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Medium toned purple pink that shifts to orange pink droplet of color.#255

Don’t pigeonhole me cried the purple pink to orange pink with a desire to be a red droplet of color.  The effort to attain individual attention and independence continues in the ranks of the orange red tribe.  They have become … Continue reading

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Peachy pink and ready to roll, round.#251

This one of those troopers that never expects to be notice, but it is a little joy.  It is mostly pink with a touch of peach, but the main interest in the stone is its sharp, high quality crystal look.  … Continue reading

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Mahogany, brown orange, droplet of color.#940

Now what is in a name.  Too much I am afraid.  This standard round brilliant is a pretty gemstone.  It appears to be eye clean and has fine crystal.  Its medium dark tone value still permits the stone to be … Continue reading

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

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

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Pink touched with orange droplet of color.#1195

This standard round brilliant appears to be eye clean.  It is bright and flashy and has just a touch of orange in its pink world.  It weighs 1.72 carats and is a fine addition to the droplets of color. Bruce

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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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Lightly toned, icy blue and eye clean droplet of color.#1170

This is one cool stone of icy blue without a gray cast.  It appears to be eye clean and of fine crystal.  I think that few people would think that it is an indicolite because it not dichroic in the … Continue reading

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A Namibian blue reaching to be a droplet of color.#1154

My principle dealer out of Africa usually does not offer individual tourmalines that are less than 5 carats in size.  He offers the smaller material in lots.  The posted bright blue that is going to be just big enough to … Continue reading

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Moderate pale green droplet of color from Brazil#1150

This standard round brilliant is moderately included.  Its minty green body produces a reasonable amount of flash.  I bought the rough in a lot from Brazil and it was some of the first material I cut, when I was getting … Continue reading

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Included peach pink droplet of color, Brazil#1149

This round was not permitted into the collection for many years because of its heavy inclusions.  I had purchased the rough from Brazil when I started cutting again and loved the color, but couldn’t really cut a clean stone.  The … Continue reading

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Best blue in the house goes to Namibia, droplet of color#1148

Now it is the policy of the house is that the judging of color be done without regard to size, cleanliness or country of origin.  This standard round brilliant won the coveted title of best blue on its own merits. … Continue reading

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Moderately included spring green droplet of color.#1147

This standard round brilliant has a nice , spring green,  look despite its moderate inclusions.  Its medium tone level is much in demand with the droplets of color.  It weighs 1.36 carats. Bruce

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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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Darker blue green round with reasonable flash. Droplet of color to be.#1110

This standard round brilliant appears to be eye clean and has reasonable flash for a darker gemstone.  One that likes the sun and an intimate glance.  The blue green components of the stones hue are well balanced.  It weighs .86 … 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 dark sultry pink that wants to be red droplet of color.#24

It is dark enough for a pink to sink into red, but it keeps floating above the color level.  It appears to be eye clean and seems to have a slight overtone of purple.  This would help explain why this … Continue reading

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Medium plus tone level and slight inclusions droplet of color.#17

The droplets of color have been waiting a while for a nice richer pink to fit into their group.  This slightly included standard round brilliant is just such a stone.  As usual this variety of tourmaline is at least slightly … Continue reading

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Nice, eye clean, average pink droplet of color#14

Where would the collection be without a multitude of troupers, small stones with reasonable properties, but nothing different.  It would be much smaller and I would have run out of material to cut a long time ago.  This is one … Continue reading

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A pink trouper for the droplets of color.#13

This is a pretty average standard round brilliant.  Its color is a bit redder than average, but not much.  It has the expected inclusions, but the cut is still a bright pleasant medium pink.  It weighs 1.09 carats the places … Continue reading

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Purple pink with a nice medium tone level, droplet of color.#12

I have seen problems with a lack of transparency in pinks that have a purplish cast.  So it is really nice to have this beautiful standard round brilliant that is completely open and eye clean with a spicy color. It … Continue reading

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Medium toned, lightly included lavender droplet of color, cuprian #11

I love lavender tourmaline and can turn a very deaf eye to their inclusions.  But with this standard round brilliant I don’t have to.   It has some fine scatter, a but it is pretty transparent and flashy.  The color has … Continue reading

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Bright medim toned pink droplet of color.#9

This standard round droplet of color is a little fireball.  It is very transparent and appears to be eye clean with fine crystal.  Its bright, flashing, medium level properties would present a pretty face in any piece of jewelery.  It … Continue reading

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Well saturated rich pink with slight inclusion, droplet of color#8

This standard round brilliant has a slight inclusion that does not effect the beauty of the stone.  It is brighter than many pinks and has a better more saturated color.  It weighs .77 carats and is a fine medium toned … Continue reading

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Red/Pink, how little it takes to sway me, great droplet of color. #7

If you have read many of my posts about pink tourmaline, you will see that pink is the most common color, by far, that is suitable for making rounds.  So I am a bit jaded when it comes to many … Continue reading

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richer toned medium pink droplet of color.#6

This standard round brilliant is a nice ring size.  Its tone level is a bit higher than medium because of its larger size.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  This makes a flashy gemstone, but not … Continue reading

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Hotter slightly inclued pink droplet of color.#5

This standard round brilliant pink is getting hotter.  It is only slightly included and with good crystal.  That, along with a medium tone level makes a bright flashy stone.  It weighs .79 carats and shines in the pool of the … Continue reading

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Good saturation in a medium dark toned pink droplet of color.#4

In working with color, the word saturation is not how deep the color is, but rather how pure the color is.  That is how much gray hinders the color.  Most if not all of my pinks have a good saturation, … Continue reading

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Average darker pink droplet of color.#3

It appears that this medium dark pink droplet of color is eye clean.  It still does not reach the flashing heights of the hot pinks, but would stand up better to bright lights and bit more soiling than the pastels.  … Continue reading

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Included medium pink droplet of color.#2

This pink standard round brilliant may have a touch of purple in its color.  I see one feather between the table and the girdle, but there are probably more light inclusions, because this is a color that is generally included.  … Continue reading

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Eye clean with good crystal, lavender droplet of color, cuprian#1

I usually don’t advertise the gemstones cleanliness in its title, but with cuprian tourmaline it is a question with every stone, no matter how small.  I am sure that I purchased the rough and finished the standard round brilliant before … Continue reading

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Light blue, eye clean, droplet of color.#150

How nice it is, an apparently eye clean, lighter blue, completely open, droplet of color.  It has fine crystal and is ready to flash and dance at a moments notice.  It certainly could be an aquamarine, but tourmaline has a … Continue reading

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One of the crop of Namibian rounds that sings the blues.#145

need picture #145 The current of Namibian blue that flows threw the collection is not always very large, but it is precious.  This smaller standard round brilliant does take to the greenish blue side in my yellowish light, but is … Continue reading

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A fine medium light toned pastel blue round.#144

Under my yellowish light this pastel blue, which stays blue, really drinks in the color and becomes a solid medium tone.  I have to realize that this gemstone will not be as intense under daylight. (I also checked the back … Continue reading

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Namibian blue with an order of white inclusions on the side, round#143

This standard round brilliant is compromised by a significant white inclusion about half way between the girdle and the table.  It doesn’t flash, but it is quite visible.  Still the stone has such a beautiful blue and it still sparkles.  … 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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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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Just your average nice little green droplet of color.#129

Man can not live on eye candy alone.  This little standard round brilliant is an honest green droplet of color that never pretends to be more than it is.  It appears to be eye clean with an average green color.  … 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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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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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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A normal medium toned green droplet of color.#185

This standard round brilliant has a nice even medium toned green.  It has no noticeable dichroism and appears to be eye clean.  This is a fine combination for a 1.36 carat stone that earns it a pathway to droplet heaven. … Continue reading

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Medium rich green with slight inclusions, cuprian droplet of color.#175

Of all the colors I explored with my spectrometer for copper, the most discoveries of copper were made in greens.  I also had quite few indications of copper in pink/red, but there are technical issues with that color of tourmaline … Continue reading

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Slightly included, nicely saturated, yellow green, cuprian, droplet of color.#174

I was most fortunate to be in the hunt for different colors in tourmaline, when Mozambique began to produce cuprian tourmaline.  Then it was years before the copper bearing nature of the deposit was revealed in a reverse Alexandrite color … Continue reading

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Richer yellow green droplet of color.#172

When I venture out into the world of tourmaline rough for sale, I do not really think about what I want, rather what I have an opportunity to buy.  If I am able to make a tentative list of possible … Continue reading

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Fine medium dark forest green droplet of color.#171

Honesty is the best policy, but I don’t claim to be unbiased.  I think that tourmaline has the most exciting greens in the gemstone world.  It might not have the ultimate green of an emerald buried in a museum or … Continue reading

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The droplets of color demand this green with golden wash, cuprian round.#165

This standard round brilliant is a nice, eye clean, gemstone with a flashy, medium dark tone green, that is a bit on the yellow side.  I found out that this round was cuprian because I tested it with my spectrometer.  … Continue reading

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Medium dark forest green droplet of color.#161

This standard round brilliant appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  I don’t see any dichroism in its medium dark, forest green color.  It is nice to have another green droplet of color.  It weighs 1.52 carats. Bruce

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

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

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This medium light, pastel yellow green, droplet of color is included.#152

This gemstone has a galaxy of tiny flashing inclusions.  It certainly effects the droplets of color’s flash.  But in a way it makes it look more like candy, that is also enhanced by the stone light tone values.  It weighs … Continue reading

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Nice medium dark green droplet of color.#151

This standard round brilliant has some minor inclusions that have no effect on the stones flash.  The droplet of color has a nice medium green color that flashes in a medium dark body.  It is simply a nice medium dark … Continue reading

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Medium toned forest green droplet of color. #109

This standard round brilliant does not have the darkness of the deep forest, but it does have a hint of evergreen in its pretty middle of the road green.   It appears to be eye clean and with a moderate flash … 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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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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Small Namibian blue round, droplets of the gods.#103

I don’t mind taking a moment to talk about Namibian blue tourmaline.  Namibia is one of the small, select, group of locations in the world that  produces brilliant pure blue tourmaline that deserves to be call Indicolite.  The material can … 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 pure and simple golden droplet of color with a thinner crown.#94

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

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Included bright yellow droplet of color. #82

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

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Be cool orange droplet of color. #75

Now when I see a bright orange piece of eye candy, I get excited, but the posted droplet of color leaves me with a different feeling.  It is just a toned down cool cat, that doesn’t like to run with … Continue reading

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

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

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This droplet of color is a dark brown with flashes of violet. #68

Every brown is a desaturated (not a pure tone) color and this dark toned droplet of color, spectral color is violet.  In good light you can see the violet flash, but when the clouds move in, the flash turns to … Continue reading

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Slightly included, medium dark, well saturated droplet of color. #67

This rich orange drink is tempered with brown and looks like you should find its color at the bottom of a shot glass.  It is an intoxication little standard round brilliant for those addicted to orange in tourmaline.  It is … Continue reading

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A honey of a golden orange droplet of color. #66

This round has a lower crown than usual, which gives the stone a very open appearance.  It really is a sweet gem with a bright, eye candy, look of golden orange honey.  it appears to be eye clean and the … Continue reading

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Dichroic rich golden color in a droplet of color. #65

You can see both dichroic colors face up in the rich golden colored droplet of color.  But the paler a/b axis color is completely dominated by the rich medium toned golden c axis color.  The round appears to eye clean … Continue reading

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Delicate pale yellow to golden droplet of color. #63

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

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

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

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Darker orange some would call burnt droplet of color #55

I have never really liked the term burnt for orange and this droplet of color really has a pretty good saturation level in a medium dark tone level.  It really does not have an excessive level of brown.  It appears … 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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Nice to come home to a solid pastel yellow droplet of color. #52

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

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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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Pale blue sky with a galacy of faint inclusions, droplet of color.#649

This sky blue round is a bit restricted by many faint inclusions that add up to a low quality crystal.  Still if you keep it moving, it will flash you a nice smile.  It has a medium light pastel look … Continue reading

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Light pastel non-copper purple, droplet of color.#648

  A standard round brilliant, non copper, less tone level than the following cuprian purple, but very similar hue (color).  It weighs 1.01 carats. A standard round brilliant, cuprian, a bit darker than the non copper above, but with a … Continue reading

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Rich, lush, mysterious jungle green droplet of color.#647

This round has a dark flash driven green color that brightens up the rim of the crown, but leaves the center mysterious.  The body appears to be both eye clean and with fine crystal, so the lack of flash in … Continue reading

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Orange droplet of color, a bit pale for the contest.#645

This gemstone protested the results of the contest between three of its orange brothers.  The judge, me, had ruled that the posted droplet of color was just bit too low in tone to compete.  Now that I have taken a … Continue reading

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A gray sweeps in to save the day, droplet of color.#640

Now the droplets take pride in having every hue (color) and I try to help them all I can.  But a true gray in tourmaline is not common.  Having colors that are grayish is a piece of cake.  But this … Continue reading

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One vertical feather and the green flashes on, droplet of color#639

I can see I was successful with this standard round brilliant in getting the principle feather to intersect the table at about ninety degrees.  Face up the  feather is just a narrow whitish line.  The bright, rich, exceptional, slightly yellowish … Continue reading

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A shifty blue that has a green streek depending on the light, droplet of light.

This medium toned blue shifts to more green than expected under the yellowish light.  But boy does it love incandescent light.   So we will call it a blue green pastel, droplet of color, with visions of greatness, because it drinks … Continue reading

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Not quite a midnight rose, droplet of color.#637

This pink has been toned down by a wash of purple to make a medium dark rose that blooms a dark smile.  It is interesting how a touch of purple increase the tone level significantly in pinks that would probably … Continue reading

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The votes have been counted and this is a hot pink droplet of color.#636

I have enough pinks in the tray of fifty I am working on to begin to compare what I have written on the back of the droplets storage boxes.  I am really not that consistent.  It probably has to do … Continue reading

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A mildly dichroic yellower orange, droplet of color.#635

This is a bright and flashy,  yellowish orange, droplet of color.  Where the three oranges that competed in the contest, to see who was the best orange in the droplet of color group., were purer orange, this one is too … Continue reading

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Nice medium toned baby blue droplet of color.#634

You have seen this baby blue many times in life and now this tourmaline has a really pretty setting for it.  The standard round brilliant is eye clean and with a fine crystal.   The droplet of color even stands out … Continue reading

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Beautiful average pink rolls on in the collection, droplet of color.#633

This standard round brilliant is not your average pink tourmaline in the trade, but it seems to be what I am inclined to buy when I have the chance.  The posted droplet of color has a great medium tone and … Continue reading

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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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Cuprian, Purple droplet of color from Mozambique (included)#630

A very nice rare color in tourmaline, I call purple, needs copper to being it to the level of saturation that I see in this standard round brilliant.  The inclusions, which frankly are expected, can not draw me away from … Continue reading

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

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

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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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And the third orange contest is this droplet of color.#627

Posted stone, bit light, brilliant orange weighs .87 carats Winner of the contest of three oranges, weighs .77 carats. Bit darker brilliant orange weighs .62 carats. This standard round brilliant is the third droplet of color in the contest to … 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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Included rose colored droplet of color.#624

This rose, a pink with a touch of purple, has inclusions that are light and in line with the hot pinks.   It is still bright and flashy for a medium toned standard round brilliant.  It weighs 1.41 carats and … Continue reading

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A rose, freshly bloomed, in a droplet of color.#623

This standard round brilliant has just a touch of purple in the pink, that I call rose.  It is not as bright as the hot pinks.  But it is a fine gemstone, that is eye clean and with good crystal, … Continue reading

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A single inclusion in a great green droplet of color.#622

I am guilty of pushing the rough to get the best yield I can while protecting the color potential of the piece of rough.  What has to give, at times, is the retention of flaws that could have been removed.  … Continue reading

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Please pass the extra virgin olive oil, droplet of color.#620

Olive oil has grown in popularity over the years and I vote for this color to get more respect in tourmaline too.  It doesn’t have to be rare to be good for your color appreciation. It sets off its color … Continue reading

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Clean, Bright, Cuprian, Purple Punch, droplet of color.#619

I think that I have posted about how forgiving I am with purple tourmaline that are cuprian.  Well this standard round brilliant just shrugs the concern off with a great eye clean body and a sparkling bright purple personality.  A … Continue reading

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The green green grass of home, droplet of color#618

I was not born to grow great grass at home or anywhere else.  Still I was fortunate to cut a piece of rough that produced this exceptional, green as grass, green.  I think that this standard round brilliant can stand … Continue reading

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Pale, completely uniform yellow green pastel, droplet of color#617

This tourmaline was born to not look like tourmaline.  The standard round brilliant that was cut from it is bright and flashy, but with only enough tone level to just keep out of the IceT space.  It could easily be … Continue reading

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Hot pink rounds to keep tourmaline color on fire, droplet of color#616

Nothing like a standard round brilliant that is eye clean and on fire with hot pink to keep the tray  of fifty rounds lighted up.  This eye candy is not as rambunctious as some, but then it is more high … Continue reading

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Olive yellow green droplet of color.#615

Now there are all sorts of olive greens in tourmaline and it is not a particularly prized color.  This medium dark, standard round brilliant, has decent flash for it tone level.  It also appears to be eye clean with good … Continue reading

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Red as Rubellite should be, droplet of color#614

I was reading that Rubellite should be dropped from being a trade name for red tourmaline because it is deceptive.  This despite the fact that Rubellite is an old established name under which millions of tourmaline have been sold.  The … Continue reading

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Grayed Purple Droplet of Color without Copper#611

The vast majority of purplish tourmalines do not have copper as a chromophore, but I remember the cuprians the most because they are saturated. (and expensive)  This droplet of color has a nice medium toned lavender color, but the grays … Continue reading

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A richer red pink more mature droplet of color.#610

Now this standard round brilliant is not against playing with the eye candy, hot pinks, it is just that it take itself more seriously.  It has fine flash and appears to have an eye clean body, but its darker toned, … Continue reading

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Pure Punch of Pink, hot to the eye, droplet of color#608

This hot pink standard round brilliant is blessed with an eye clean body.  It is not ashamed to be forward with its bright medium toned flash.  I can really never get enough of this color, but I dream more about … Continue reading

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A mature, toned down purplish pink droplet of color.#607

This standard round brilliant is riding on the edge of red, while being dragged down in tone by a wash of purple.  I guess being dragged down seems a little negative and this rose colored stone is very attractive, but … Continue reading

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Included a bit toned down hot pink droplet of color#606

When you have enough tourmaline pinks (or other colors) to compare you can begin to see some subtle color differences in tourmaline.  At least that is one of the goals I hoped to achieve with my collection.   This hotter pink … Continue reading

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Included hot pink droplet of color.#605

With the notable exception of Nigeria, if you want to be included in the hot pink world, you just have to be included.  This standard round brilliant toed the line and still is a beauty.  It light inclusions have a … 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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Orange, Orange, Orange droplet of color.#602

Posted stone, weight .62 carats. Winner of the contest .77 carats. Third contestant in the contest  .87 carats. There are three candidates for the title of the best all around orange in a smaller stone, from the droplets of color’s … Continue reading

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Highly transparent pastel blue droplet of color.#601

This standard round brilliant has a medium light tone level  and a very open non-dichroic face.  It could be considered a baby blue and is eye clean, bright and flashy.  It weighs .76 carats and is certainly a droplet of … Continue reading

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A blue Namibian droplet of color.

This standard round brilliant is blue.  It seems so inadequate to say that these droplets of color from Namibia are just blue because the are great stones.  I have not been able to get much larger blue tourmaline from Namibia … Continue reading

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A solid sparkling pink droplet of color#800

This standard round brilliant is really a fine little stone.  It is eye clean with fine crystal.  It pink is crisp and without overtone.  It weighs 1.03 carats and would make a delicate piece of jewelry beautiful. Bruce

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A Dichroic, Gold Droplet of Color#794

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

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A beautiful medium toned blue droplet of color from Namibia.#778

This standard round brilliant is a blue that stands up to yellow light without greening.  Sparkles even in muted light and is able to climb tall cutters in a single bound.   I keep buying Namibian blue when I can, it … Continue reading

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A smaller plain green droplet of color.#773

This standard round brilliant has a good tone level for a smaller droplet of color.  The rather sedate green is just that green.  It seems with tourmaline you are always reaching for adjectives to describe the multitudes of greens.  Well … Continue reading

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

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

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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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Dark flash driven blue droplet of color#760

This standard round brilliant couldn’t  be much larger to keep any transparency with such a dark toned blue.   The blue flash is without green and is quite a good solid blue, that deserves to call an Indicolite (pure blue tourmaline).  … Continue reading

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Slightly included peach droplet of color.#754

This smaller standard round brilliant has a nice medium tone and a clean peach look.  It slightly included, but still very bright with no signs of brown.  It weighs .55 carats and joins the droplet of color. Bruce

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Great light minty green droplet of color.#753

This standard round brilliant is a really  crisp pastel green with a touch of blue.  It would make a fine after dinner mint if it wasn’t so hard.  It is eye clean and very bright.  It weighs 1.23 carats and … 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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Blue to blue green droplet of color#538

This blue to blue green round has a great medium dark tone level.  It is bright in a reasonable light and looks rich and delicious.  The droplets of color will have a feast with this new member.  The standard round … Continue reading

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A great medium toned green droplet of color.#520

This standard round brilliant is slightly included, but still bright and flashy.  It has a great medium tone level that reminds me of sea foam.  I would call it sea foam, except that I like to leave sea foam for … Continue reading

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Classic hot hot included pink droplet of color#519

This is what hot pink tourmaline looked like for most of the old days.  It was and is a great color in this standard round brilliant, but it always was included.  Included to such a significant degree that it impacts … Continue reading

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A step up from the average pink round, to be droplet.#514

This standard round brilliant has a great medium tone level and is just a step up from the the average baby pink round, that has been presented.  It is eye clean and is a really reflective little gemstone. This is … 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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Make way for a little red round that shouts Rubellite.#504

It is my opinion that Rubellite (varietal name for red tourmaline) should be used with the reddest most intense color that tourmaline is capable of producing.  Not pinks or reds that desaturate to brownish off color gemstones.  Smaller gemstone usually … Continue reading

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

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

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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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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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Golden Brown Honey for the Droplet of Color#727

This standard round brilliant is a sweet treat for the droplets of color.   A brown overtone maybe a liability for some gemstones, but not for the pretty piece.  It is only a touch of honey brown and that makes the … Continue reading

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Namibian Indicolite with single inclusion, droplet of color.#726

This standard round brilliant is blue and will have nothing to do with green.  It purity is compromised by an easily seen white non-reflective inclusion that is close to the girdle.  I don’t believe that it endangers the physical integrity … 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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Open Bright Green Droplet of color.#224

Another rare find in a bright medium toned green that is open enough to be a standard round brilliant.  It appears to be eye clean and has fine crystal.  There are never enough of these for the droplets of color.  … Continue reading

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Dichroic golden orange with yellow mate, droplet of color.#723

This is a very nice standard round brilliant that is dominated by its c axis color of golden orange, that still must share some of the spot light with the a/b axis yellow color.  This color distribution is caused by … Continue reading

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A slightly dichroic minty green, droplet of color#709

Green standard round brilliants are not as common as you might think because of problems with dichroism.  Either the c axis is too dark to cut a round or one of the axis does not have a desirable color.  So … Continue reading

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Darker pink with a punch of purple, round

I have this standard round brilliant marked as a pink, but something is both making it darker and toning down the flash.  I think that it is a punch of purple that I have seen often in pink tourmaline.  This … 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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A pink with a touch of purple, medium dark round.#255

This standard round brilliant is a little frisky, but it stays a medium dark pink with some purple in my white lights.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It weighs 1.68 carats and was corralled by … Continue reading

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Average tone level pink peach droplet of color#251

This standard round brilliant is a pretty average pink peach trooper ready to work with the droplets of color.  It has a medium tone level.  It appears to be eye clean with good crystal and weighs 1.50 carats. Bruce

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Medium Pink with just a hint of violet, cuprian round.

This one is for the books.  A standard round brilliant that looks so medium pink that I need to compare it with other pinks, to see the cuprian violet in it.  And I bought this stone as cuprian.  The lack … Continue reading

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Dark flash driven sapphire blue round

This standard round brilliant is cut with a shallow crown because the gemstone is dark.  Most of the flash driven deep blue color is around the sides of the table.  The lack of transparency of the stone can be linked … Continue reading

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A highly transparent golden droplet of color.

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

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Clean and Bright and Light Yellow, Droplet of Color.

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

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A golden droplet of color.

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

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Rich pink that is a Rose by the judgement of the droplets of color.

This standard round brilliant is slightly included.  I has a rich pink that I would call rose, because it has a touch of purple  in it.  As usual the purple pinks are not as flashy as the rest of the … 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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It is final, this is the best green, bar none, in the collection!

Now that is a big title for such a small stone, but it is true.  This standard round brilliant only weighs .21 carats, but it is a chrome tourmaline and that means GREEN.  Chrome is really a misnomer because it … Continue reading

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Lavender IceT that is a droplet too. Copper Bearing

Sometimes it is not too bad to be small.  I am a standard round brilliant and I am in demand because I am lavender and eye clean.  I just wish that the IceT group didn’t think I belonged.  I hate … Continue reading

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A medium dark pink droplet of color

When I compared this standard round brilliant with other pinks in the collection, it comes in a little richer than most pastels.  It certainly does not approach the red/pink area that tends to be included.  This richer round appears to … Continue reading

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Another red that really is more of a rich pink droplet.

This is the posted round that just misses being a red. This is the winner of the big red one prize. wow This standard round brilliant is marked on the box red, but it really looks more like a rich … Continue reading

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Violet droplet sighted on the starbord side, captain.

It has been a long journey for this smaller and included gemstone to reach safe harbor in a plastic box in my collection.  In a distant land, awash in gemstones, the secret of its color was undiscovered.  Then some natives … Continue reading

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A lighter lavender with a selection of moderately light inclusions, round

Lavender, in the words of a poet, is copper’s sweet song of seduction in tourmaline.  It seduces me into accepting flaw material that would be questionable in other colors of tourmaline.  And when I am reward with an included gemstone, … Continue reading

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Off the edge peach lands in with the droplets of color.

This moderately included standard round brilliant has a different peach look.  It is a muted look and I think that I hit it on the head, when I wrote on the back of its box, dusty golden peach.  Now don’t … Continue reading

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A great round blue from Namibia, droplet time again.

For a smaller standard round brilliant this medium toned, blue, droplet of color can not get any better.  It has it all, even a stable color, and give a closer look, pleasure.  It came from Namibia and weighs in at … 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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Lavender purple without copper droplet

This standard round brilliant is a welcome guest because it is pastel purple without copper content.  One of the complexities of color in tourmaline is the production of similar if not exactly the same color by different chromophores.  In this … Continue reading

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Darker forest green with less transparent center, droplet of color.

This standard round brilliant is a nice clean rich forest green. The gemstone was cut with the c axis perpendicular to the table and that is causing some lose of transparency under the table.  It still has a great ring … Continue reading

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Sultry, bright, included, pink that may have copper droplet.

\This standard round brilliant is included like most of the rich sultry pinks are.  I saw some indications of copper with my spectrometer in this gemstone, but I can not confirm the finding because my instrument tests too narrow a … Continue reading

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The team of orange droplets of color is building.

This standard round brilliant is just another great little orange.  The droplets are fortunate to have a draft pick at the right time.  She is eye clean and bright and the type of orange I actively sought out for years.  … Continue reading

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Included gray that is stable, droplet of color.

I was once reading a list of tourmaline color published by the Gem Institute of America (GIA).  It did not list gray.  I can see why they would over look it, but I love a good solid gray and this … Continue reading

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How green is my grass with a bit of inclusions, droplet of color

I realize that green tourmaline is recognized as generally a flawless gemstone, but lighter toned exciting greens generally have some inclusions.  This standard round brilliant is just a fine grass green.  It is dichroic so the grass tends to flash … Continue reading

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Bright, eye clean pastel blue, droplet of color

This standard round brilliant is a pastel blue with it all.  It is a droplet of color that soaks up the diffused lighting of a fading day with great effect.   The effect is an intensifying of the color that is … Continue reading

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Browner more forceful orange with hint of red, droplet of color.

From a distance this standard round brilliant might appear to be a brown, but on a more personal relationship level, it reveals a complex personality.  Orange flash with a hint of red fill the rotating stone and declares its difference.  … Continue reading

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Just another beautiful pink, droplet of color

There is nothing wrong with this, on the money, standard round brilliant pink.  It should be a star someday in a beautiful piece of jewelry.  It certainly is a hot medium pink with pizazz.  It weighs a nice 1.,46 carats … Continue reading

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Baby blue with a sparkling inclusion, droplet of color.

This light blue would be great for a baby and comes dressed on a standard round brilliant.  The gemstone is bright and flashy, but has eye visible inclusions under the table.  It has been nominated for both the IceT group … Continue reading

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Pink, rolling, rolling, rolling, droplet of color

This standard round brilliant looks to be a perfect pink at first glance.  It medium dark toned pink is not burdened with an over tone.  It crystal is excellent and I almost gave it an eye clean rating.  But it … 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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A shade of pink purple owned by copper, droplet of color

Color in tourmaline is truly a wonderful trip, but you have to be careful about coming to conclusions about its chemistry based on color alone.  Two areas of major confusion are the coloring of Dravite the species with either chrome … Continue reading

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There are bound to be inclusions with purple, cuprian, droplets of color

I have one museum stone that is eye clean and the purple of a life time.  I also have clean paler purple tourmalines that probably were partial heat treated from large, dark toned, reddish pebbles, that were found very early … Continue reading

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This yellow has to be included in the droplets of color

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

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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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Pure and sweet orange for a juicy droplet of color

This standard round brilliant is a perfect orange wave.  It is true to its color, eye clean and very bright.  What more can you want in a rare tourmaline color. (a bit bigger would help).  Another success for the droplets … Continue reading

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Darker toned average rose droplet of color

This standard round brilliant has some inclusions half way down the culet.  They are hard to see because of the dark tone of the stone.  This gemstones color is an average rose and it weighs1.41 carats.  It is a droplet … Continue reading

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A rose without a thorn round

This eye clean average rose colored standard round brilliant is a droplet of color.  It has not too dark, or too light, or has anything wrong with it and nothing outstanding either.  It weighs .88 carats. Bruce

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Average darker toned yellow green round.

This standard round brilliant has a couple of white flaws and a faint feather that are  next to the girdle.  They do not impact the beauty of the gemstone very much.  The rest of the stone has  decent clarity and … Continue reading

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Included bright pink with hint of purple, round

This medium bright pink standard round brilliant has a hint of purple, that makes me think it may have copper.  The absorption data from my spectrometer is ambiguous so I can not really tell.  I can say this, the gemstone … Continue reading

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A dichroic orange of pastel and bright tones. droplet

This standard round brilliant has a rare saturation in orange that is not dimmed by desaturation to brown under different white lights.  It is dichroic, but both colors , one a pastel and the other a bright orange, mix to … Continue reading

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

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

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great color, purple, I know this is cuprian, droplet of color.

I don’t need a spectrometer to know that this standard round brilliant is cuprian, though I did check it out.  It is written in the purple color of its being.  I could use a fancier name for purple, but I … Continue reading

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A bright grass green droplet of color.

This standard round brilliant is a glorious grass green color.  It has a medium dark tone value that is enhanced by great crystal and an eye clean demeanor.  It is also not noticeably dichroic.  You might think that it was … Continue reading

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Green IceT over ice, droplet of color

This standard round brilliant is a yellow green, but it is cool and icy light. With a tone level that darn near hits bottom, this eye clean droplet is very bright and crisp.  It weighs 1.03 carats and helps bring … Continue reading

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A Hot Pink Blessed with Purity

I am afraid that I failed the grade when I put a label on this standard round brilliant years ago.  I put hot pink on it when it is even richer/darker than a pink, I used to try and separate … Continue reading

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Dichroic yellow green and yellow brown droplet of color.

There has been quite a bit of looking at this standard round brilliant stone before its color was figured out.  At first glance it seemed almost like a gray, but then brownish flashes appeared.  Now that doesn’t make a lot … Continue reading

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Real Red for a Real Droplet of Color

This is one of the anchors upon which the good ship tourmaline, manned by the droplets of color, stays on course.  Except for a few rare cases involving zoned crystals, the reds always have a darker tone value.  And sometimes … Continue reading

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An orange for all seasons droplet of color.

When I started cutting again after a long hiatus, I was particularly interested in purples and oranges.  I have found golden oranges in abundance out of Africa and some of it has driven me up the wall because it is … Continue reading

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Stormy purple droplet of color.

c The rough for this standard round droplet of color came from Madagascar.  It is a rather peculiar grayed purple that I have more examples of.  I get the feeling of a cold austere soul that will join the droplets … Continue reading

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Red/Pink droplet of color

When does a pink cross the line and become red?  Tourmaline shares this problem with corundum (ruby and pink sapphire) and it can be a very personal opinion,  that will be debated forever.  I think that lightning makes a big … 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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Pink is Pink droplet of color

When is a pink, a hot pink or just a pink.  Well I’m in the middle of a tray of droplets of color and I have to read what I put on the back of boxes at different times over … Continue reading

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Rich Rose Droplet of Color

It seems that I only think of rose as a color when the gemstones tone level is higher, like it is in this standard round brilliant.  This fine droplet of color is more sultry than gaudy and doesn’t play with … Continue reading

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Included hot pink droplet of color

This standard round brilliant is a very nice medium toned hot pink.  The gemstone is slightly included which is common with  hot pinks that have a high tone level.  This bright flashy gemstone weighs .65 carats. Bruce

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Slightly included hot pink droplet of color.

This standard round brilliant is hot pink and a bit included.  This color in tourmaline tends to be included and rather brittle.  The gemstone has an excellent tone level for a small stone and is bright and ready to be … Continue reading

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Great green to blue droplet of color

This standard round brilliant has a great tone level for a small gemstone.  It goes from a fine green in yellowish light to a fine blue in natural light.  I would call it a color changer, but it is hard … Continue reading

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PInk with just a touch of violet droplet of color.

This standard round droplet of color is not eye clean, but the stone is still bright.  I actually bought this small one because it contains copper.  When I saw it finished I wonder if it was truly cuprian.  When I … Continue reading

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Dichroic, orange on the red side, droplet of color

This standard round brilliant has a dynamic movement of color.  It is dichroic and on the reddish side under yellowish light.  It appears to be eye clean and with good crystal.  It weighs .62 carats and is a welcome addition … Continue reading

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Light blue droplet of color

This standard round brilliant is crisp and has a refreshing light pastel blue color.  It appears to be eye clean and is welcome addition to the droplets of color.  It weighs .76 carats. Bruce  

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A darker drifting orange pink droplet of color

Sometimes the back of the boxes I keep the individual gemstones in, is wrong when it comes to color.  I will have to bring it up to management’s attention.  I will also check this stone’s color again tonight.  This droplet’s … 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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Nice medium dark pink droplet of color

This is one of the pinks that is pretty and the salt of the earth.  It is clean and bright and will go to the droplets of color get together.  I just hope that the smaller standard round brilliant pinks … 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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Great blue to green droplet

This droplet of color is a delightful shifter.  In morning light it is blue, while in yellowish light it is a mixture of green and blue that does not loose any of its tone value.  Both ends are  bright and … Continue reading

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Blue with white feather, round

Sometimes you have to face the fact that to get a stone you have to accept a feather.  Now I am not talking about rough that does not contain any areas that are clean, I am talking about a piece … 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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True Blue Droplet

No doubt about it, the droplets have a blue team that can not be beat.  This .58 carat gemstone has all the attributes of a star.   It is bright with crowd pleasing flash, but rich enough in blue to stay … 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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Nice medium dark blue green droplet

This standard round brilliant has a bit of acid in its green side, but is tempered by the dominant blue.  It has a nice medium dark tone level that is well suited for its small size and eye clean nature.  … 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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Color droplet of pure green, chrome tourmaline

This small standard round brilliant is a pretty average size and color for a good chrome tourmaline.  Its tone would be too dark for large pieces, but the green has great saturation.  It absolutely loves yellow light and would put … Continue reading

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Great, moderately toned, smaller, blue round droplet

This standard round brilliant has a nice color and is from Namibian.  It has a lighter tone level than most bigger Namibian blue gemstones. It weighs .41 carats and appears to be eye clea with good transparency.  It is a … Continue reading

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Darker Blue round that stays Blue, droplet

no 102 picture   Between blue and green are a lot of tourmaline that let it slide.  This darker standard round brilliant likes it just find being blue.  It has significant inclusions, but its darker tone makes the flash from … Continue reading

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Average clean dichroic green round. Droplet accepted.

The droplets try and take the average as well as the exceptional into their group.  This standard round brilliant was very pleased to accepted with its average dichroic green color.  It is clean, but has only average brightness for a … Continue reading

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Great waves for a sea foam droplet.

This is a great little sea foam droplet.  It has great crystal to go alone with a bright medium toned. blue green color.  There is nothing flawed about this beauty.  A perfect little GEM.  It weighs 1.12 carats and stands … Continue reading

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Nice Bright Patel Green Round with Incusions

This round standard brilliant has a variety of inclusion that hardly slow it down.  It leaps at the sun even with its pastel nature.  It could and should be in the droplets and so it is.  This medium toned green … Continue reading

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Medium toned blue droplet from Namibia.

My love of Namibian blue, especially when it is without any green like this one, keeps calling me back.  I also like this droplets medium tone and clean nature.  Do the droplets have enough space for all of the standard … 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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Delightful Green Droplet#211

  Sometimes it is just nice being green, even if the morning light make you a little blue.  This standard round brilliant has nothing bad to have reported on its beauty .  I have a soft spot for medium toned, … Continue reading

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A Dark Plot Leads to a Red Purple Round Again.#1100

  The sun is up and bright so this droplet of color can spread a brighter flash and announce its red purple color.  I don’t consider red purples with their dark tones, Rubellites and they consistently have a lack of … 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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Dark Sapphire like droplet#1092

This droplet needs to be moved to give up its flash driven rich blue color.  The color has good saturation without any green.  His is proud of the rich color, but is not move to preform at droplet functions unless … Continue reading

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Middle of the road pink, no orange droplet#1082

  The lighting is not the best as it is morning with a gray sky and only one yellowish squiggly florescent light shinning on my shoulder.   This droplet jumps into my hand and I see a middle of the road … 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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Namibian Blue Droplet of Color#1065

I can not get enough blue from Namibia.  Unfortunately larger pieces have either been unavailable or at least unaffordable for years.  Unfortunately even in the old days many of the larger pieces had tone levels that were darker than desirable … Continue reading

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Aqua in Jest, for it is really A … tourmaline droplet.#1057

  I think that tourmaline would steal much of aquamarine’s thunder if it was more available and less expensive in the lightly toned blues.  Of course aquamarine struggles to be blessed with a darker tone level, while blue (indicolite) tourmaline … 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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Red with a bit of Pink Droplet#1054

  Now I have confessed that when in doubt I put red on tourmaline when others like my younger daughter, would disagree.  It is pink dad! This standard round brilliant is a nice eye clean droplet that sits on the … Continue reading

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Uniform moderate golden yellow droplet.#1043

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

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Beige for another round of color#1040

  Now I didn’t look up the definition of beige when I name this standard round brilliant, it just came to me.  What I am seeing is the pinker side of wheat and I still like beige for that.  I … Continue reading

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Winning Wheat Droplet#1034

  This small round still has enough tone level to be wheat rather than just pale out on me.  It is so much rarer than pink, but certainly not as highly valued, accept for collectors like me.  The gemstone appears … Continue reading

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Yellow another find droplet#1032

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

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Orange today and orange tomorrow droplet#1031

  One of the colors in tourmaline I wanted to get when I started cutting gems again after a long hiatus was orange.  Since Brazil and other classic locations produced very little if any orange (without help from man) some … Continue reading

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pink/orange slider for the droplets of color#1022

  Nice bright clean droplet that slides with the light from pink to orange.  It size and being a standard round brilliant insures that this pitch hitter will make the droplet team.  It weights 1.03 carats.   Bruce

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Definitly dichroic green droplet of color.#1019

  This bright medium grass green droplet has darker weeds mixed in it  that makes for a lawn with nice dynamic color.  It seems to be eye clean and weighs .94 carats.  It is a very nice addition to the … Continue reading

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A yellow green IceT droplet#1012

  A delicate wisp of yellow green and a Hi O Silver will get this bright clean very pastel droplet pledge on the trail to being a star in the western sky.   This standard round brilliant needs you to be … Continue reading

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Red winner for the Droplets#1013

I have cross the line of doubt and I declare that this addition to the droplets is red.  It is bright crisp and ready to play.  This standard round brilliant comes in at a bit on the heavy side at … Continue reading

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PInk Orange droplet of Color#1009

  I was ready to say that this droplet of color is a pure pink with a bit higher level of tone than usual, but then I read the back of the box.  It says that there is a bit … Continue reading

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Red/Blue makes Mauve droplet of color#1004

  This is a peculiar droplet of color from Nigeria.  I have red/blue on the back of the box and I know that they were the colors in the rough.  I must have seen them when I wrote the sticker, … Continue reading

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Golden cream with pink high lights, round.#1000

  I hope that I have this color in the droplets because it deserves to be there.  Creams are much less common than pinks and I go after them. This pastel is complex for a pale face, some of which … Continue reading

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Orange with yellow and pink highlights, droplet.#989

  Orange is a complicated color in tourmaline and most of the orange in the tourmaline world has come from Africa.  Some golden oranges that desaturate to browns, easily are not very attractive.  They are called dravites and not particularly … Continue reading

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Hot Hot Pink Droplet#975

  I know that I have presented pink as a pretty common color for tourmaline and it is, but there are exceptional pinks.  This droplet had a chance of being in a piece of custom jewelery until the well went … Continue reading

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Surprising mint green droplet#974

  This droplet tried to make the big time in a piece of custom jewelery, but I ran out of money.  When it came home I tested it with my new spectrometer and I finally understood why I really liked … Continue reading

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Pure Yellow Droplet of Color#973

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

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Golden Yellow Droplet

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

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Pale Pastel Orange Round

  This standard round brilliant is a good size at 5.05 carats.  It has an eye clean body and probably came from Nigeria.  I love Nigerian pastel tourmaline, especially pink, because the material is about the easiest one to polish … Continue reading

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Small Dravite droplet of color#940

  This little dravite is darkly toned and could be called a mahogany by some, like me.  It deserves a place in the droplet of color world at 1.30 carats.   It definitely likes a good light to be enjoyed.   … Continue reading

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nice bright green droplet of color#939

  I love to find a bit of green that had a nice open green color in the c axis direction because it gives you more latitude to make a beautiful stone.  This bit of green was too small and … Continue reading

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Little Round Beauties#935

  The blue gemstone pictured above is an example of sort of a subset of “color droplets” (which consist of standard round brilliants in as many colors etc. that I can get).   I have quite a few of them and … Continue reading

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Pink droplet of color#927

  I sometimes wonder where I got all the small pink rough, but here is a ..44 carat droplet that is pretty sharp.  Cutting this keeps me busy and gives me a break from the big boys.   Bruce

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Nice middle of the road droplet of pink color#922

Medium hue, medium tone level and a medium saturation, leads to a standard round brilliant that is right down the middle of the road.  Still it would make a great little ring stone at 1.35 carats and sparkle under any … Continue reading

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Small green droplet of color, big color#919

Now green is a common color in tourmaline, but I am a lover of bright, well saturate color in any hue (color) so I like this small .26 droplet of color.  It comes to life in any light. Bruce  

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Average green droplet of color#916

  Every collection has its peaks and valleys and in the quest for color my collection is no different.  Still I take pride in thinking that even an average small standard round brilliant like  this .40 carat green pastel got … Continue reading

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Red droplet of Color#913

  This darker red standard round brilliant appreciates a good light since its tone level is pretty high, like many reds.  I place it in with the droplets of color,  the large group of round tourmaline that is the best … Continue reading

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Austere green green droplet of color#907

  This 1,26 carat bright standard brilliant round has just been declared a droplet of color.  It is an honor for a rather aloof and austere color in rich pastel blue green.  The color appears consistent, but doesn’t really invite … Continue reading

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A Quick Rainbow with Droplets of Color

I was sitting at the computer and thinking about how to show off tourmaline in a simple post.  I decided to grab a rainbow of droplets of color.  I call small rounds that have no real claim to fame except … Continue reading

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