that rolls … Continue reading

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Another round of bluish blush for this green round (droplet).#508

There are many views of nature’s rich pallet of greens in Pennsylvania’s springtime awakening.  The bright and flashy hillside drenched in sunlight and the gathering darkness of the canopy in the deep forest, along with all the grass people continue … Continue reading

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A light pastel blue green droplet of color.#730

Another shade of the complete continuum in tourmaline color from green to blue.  It is a light pastel with the  brightness and flash that you would expect in an eye clean stone.  It weighs .76 carats and joins the raising … Continue reading

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Small, but potent sea foam droplet of color.#725

This bit of a standard round brilliant was sliced off one of the high quality sea foam pieces I got from Afghanistan.  It appears to be on the bluer side of sea foam and has enough tone value to be … 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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An emerald cut with a color that looks like green vegetable juice.,

This emerald cut has a very different feel than the numerous smaller blue greens ones I have been posting about.  It has a fully transparent c axis and a complex rather watery green color under natural light.  Under my yellow … Continue reading

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Smaller blue green emerald cut with closed ends.

This blue green emerald cut obviously has dark closed ends, but I cut it with the normal angles.  I think it makes a better stone (easier to set) even if the darkness invades the center a little more.  The gemstone … Continue reading

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Smaller blue green emerald cut with normal ends.

Another bit of blue green beauty in a smaller emerald cut.  The emerald cut has normal angels on the ends and has an eye clean, darker toned presences.  It and its brothers have help keep me cutting threw some pretty … Continue reading

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Open Ends and Strong shift from Blue to Green, Emerald Cut

This smaller emerald cut has normal angles on the end, because its ends are open.  Open ends lead to flashy ends and having the corners cut off less.  Taken together this makes an emerald cut with closed ends look significantly … Continue reading

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Steep ends and blue green color, emerald cut, trooper.

My collection needs troops like this eye clean, blue green, emerald cut, in significant numbers.  They bring beauty into the world, in an affordable way and let me keep cutting.  They vary in color between blue and yellow green and … Continue reading

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An after dinner, pastel green mint of an oval.

This light green oval has that light pastel look that we associate with babies.  It appears to be eye clean and with decent crystal.  It does not appear to be dichroic and the ends of the oval flash very nicely.  … 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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Large Barion Cut Spruce Green Cushion.

I have a friend that I work with to make beautiful jewelry.  He is an excellent goldsmith and I hope to have some of his work with my stones on this site.  He would look at my collection, which he … Continue reading

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A bit of scatter in a mint green droplet of color

The standard round brilliant grabs your eye.  At first it looks like a sea foam, but it is really too blue for that honor.  It also doesn’t have waves of the two colors (yellowish green and bluish green) mixing together … Continue reading

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Dark flash driven blue green color in a droplet of color.

If you like your sapphires dark, you will like this standard round brilliant with its flash driven blue green color.  It is included in the middle of the pavilion, but the dark tone level hides them pretty well.  It weighs … Continue reading

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Included misty green round

What is misty green, well in this case it is a green that has too much blue in it to be a sea foam.  This, want to be sea foam, is bright and flashy despite having white  inclusions next to … Continue reading

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An average tourmaline green with steep ends emerald cut.

I have cut many gemstone like this classic, medium dark toned, yellow green that drifts into blue green, emerald cut with closed ends.  The emerald cut does benefit from steeper ends, but if I have a decently large ratio between … Continue reading

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A beautiful blue drifter into blue green round.

I like to call this wonderful standard round brilliant a blue, but it will drift into blue green under common lights in the home.  It has a flatter crown that gives the stone an open look with broad colorful flash.  … Continue reading

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Smaller dichroic green oval

This dichroic oval in a mixture of bluer and yellower greens and is nice to see in an oval.  It is darker than ideal, but still displays it color nicely.  It appears to be eye clean and weighs 1.14 carats. … 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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Smaller green emerald cut with closed ends.

There is some blue shifting in this modest green emerald cut.  It has closed ends, but is cut with normal angles.  I personally like the improved flash with normal angles even if the darkness encroaches a bit more from the … Continue reading

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A great sea foam with a small flaw, Barion cut cushion

At first glance, this sea foam Barion cut cushion is a GEM and couldn’t be better.  It has the very desirable “neon” glow in an excellent mixture of bluer and yellower greens.  As I move the stone off face up, … Continue reading

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A darker, but not dense green dancer, round.

There is green in the middle of the range of colors that this gemstone displays.  Under the yellowish light source, there is even a bit of olive in the green, but that all disappears and blue dominates a forest green … Continue reading

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Beautiful blue to green round

Simply put this gem is a rich sapphire blue in natural light and rich emerald green in yellowish light.  My yellowish light is not incandescent, just a miniature florescent in a yellow shade so I am going to check the … Continue reading

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Dichroic, blue green droplet

This standard round brilliant has dynamic color, with both a dichroic effect and shifting from greener to bluer. It appears to be eye clean.   It is still on the dark side of good, but an interesting gemstone none the less.  … Continue reading

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Darker tone Jumper from yellow green flash to blue flash, round.

Here is another good one.  This standard round brilliant is dark enough to have its color mainly flash driven under average lighting conditions.  I have a yellowish light and a diffused midday light to work with.  And this stone’s flash … Continue reading

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Included, medium sized, copper bearing round.

  When I cut this moderately heavily included round I had no idea that it contained copper as a chromophore.  I learned that later when I tested it with my spectrometer.   It is a mildly attractive rather grayed green/blue under  … Continue reading

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A Blue Green Joy, Round

Its after lunch and I am going to try a write some new posts on a tray that I have not looked at for a while.  And what should I pick out next, but a treasure.  A solid medium toned … Continue reading

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A green droplet with the shadow of blue.

This eye clean droplet met the competition and came on board the droplet train.  It has a moderate tone level and an open personality.  Still it isn’t a wimpy watered down round with its bluish  green (mostly green) color.  This … Continue reading

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Sea Foam or Blue Green Droplet

What is in a name, maybe a better price.  I try and limit the use of sea foam to tourmaline from Afghanistan with a medium light to medium tone and two open colors.  A bluer green a/b axis and a … Continue reading

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Medium Toned, Blue Green droplet

This medium toned blue green standard round brilliant has some difficult to see scatter.  It effects the flash more than anything else.  This may be why it is not as bright as most blue greens in the collection.  Still the … Continue reading

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Blue Green Too Dark To Handle?

I remember being shown some larger sapphires years ago, that had such a high tone level that you saw their color only when they flashed.  They had some interest, but were not my choice.  This blue green tourmaline sails in … Continue reading

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Very sharp small round in blue green droplet of color

  This round standard brilliant has been inducted into the droplets of color.  Its medium tone level works great with a blue green that likes to be a blue green.  It really likes yellow light like the rest of the … Continue reading

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Another Nambian blue green winner.

Somehow I don’t think that many blue greens are as bright as a true blues.  It is probably my preference for the rarer blue.  Well this bright Namibian blue green can keep up with the best medium dark toned blues.  … Continue reading

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Moderate Dichroism in Green Oval#241

This gemstones gains quit a bit from its dichroism.  This because its tone in the ends of the oval are quit moderate and the overall stone shows the two colors well.  The typical c axis color is yellower with the … Continue reading

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Nice array of growth tubes in blue/green tourmaline#240

This oval does not have high quality crystal along with a fine array of ghost like growth tubes.  It does have a fine blue green color that darkens toward the ends.  There is no doubt that this is a natural … Continue reading

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Darker ends on smaller oval#239

This smaller oval has a nice blue flash in the middle of the gemstone and darker yellowish green ends.  It is still flashy and really fires up under incandescent lights.  It weighs 1.06 carats and appears to be eye clean. … Continue reading

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Spicy mixture greens in an oval#234

  Another find member of a large family of spicy dynamic green tourmaline.  The  c axis is the yellower color and the bluer color is the a/b axis color.  I always put the a and b axis together because they … Continue reading

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Great Clean Medium Blue Green Oval#229

This oval slides around blue to green and therefor it is blue green.  It has a medium tone and good crystal for a bright stone.  It weighs 1.77 carats.  A nice respectable gemstone that will be sure to please. Bruce

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Green with a blue side, pastel oval

This paler shade of green definitely is on the blue side.  It is not noticeably dichroic and the medium light tone level is refreshing.  It weighs1.15 carats.  It is eye clean and you can easily see inclusion in pastel gemstone … Continue reading

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Medium dark pastel blue green oval.#209

This stone is not very dichroic.  Its darker pastel blue green color has a touch of gray in it.  It weighs 1.28 carats.  It appears to be eye clean. Bruce

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Nice medium dark blue green oval#207

Nice medium dark toned, blue green oval.  It appears to be eye clean and decent transparency.  It weighs 1.36 carats. Bruce

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Definite blue green oval#205

This smaller blue green oval has a medium dark tone.  It appears to be eye clean and has a nice flash from open ends.  It weighs 1.33 carats. Bruce

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Medium toned bluish green.#201

  This smaller oval has open ends and a really bright flashy presents.  It has quite a bit of blue in its green, but it is still a green.  It appears to be eye clean and has good crystal with … 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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A clean cool after dinner mint droplet.#1093

  You have just had a colorful meal and you only need a touch of cool clean color to finish it properly.  Well this eye lean droplet is for you.  It is a nice medium pastel green with a touch … Continue reading

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Blazing Blue Green Color Dot#1081

When I restarted my faceting life, I did not spend a lot of money on rough.  This got me focused on seeing how small a gemstone I could cut. I bought a lot of “mine run” tourmaline rough from Afghanistan … Continue reading

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A Natural Blue that is Shifty, Emerald Cut#1066

  I have seen it before and I hope to see it again.  A beautifully formed emerald cut with four rows of facets on the pavilion and three rows of facets on the crown.  This forms the structure to display … Continue reading

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Crisp Clean BlueTouched with Green Emerald Cut#1061

  Most blue tourmaline is on the green side of blue in the color wheel.  The only other side blue can go is toward the purple and I have found that a blue/purple tourmaline to the hardest part of the … Continue reading

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Darked Ended Blue Green Emerald Cut#1058

  Cutting an emerald cut with steep angles on the ends is really the only way to go with crystals of tourmaline that have closed ends.  The geometry of the cut demands the removal of more material from the corners.  … Continue reading

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One of the Best Blue Green Droplets.#1056

Blue green can be one of the best color ranges for tourmaline.  Even sapphire does not give it much competition.  This droplet is right up there at the head of the class when it comes to color.  It would really … Continue reading

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Blue Spruce Emerald Cut#1041

  I like this good sized emerald cut’s color because it shifts around the blue green spruce look.  Some greens are so middle of the road and have such stability that one glance, as pretty as it maybe, is all … Continue reading

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Outstanding Blue Green Droplet of color.#1027

  It is nice to run into an outstanding stone that should have been remembered, but wasn’t.  At 1.67 carats this standard round brilliant will make a fine droplet.   It is very bright and really loves yellowish light as … Continue reading

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Small Darker Blue Green Emerald Cut.#1020

  This smaller emerald cut is darken by closed ends, but has a good blue color blend with green.  It appears to be eye clean and has some flash in the corners which comes from having normal angles on the … Continue reading

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Smaller blue green oval had clutter#998

  Some tourmaline I still facet have enough clutter in them to significantly reduce their transparency.  In a fantasy world,I would be able to get all the colors I wanted without problems with the purity of the gemstone, but that … Continue reading

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Almost square, very transparent green, to blue emerald cut.#995

This is a beautiful gemstone.   Now that I have gotten that out of the way, this gemstone feels Afghanistan.  I think I purchased it in my last significant lot of green tourmaline from anywhere.  The squarish cut is unusual, but … Continue reading

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A Responsive Engine of Color, Blue Green Emerald Cut#993

  Nicely balanced and brightly tuned this engine of color goes from green toward blue in the drop of a light source.  Since it idles in mixed light most of the time, I call it a blue-green.  It is clean … Continue reading

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Two Distinct Hues in a Green Oval

  Now I love the dynamic nature of hues (color) in many tourmaline, but it can make an effort to honestly present, in both photography and writing, its beauty.  Now this eye clean oval possesses two distinct colors that had … Continue reading

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Blue tinted with Green Emerald Cut#933

  This 1.24 carat is a blue that is tinted with green.  A color that tends to float with more or less green depending on the lights in your life.  It is eye clean under the table of the emerald … Continue reading

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Blue/Green emerald open ends#931

  This rather pudgy emerald cut wins the day with open ends that are more greenish than the rather blue a/b color (typical).  The emerald cut permits you to see the different colors easily because it isolates the c axis … Continue reading

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An underwater color in a small emerald cut.#920

  This small emerald cut at .44 carats swims around between the greens and blues.  I would say it is blue in natural light, which is the light I use to label a tourmaline with a color name.  That is … Continue reading

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Pretty Little Blue Green Emerald Cut#906

  Going down the tray this smaller gemstone does not grab you eye because of its size. but focus and you see a very nice gemstone.  I don’t think that it is perfectly clean like most tourmalines, but nothing really … 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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