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Strange and unique, possibly chrome green emerald cut.

Well here is another gemstone hot off the dop stick.  The rough had a natural table that was obvious and the tables outline looked rather like a “D”.  It had a moderately strong degree of dichroism with a very nice … Continue reading

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100 % Niagara White Grape Juice In An Emerald Cut Tourmaline?

I am writing this on February 2, 2014 and the availability of rough tourmaline  has never looked worse in my opinion.   Between wars and competition from commercial processors of rough for mainly Eastern buyers, the amateur cutter, like myself,  encounters … Continue reading

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Cutting Mr. Ugly, a challenge in concentration.

I was out of worthwhile tourmaline to cut this last summer and a friend of mine stepped in and sent me some rough.  On top of what was on the storage bags (weight, dimension etc.) my friend wrote his opinions … Continue reading

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An exceptional, red purple emerald cut with punch.#949

I have not been particularly enamored with many of the purple reds that I have seen.  The purple cast seems to produce an overly dark tone level that limits flash.  Well this emerald cut stands above all that.  It is … Continue reading

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Great blue pink bicolor from Afghanistan.#947

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

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The Laurellite “discovery” gemstone. Cuprian tourmaline from Mozambique#944

This GEM, exceptional gemstone, started my path in helping discover copper bearing tourmaline from Mozambique.  I gave her, Laurellite, as a name that is based on my older daughter’s name, because this exceptional, new variety of Elbaite, deserves a pretty … Continue reading

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A yellow green bi color that appears to be eye clean, emerald cut.#450

I love this stone.  It is a wonderfully subtle, but effective mixture of about 2/3 medium toned green and 1/3 quite pale yellow.  It is as bright as an emerald cut can be with superior crystal and the complete lack … 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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Green IceT all around for this highly transparent emerald cut.#448

This pale green emerald cut is not dichroic and without any problems with its cleanliness or crystal.  I would honestly think this was a beryl or maybe even a greened quartz before I would guess a tourmaline.  With successful polishing … Continue reading

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

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

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An eye opening golden green emerald cut.#445

I knew there was something “funny” with this emerald cut as soon as I focused on it.  It has golden green on the storage box, but color was not that big a deal with this mostly green emerald cut.  I … Continue reading

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

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

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closed ended with poorer crystal, flash driven blue emerald cut.#443

The emerald cut is an Indicolite, because its blue flash does not drift toward green.  It has decent flash that seems to be inhibited by poorer quality crystal.  Having closed and steeply cut ends doesn’t really effect the stone.  It … Continue reading

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Well saturated yellow green, medium plus tone level emerald cut. Namibia#442

I like this gemstone.  It has too rich a tone level, at medium plus to really stand out in the tray without help, but it has such a classic yellow green tourmaline color when I help it, that it makes … 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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Golden green, olive medium plus tone level emerald cut.#437

This closed ended emerald cut has a nice medium plus tone level.  Its color is golden green on the storage box, but I would probably call it an olive green.  It appears to be eye clean and have fine crystal.  … Continue reading

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Smaller emerald cut with dichroic green and yellow green color.#434

This emerald cut has normal angles and an open yellowish green c axis.  The a/b axis is a medium green and the overall tone level is moderate.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It came from … Continue reading

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Semi open ends with a flatter crown, green emerald cut.#433

This stone appears to be open on the ends and I cut it with the normal angles.  Still the c axis ends lack the expected transparency.  The flatter crown gives the stone a wide open look.  It appears to be … 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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Open ended bright, medium toned, green emerald cut, Mozambique#431

Looking at this bright medium toned emerald cut reminds me of my problem with propagating flaws in the green Mozambique material I got about ten years ago.  This gemstone has a quite visible, residual, radial flaw flashing at me.  I … Continue reading

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Straight lace blue with open ends, emerald cut.#530

Many of the blues that I have and love have either a rich sapphire blue look or sing of the tropical waters.  This straight laced blue follows a more stalwart path to success.  It does not play with green much … Continue reading

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Bare dichroic, medium toned, slightly bronze, green emerald cut.#429

This emerald cut is oriented with the c axis and its bronze color across the stone rather than in the ends,like the vast majority of emerald cuts.  Since the stone is barely dichroic in tone values, the bronze color and … 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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Open ended flashy emerald cut with a bit of olive in the color.#427

This is a nice smaller emerald cut with normal ends and a good amount of flash.  The c axis is sort of a olive bronze that gives the stone a below average color.  It does appear to be eye clean … Continue reading

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Beautiful completely open dichroic green emerald cut. Afghanistan#426

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

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Semi closed ended, spicy green emerald cut#425

This spicy emerald cut with semi closed ends is pretty flashy for an emerald cut.  It appears to be eye clean and have fine crystal.  It has a medium tone level and weighs 1.24 carats. Bruce

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Slightly included average green emerald cut with closed ends.#424

This smaller emerald cut is slightly included, but has fine crystal and is unaffected by the inclusion.  It has closed ends and with steep angles.  It has an average, medium dark tone level,  green color and weighs 1.20 carats. Bruce

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Average green, closed ended, emerald cut.#423

This gemstone is a middle of the road green emerald cut with closed ends.  It appears to be eye clean and has nice crystal, but the color is not exceptional.  It weighs 2.89 carats and has a medium dark tone … Continue reading

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Great green, closed ended, medium dark, emerald cut.#421

This stocky emerald cut looks rather like an octagon with the corners cut off so much, because of the steep angles on the ends of the stone.  But it seems to produce a great showing of this gems superior flash … Continue reading

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Usambara effect, chrome chromophore, green emerald cut.#420

I will be posting more on the usambara effect in tourmaline, but I will focus more on this specific gemstone in this post. It is always a pleasure to discover something new about tourmaline and then to discover something unexpected … Continue reading

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Sharp crystal like clarity, green, closed ended emerald cut.#418

I stopped a moment to try and come with a better description of what this stone looks like (including other eye clean and well saturated greens.).  Just saying that it is probably eye clean or with fine crystal doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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Very bright bronze and green, dichroic, emerald cut.#402

The posted stone, emerald cut, 1.13 carats. Older cut stone, round, .83 carats  Same material. I like a stone like this very bright emerald cut.  It has a very good green c axis color and a more muted bronze a/b … Continue reading

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Closed ends with normal angles, green emerald cut.#415

This small emerald cut has normal angle even though it has closed ends.  It does show darker areas at each end of the emerald cut and the flash is different.  It still has a nice green flash and can be … Continue reading

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Closed ended with classic yellowish green color, emerald cut.#414

This emerald cut is an excellent representative for its class of tourmaline.  It has the following properties. 1,  Strongly dichroic, with a closed c axis. 2, Well saturated slightly yellowish green a/b axis. 3, Cut with steep ends to minimize … Continue reading

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Medium light tone, blue green color with significant flaw, emerald cut#412

This bright open blue green emerald cut has sparkle in the ends.  It has a more shift in its color than the more common yellow greens which is pleasing.  Unfortunately this gemstone appears to have failed and there is a … 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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Well saturate, eye clean, closed ended green emerald cut#406

This emerald cut is the best you can cut from the world of small highly dichroic green tourmaline crystal that nature has produced.  It has the typical well saturated yellow green in a medium tone level, which is good for … 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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Small emerald cut saturate green color and open ends.#409

This is about as small as I have ever cut an emerald cut.  It weighs .33 carats and is a dandy little open ended and well saturated green gem.  It also appears to be eye clean. Bruce

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Fine, medium toned, green emerald cut that is not visibly dichroic.#408

This is a beautiful, well saturated green emerald cut that is not visibly dichroic.  It appears to be eye clean and with excellent crystal.  Its completely open ends with the same color and tone values as the sides of the … Continue reading

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Dichroic medium light yellow green emerald cut.#407

The ends of this emerald cut are a deeper yellow green, while the body of the gemstone is a medium toned green.  It is a nice open gemstone that is only moderately dichroic.  It weighs .60 carats. Bruce

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Steeply cut ends on a well saturated green emerald cut.#406

The emerald cut has normal ends because it has open ends.  Its well saturated green color is is bright and flashy.  It appears to be eye clean and with great transparency.  It weighs 1.20 carats. Bruce

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Steep ends on a semi closed, well saturated, medium toned green emerald cut#405 cut.

This emerald cut has steeply cut  ends because it has semi closed ends.  Its well saturated medium tone a/b axis color is very nice.  It weighs .72 carats. Bruce

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Well saturated, eye clean, green emerald cut.#404

This green emerald cut has a well saturated color.  It appears to be eye clean and has almost open ends which helps make it flashy.  It weighs .64 carats. Bruce

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Included green emerald cut with closed ends.#403

This face up visibly included green emerald has a nice clean color. It has a medium dark tone level with closed ends.  It weighs 1.18 carats. Bruce

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Snappy green classic green emerald cut with semi closed ends#402

This small emerald cut is quite flashy considering that its ends are semi closed.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  The medium toned, snappy green a/b axis is what really makes this gemstone.  It weighs 1.13 … Continue reading

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

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

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Long ratio, narrow, blue emerald cut.#1197

This long ratio and slender emerald cut has closed ends.  Still the long ratio minimizes the darkness and the stone has a medium toned blue flash.  It appears to be eye clean and weighs .64 carats. Bruce

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Spicy yellowish green medium plus tone level, emerald cut

The long ratio of this narrow emerald cut minimizes the closed ends and put forward a nice medium plus tone level of spicy green.  It appears to be eye clean and weighs.1.32 carats. Bruce

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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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Fully open, slightly dichroic, spring green emerald cut.#1169

Over the years of cutting green tourmaline with every degree of darkness down the c axis,  I have really come to appreciate an emerald cut like this one.  It is slightly dichroic, but the c axis is wide open and … Continue reading

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Closed ends does not make a dull green tourmaline, emerald cut#1159

This emerald cut is alive with nice flashes of classic yellow green color.  It does have completely closed ends, and is cut with steep ends, but it never was too dark or dull.  It appears to be eye clean and … 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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Small, closed ended, blue to blue green emerald cut.#1153

This is a pretty emerald cut that has a very nice medium dark toned blue to blue green color.  It has closed ends and steep angles on the ends.  It weighs .72 carats.  It appears to be eye clean. Bruce

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A black that is dark green emerald cut.#1152

This is a stone from the old days that I decided to store with the collection.  Then thinking about it, if I want as broad a sample of color/intensity/tone as I can get, I should include it as a permanent … Continue reading

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Long ratio, semi closed ends, spicy green emerald cut.#1145

I went to college in Colorado in the late sixties from New Jersey.  Besides being introduced to many delicacies of western fare, I ran into Mexican food for the first time.  When I asked my “friends” which salsa I should … Continue reading

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Open ended and medium toned, green emerald cut.#1143

This emerald cut appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It has open ends and a fine medium tone level.  It green color is interesting as it is a bit different than most green tourmaline.  Just another example … Continue reading

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Heavily included pale green emerald cut. Brazil#1142

When I  first got back into faceting after a long hiatus, I bought mostly small sized, inexpensive, cutting rough, much of which was junk.  The lot that the posted gemstone came from was Brazilian and had tourmaline with three distinctly … Continue reading

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Slightly included pastel golden orange emerald cut.#1140

This tourmaline looks a lot like a topaz I cut years ago.  The emerald cut has a nice medium light tone level with darker, but not closed ends.  It flash very nicely and is only slightly included.  And the color … Continue reading

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Blue toward green color shifter, closed ended, emerald cut.#1139

This longer ratio emerald cut is blue in day light, but makes a strong sift toward green in my yellowish light.  It appears to be eye clean and has good crystal.  It dark tone level and closed ends makes the … Continue reading

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Add two thirds pink and one third gray together and you get a nice bicolor.#1129

This emerald cut is pure tourmaline in its bicolor nature.  About two thirds of the length of the long ratio emerald cut is a nicely saturated, medium toned pink and the rest is a balancing patch of gray.  It makes … Continue reading

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Included hot pink emerald cut.#1123

  When I was in college I played a lot of duplicate bridge after the first year or so of study.  I had to lean a lot of rules and got better at the game.  But after some time I … Continue reading

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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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Lavender without copper, grayed and slightly included, emerald cut.#1117

I love purples derived from copper and manganese in tourmaline, but I never wanted them to be my whole purple world.  Therefor I have set sail many times on the quest for any purple with a challenge, are you out … Continue reading

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Peach with a pink shadow, dichroic emerald cut.#1116

This is a classic tourmaline gem.  An emerald cut with richer ends and a blend of two colors peach and pink.  I confess that I would cut emerald cuts even if the rough wasn’t ideally suited for them, at times, … Continue reading

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peach pink medium lightly toned emerald cut.#1107

You can see that this gemstone is a slight dichroic peach pink.  The ends of the emerald cut are slightly darker than the sides, but the gemstone is very open.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  … Continue reading

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There is no cure for the Namibian blues, beautiful, small, emerald cut.#1103

Do I like to cut, large length to width ratio emerald cuts?  Not really.  Do I like to cut skinny emerald cuts?  Not really.  But when it comes to desiring top quality blues from Namibia I gladly go the extra … Continue reading

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One of the most brittle tourmalines I have ever cut. emerald cut.

I think that the amount of tourmaline that is available to the custom cutter out of Africa is as bad as it has ever been.  I don’t think that there is much being discovered and the material that is being … Continue reading

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A medium light tone, dichroic, golden brown emerald cut.#100

This smaller emerald cut has an exceptionally nice medium light toned golden brown color.  A color that is not common in tourmaline that has lighter tones.  It is dichroic and the c axis, which is in the ends of the … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Unique faceted watermelon pink center, green rind, emerald cut. #69

Everyone seems to love watermelon tourmaline,(a crystal with a pink core that runs down the long axis of Elbaite tourmaline that is coated with a green rind.), but it is rare that this distribution of color is useful to the … Continue reading

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Aghan tricolor, uniquely tourmaline, emerald cut. #60

This is a beautiful gemstone.  Not only are the colors, particularly the blue green, are beautiful, but the pale almost colorless and pink end work well together.  Still the blue green  dominates the gemstone.  That is particularly obvious in the … Continue reading

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Pastel green pink bicolor from Brazilian “salad”. #59

I read somewhere that Brazil, the homeland of tourmaline for many years was not producing much quality material anymore.  But it was producing what they cal “salad” which are native cut gemstones in mostly included tourmaline.  Sometimes it is just … 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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Classic bright saturated green with dark ends emerald cut.#399

This is a quintessential example of a classic green tourmaline taken to perfection.  Its central color is a bright grass green, but it is so dichroic that the ends are completely dense.  To generate flash in the ends and minimize … Continue reading

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A blue sliding into greener blue hue in a great emerald cut. Namibia#398

This medium toned blue emerald cut takes on a quite distinct greenish cast in yellowish light, but still stays on the bluer side of green.  It is completely with dichroism and its low ratio between its length and its width … Continue reading

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Mom’s Stone, A GEM of blue force from Namibia, emerald cut.#397

I have been looking forward to sharing this GEM, exceptional gemstone, with you.  It came as a lot of one, separate from all the well saturated medium dark toned material I had been getting from Namibia.  Its bright blue hue … Continue reading

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Slight bicolor with a few marks blue to green emerald cut.#396

This medium light toned emerald cut slides around between green and bluer green depending on the light.  It has excellent transparency except for a few marks scattered in the stone.  The most important is on a corner of the table … 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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Darker blue green emerald cut with some flaws.#394

This nice emerald cut has a variety of small flaws that are not easily seen in it s medium dark toned body.  I don’t think that this stone is unstable, but it is not of the highest quality from Namibia.  … Continue reading

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Included saturated blue green emerald cut.#393

This was the largest piece I cut from the lot I got from my regular African dealer, before the blues from Namibia became much harder and more expensive to get.  It suffers from the moving flaw problem I saw in … Continue reading

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Excellent completely open dichroic green emerald cut.#392

This dichroic emerald cut has a great well saturated green c axis on the ends and lighter blue sides.  The overall impression of the stone is of a bright flashy medium toned green with a touch of blue.  The stone … 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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Darkly toned blue with touch of gray emerald cut.#387

This darkly toned blue emerald cut has steep ends as a result of having closed ends.  The blue is toned down with a little gray and it takes a bit of close inspection to appreciate this gemstone.  Under closed inspection … Continue reading

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A Namibian revelation, completely open blue green emerald cut.#385

The posted revelation.  It weighs 2.75 carats. Mom’s stone, it weighs 5.27 carats. In a separate, private transaction, I receive a lot that contained one piece of rough.  I came to call my “Mother’s Stone” because I used part of … 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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Very long ratio, dark, blue emerald cut with inclusions.#383

This is a blast from the past.  It is one of the few tourmalines in the collection that I cut as a teenager.  It has a dark tone level and closed ends that were cut with normal angles.  The flash … Continue reading

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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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Crown jewel, a Blue Emerald Cut, in Lot from Namibia#381

This is a beautiful gemstone.  It came in a lot of over a dozen pieces of rough that I bought privately from my principle African deal.  At the time it seemed to be a continuance of steady production from Namibia, … 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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Completely open, medium light tone, green emerald cut.#379

The emerald cut has a wonderful tone level and a green that strikes me as watery, without any blue in it.  It dichroic colors appear to be the same color except that c axis is darker.  The stones ends flash … Continue reading

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Dark ends, dark tone, but great saturated blue emerald cut.#278

This personal stone has limited flash in bars across the stone beclause the ends are very closed.  But the flash is a great blue that is rare in tourmaline.   It has one faint narrow fracture that is not deep and … 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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Closed and steeply cut ends on a slightly greenish blue enerald cut.#375

Steeply cut ends help mitigate the closed ends on this blue with a touch of green emerald cut.  The medium toned blue does not seem as saturated as the best material from Namibia.  It appears to be eye clean and … Continue reading

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Medium dark tone, hexagonal emerald cut shaped, green.#374

This is the only example of this different back on an emerald cut shape, in the collection.  It worked and gave a different radiating flash than an emerald cut’s flash, but I still prefer the old fashion emerald cut.  It … 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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Bright, medium tone,saturated, grass green emerald cut.#372

This emerald cut is a beauty.  It has well saturated, green flash, sides and ends that flash with a slightly darker green.  It appears to be eye clean and with find crystal.  It weighs1.09 carats. Bruce

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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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A grayish blue rather watery looking, emerald cut.#364

This medium toned emerald cut has a bit different blue that is desaturated into a grayed blue under my lighting.   This gives the stone a feeling of being diluted when it is compared with the saturated Namibian gems.  It … 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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A silent moment for an exception blue emerald cut from Namibia#361

Sometime before the availability of Namibian blue tourmaline decreased greatly for me, I bought a lot from my principle dealer out of Africa.  The lot had over a dozen pieces of rough in it and I am sure some of … Continue reading

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Fine, eye clean, blue green emerald cut.#360

It is nice to have to look at some of these smaller  gemstones for the first time in a while.  This smaller emerald cut has open ends and such a great medium toned, flash driven blue green color, that it … Continue reading

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On the edge of tiny, medium light pastel emerald cut.#359

This has to be one of the smallest emerald cuts I have made.  Its medium light blue color is a fine pastel and its open ends give life to the stone.  It weighs .37 carats and will probably will not … Continue reading

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Fine, rich grass green, with darker ends, but not closed, emerald cut.#358

This emerald is a medium plus toned, flash driven gemstone.  It ends are darker, but still open enough to give life to a really fine grass green color.  It weighs 1.05 carats. Bruce

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Fine, open, blue emerald cut.#357

This small emerald cut is a beauty.  It is a legitimate blue that just picks up a little green in the yellowish light.  The emerald cut is open ended, bright and flashy.  This medium toned joy weighs .65 carats. Bruce

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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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Dark blue with touch of gray, included, emerald cut.#354

This emerald cut has closed ends, but normal angles on the ends.  It is pretty dark and has some face up visible flashy flaws.  Still it is mainly a grayed blue with just a wash of green.  It weighs .91 … Continue reading

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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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Medium blue with steep ends, emerald cut#351

Steep ends minimizes the darkness from the closed c axis of this medium blue gemstone.  The stone appears to be eye clean and of fine crystal.  It weighs 1.23 carats and stays blue even in the yellowish light. Bruce

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

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

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Tower of Green Power Emerald Cut with Dark Ends.#761

To cut a nice gemstone from tourmaline that has closed ends (very little if any light is transmitted down the principle, c, axis.)  restricts your options as a cutter.  The choice of the emerald cut is essential for minimizing the … Continue reading

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A bicolor of rust and cream emerald cut#547

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

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Impressive Amber Colored Emerald Cut#541

Some efforts will always stick in the memory and this large emerald cut is one of them.  I had been unsuccessful in getting anything truly orange in any size, when the piece that became this gemstone came to my door.  … 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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Just rolling in peaches, emerald cut.#537

This emerald cut has a nice medium tone level without dichroism.  It is completely eye clean and with excellent crystal.  It is a peach pastel like a peach pastel should be.  It weighs 4.10 carats. Bruce

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Very pale peach emerald easy choice for IceT development#536

This is one of those tourmaline that you would think is anything, but a tourmaline.  Its tone level is very low and the stones crystal is flawless.  It is not dichroic and actually looks like some inexpensive topaz I had … Continue reading

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Stately blue emerald cut with authority.#535

The emerald cut is a combination of an absolutely transparent body without any hint of dichroism and wonderful crystal. It is quite impressive without even mentioning a color.  Now its eye clean stature and stable blue color (it slips a … Continue reading

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A great brown with a different twist, emerald cut.#531

If you look closely at many tourmaline browns, what do you see.  An orange that is just not saturated (purity of color) enough to present its orange face cleanly and brightly to the world.  But the posted gemstone, which is … Continue reading

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Dichroic pink with growth tubes emerald cut.#527

Imperfections in a gemstone do not always make it less beautiful or interesting.  Cats eye in tourmaline that are produce by dense formations of growth tubes is a prime example of that beauty and interest in tourmaline. The posted highly … Continue reading

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Cyan blue and cuprian rich emerald cut.#525

This smaller emerald cut is a GEM (outstanding gemstone) and was one of the first gemstone from Mozambique that I got, that proved to have copper in it.  It has such a bright neon look that I  knew it was … Continue reading

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Slightly graded color in a slightly included, dichroic, peach emerald cut.#517

The title of this post says a lot.  With all of it, the bottom line is, it is a pity that I don’t have more peaches like this one.  The darker c axis ends are redder than the middle.  The … Continue reading

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An extremely faint trace of green in the IceT emerald cut.#516

This emerald cut goes back awhile, to a time when I thought that the straight sharp fagot of tubes in the pavilion of this emerald cut were rutile crystals not growth tubes.  (Now I have never heard of rutile in … Continue reading

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Slightly dichroic peach emerald cut#507

This cute smaller emerald cut looks a lot like a topaz I cut years ago.  It has darker peach ends and a moderately lightly toned center of pastel peach.  It is eye clean with excellent crystal for a peachy deal.  … Continue reading

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Something different a maroon emerald cut.#501

With all the rough I have bought to enlarge the spread of color you would have thought I would have more maroon.  Now maroon has a part of me since it was part of my high school colors.  Maroon and … Continue reading

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Closed ended blue green emerald cut.#749

This emerald cut has normal angles on its ends despite being closed ended.  I prefer the flash better on normally cut emerald cuts even though the darkness edges in a little.  It appears to be eye clean and has a … Continue reading

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Smaller Beautiful Blue Emerald Cut#721

This blue without green emerald cut deserved to be called an Indicolite.  I have been reading about reports that the old trade varietal names like Indicolite are going out of favor.  In the future just plain Jane names like red, … Continue reading

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Decent lavender without copper emerald cut.#715

This emerald cut will not win any prizes for cleanliness or excessive brightness since its crystal is below average, but its color assure it a place in the collection.  This is one of my better non-cuprian purples and it is … Continue reading

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An emerald cut with a greened bronze color.#713

Now a collection of tourmalines that wants to be inclusive can not only go for the eye candy in the world.  Besides I wouldn’t have a lot to cut if every stone had to have great commercial potential.  This dichroic … Continue reading

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A large fantastic graded pink emerald cut.#712

Some gemstones are so easy to write about.  I can not say enough about this absolutely beautiful pastel pink emerald cut.  Its tone level grades from a pale pink to a very nice medium pastel pink with a saturation (purity … Continue reading

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Strongly dichroic pink with pinch of purple or orange, emerald cut#711

I have seen this combination of a richly colored c axis with some shade of pink and a pale a/b axis with an off color pink.  Looking hard I think that the a/b pink has got a little brown in … Continue reading

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Darker bicolor emerald cut of pink and brown.

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

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

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

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A yellow glazed in orange for a tasty emerald cut.

A full set of steps present this medium toned beauty.  The amount of orange varies with the light, but every view of the stone in different white lights is still beautiful.  It is eye clean and has great crystal.  I … Continue reading

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A mahogany GEM flashes in the collection, emerald cut.

The composite color brown (a color not found in the rainbow that comes from mixing colors) does not get very much respect in the color stone world.  I realize that might be changing with the development of a market for … Continue reading

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Included bright medium toned apple green emerald cut, copper bearing

I did not buy the rough for this included emerald cut as copper bearing.  I liked its medium toned blue green to apple green color despite its included grade.  I usually try not to cut emerald cuts with inclusions under … Continue reading

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A Orange Pink has finally hit the bell, Its a GEM emerald cut.

This larger emerald cut is a gem, (top quality gemstone).  It has a complete set of facet steps, four on the pavilion and three on the crown.  It has a color that has more or less orange in the pink … Continue reading

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A medium toned pink with a squeeze of orange, emerald cut

This is another fine emerald cut with a full compliment of steps.  It has a fine, medium toned, pink color which is on the orange side, to be shown  by the increased number of facets..  It has an even color … Continue reading

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Burnt orange in a great rich tone level, emerald cut

This gemstone has the full complement of facet steps, four on the pavilion and three on the crown, that I cut on emerald cuts.  This makes a deeper more scintillating gemstone that can draw you into its rich colorful world, … Continue reading

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A complex peach with a side order of pink, emerald cut.

  Gemstones with a zestful mixture of pink and peach are relatively rare and quite desirable in such gems as corundum (sapphire) and topaz (precious topaz).  Well I think that this posted gemstone has all it has to have, to … Continue reading

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Dichroic greenish yellow eye candy, emerald cut

One of the features I love about color in tourmaline is how different a color such as yellow green can look/feel in different gemstones.  I think there are at least three different sets of conditions that can produce a yellow … Continue reading

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We will call it Pink, but is a lot more, dichroic emerald cut.

Being dichroic has its ups and downs with tourmaline.  Dark ends can be an effort and pinks can loose their heat with a browned a/b axis color etc.  But then you can hit a home run and actually get around … Continue reading

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Snappy meium toned yellow with slight touch of orange emerald cut

This is how a yellow should look, like eye candy.  And this emerald cut is just that, but it can not claim the yellow honors completely, because it has a touch of the orange roaming around.  The orange comes into … Continue reading

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Dichroic medium toned brown, modified emerald cut.

In an attempt to use a cut that better blends the stones two dichroic colors, together I used a modified emerald cut.  The cut does not demand as much depth to the gemstone as a Barion cushion and it is … Continue reading

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An amazing GEM green emerald cut.

To be a GEM (highest quality gemstone) in the world of green tourmaline is saying a lot.  The competition from chrome tourmaline and cuprian tourmaline is intense.  Now I am not saying that this gem can match the level of … Continue reading

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What can I say about gray, dark emerald cut.

I really don’t know how much dark gray tourmaline is out there to be faceted, but this is the only example that I have.  It is not just a dud to be kept as an example of the range of … Continue reading

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Slightly included pastel peach emerald cut

This pastel peach emerald cut has a full set of facets with four steps on the pavilion and three steps on the crown.  This helps enhance the amount of scintillation an emerald cut can produce and potentially makes the gemstone … Continue reading

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Golden Reddish Brown Colored Emerald Cut.

This smaller emerald cut has a rich tone level that shows off its golden reddish brown color very well.  The stone is dichroic, but the light a/b axis is at the ends rather than the normal arrangement of the c … Continue reading

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Smaller amber to brown emerald cut.

This dravite, is a great amber to brown color and is not dichroic.  This means that the color is uniform and the end bright and flashy.  It appears to be eye clean with fine crystal.  It came from East Africa … Continue reading

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Pale citrus yellow without green emerald cut from Brazil

When I started cutting gemstones again after a long hiatus, I bought only small material.  The first dealers I worked with on the internet were really junk deals.  The posted citrus yellow emerald cut was an attempt to get something … Continue reading

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Included saturated yellow with a glaze of honey emerald cut.

I try not to cut emerald cuts from included material because the cut makes any inclusions that lye under the table very obvious.  But when you have a rare color like yellow and the rough is shaped to cut an … Continue reading

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Smaller dichroic reddish brown emerald cut.

This dichroic emerald cut has rich reddish brown ends and moderate, browner sides.  The sum of the colors produces what I like to call mahogany.  The stone has a darker tone, but the mahogany is interesting in stronger light or … Continue reading

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Smaller, on the pink side of peach, emerald cut.

This emerald cut has a fun and fruity color.  It is not noticeable dichroic, but I can see both pink and orange in the medium toned stone.  The ends are bright and flashy and I always fall for stones that … Continue reading

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Included, Bright, Crisp, Pastel Yellow touch of Brown, emerald cut.

If cream was transparent, then it would better fit the color of this emerald cut.  So imagine a pastel yellow that is uniform threw out the gemstone and has a transparent creamy touch to it.  I don’t think the touch … Continue reading

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A orangish brown dravite from East Africa, emerald cut

Brown is not the most desirable color in gemstones, but some stones are so bright and feisty that even brown can not hold them back.  This emerald cut is a representative of a group of dravites coming out of East … Continue reading

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Included bright sparkling golden peach, emerald cut

The bright refreshing pastel color of this smaller emerald cut, kind of flashes away the eye visible inclusions.  Its color definitely dances between a more peach or golden look.  The gemstone is not dichroic and its complete open and transparent … Continue reading

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Green c axis and golden brown a/b axis emerald cut

This smaller emerald cut tourmaline has a distribution of color that I think is unique to tourmaline.  Its c axis is very nice mid toned yellowish green and the a/b axis is a golden brown.  In this emerald cut the … Continue reading

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Big and Bright and Brassy, Yellow Green Emerald Cut.

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

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Fine, large, stable, green emerald cut

This larger emerald cut has such a great stable green that the dark ends take very little away from the gemstone.  The color is a classic tourmaline green, rich, saturated and with just a touch of yellow.  The beauty of … Continue reading

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graded green to colorless emerald cut.

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

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A heavily included blue emerald cut.

This emerald cut has a dull blue color that has a dark tone.  it is heavily include with flaws that look like part of the crystal did not grow together very well.  That and dark ends makes for a less … Continue reading

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

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

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A great and solid green emerald cut with dark ends.

Now no one wants dark ends, but if that is the fate of your tourmaline, than at least get one that has great color.  Well this longer ratio emerald cut tourmaline has one great solid green color.  Its medium toned … Continue reading

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A sophisticated cream/pink bicolor emerald cut

This eye clean bicolor is a beautiful smaller emerald cut.  The hot, medium toned pink is a little over one half of the length of the stone, while a cream color fills up the rest.  There does not appear to … Continue reading

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Classic, longer ratio closed ended, yellow green emerald cut.

This longer ratio emerald cut appears to be eye clean and with good crystal.  The emerald cut’s ratio helps to reduce the impact of the close ends.  The ends are faceted with normal angles.  Its green color is the classic, … Continue reading

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Classic, stable green, emerald cut with dark ends and a radial fracture.

Many tourmaline crystal have radial fractures (perpendicular to the c axis) that limit the yield from a crystal.  Even if they are not noticeable in the finished gemstone because of the of its rich tone value, they should be removed, … Continue reading

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Bright and light without a hint of darkness, emerald cut.

This emerald cut is an example of why it is difficult to make broad generalized statements about tourmaline.  Many tourmalines do not show strong or even noticeably pleochroic/dichroic effects.  There are many tourmalines in my collection that can not be … Continue reading

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Longer ratio blue to green emerald cut.

The longer ratio in this emerald cut reduces the visual impact of the darker ends that are cut with standard angles.  It is a bit included toward the keel, but the gemstones richer tones obscure them.  Its color floats between … 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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Only pure bright blue emerald cut from Namibia.

This is an Indicolite, a trade name for blue tourmaline, that you should appreciate.  It is a stable bright blue that sparkles all over the small emerald cut.  I know it is from Namibia, just by looking at it.  It … Continue reading

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Dark ends on a dark grass green colored emerald cut

This is a classic darker grass green emerald cut.  It has dark ends, but normal angles.  It longer ratio helps to keep the emerald cut from being too dark.  It appears to be eye clean and with good crystal.  It … 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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This blue to green, lighter and brighter, emerald cut is very nice.

This emerald cut has a different feel to it than many of the smaller ones I have been cutting in the blue/green range of colors.  Its ends are darker, but I don’t think that they are closed.  The color goes … 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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Lightly included saturated yellow emerald cut

This lightly included yellow emerald cut was made from the last preform that I got out of two larger pebbles, I purchased years ago on the internet.  The material has the best yellow without a hint of green or brown, … 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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Makes you wonder if it is a tourmaline emerald cut.

The only problem with pretending that this is not a tourmaline is the color.  I don’t know too many other gemstones that have this stone’s bright yellow green hue. (Maybe beryl)  Still all the people who think that tourmaline is … 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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Dark Ends and Passionate Green Emerald Cut

In tourmaline it isn’t always easy being green.  You may have closed ends and have a problem finding a cut, outside of an emerald cut.  Even when properly cut, your window of transparency and flash is limited and rejection can … Continue reading

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Nice, clean, blue green with steep ends, emerald cut.

This is one of the pawns in the collection.  I have cut a lot of them and each one claims it bit of beauty.  They are generally clean and have colors that swim around in the blues to  yellow greens.  … Continue reading

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A purple that wants to be lavender without copper, emerald cut

  Well it is time to let you see the difference or not between two similar colors.  One is the classic lavender of copper in tourmaline from Mozambique.  It is the first image and is a round.  The second is … Continue reading

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Slightly included spicy green emerald cut.

This nice sized emerald cut is slightly included, but the tiny dark lines are not distracting.   This is not true of the emerald cuts color which is a really bright and fun, slightly yellowish green color.  The ends of the … 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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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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Dark toned saturated blue emerald cut#1035

  This emerald cut with normal end angles is certainly a very saturated blue with out any traces of green in natural light.  (touch of green in yellowish light as expected)  It flashes nicely in a decent light, but has … Continue reading

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Fine Green Emerald cut#1021

Now this is a fine emerald cut.  It has all the right properties of clean color that is especial bright under incandescent/yellowish light, tone level and saturation.  It also has normal angles on the ends. During the last few years … 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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Celery juice in a tourmaline emerald cut.#1018

  Celery juice was squeezed out of me when I saw this tourmaline.  Now I know it is a tourmaline,  but this is a jester moment.  I would definitely think that this was a beryl if I didn’t know better.  … Continue reading

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Solid down to earth green emerald cut#1017

  In 1968 I returned home from Golden Colorado via Yellowstone and Niagara Falls, after taking a surveying course.  I had stayed in cheap motels and eaten fast food so I had a little money left over.  My home was … Continue reading

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Big pink with c axis in ends emerald cut.#1014

  The emerald cut is dominated by the dichroic a/b axis.  This color is a very pale pink that shows a touch of cream.  The preferred color is the darker pink c axis, with a better saturation, but it was … Continue reading

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How long I have waited pink/champagne/green tri-color#1010

  Now I love tri and bi and watermelon and completely mixed up tourmaline, but they are not the main thrust of the collection.   Color in all its diversity is center stage, yet chances do come along and I have … Continue reading

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Cutting a stubby tourmaline with a closed c axis

As of August 2013 the supply of quality tourmaline available to the custom cutter  and coming out of Africa, has probably hit a new low.  I really don’t think much material is coming out of the rest of the world, … 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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Long ratio open ended green emerald cut#991

  When the choice and supply of tourmaline rough runs down, I usually have a choice.  Either buy medium pinks or long ratio greens.  With pinks you do  not have a problem with closed ends, but they can be included.  … Continue reading

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How Green is my Afghan Gem#988

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

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Long Ratio, Open Ended, Green Emerald Cut#982

  Rough that requires a long ratio emerald cut is not #1 on my hit parade.  They take effort to keep their long narrow facets square even during the polishing process.  Being common does not help my enthusiasm either.  The … Continue reading

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Clean Moderate Tone Green Emerald cut with open ends.#979

  This flashy emerald cut needs to be examined closely to be really appreciated.  The end sparkle because they are open and this green tourmaline shows a very good level of transparency.  The stone’s color slides from grassy green to … Continue reading

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Heavely included, long ratio, blue emerald cut.#962

    When I got this rough I knew that it was heavenly included, but it had wonderfully blue views down the c axis.  I cut a long ratio emerald cut out of it, because that was the only practical … Continue reading

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Wow another pink emerald cut.

This very nice pink emerald cut has its tone level grade smoothly down the length of the gemstone.  The tone gradation,  without a  hue (color) shift could be caused  either by an increase in concentration of manganese in the darker … Continue reading

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Dravite long ratio emerald cut

  On the back of this box I have brown for the color of this beautiful emerald cut,   That certainly lacks the flickering fire of inspiration that is need to sell tourmaline.  We need a spice name for the long … Continue reading

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Pink Purple Emerald cut nice tone#949

  This good sized ring stone at 3.68 carats is a fine bright, but sultry pink purple.  I see a couple of flecks deep in the stone by eye, but they are not detracting and the stone has a very … Continue reading

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

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

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Stately emerald cut of defusing pink.#938

  When the rough for this beautiful tourmaline came in, it left no doubt about what kind of gemstone needed to be cut.  The whole gemstone is pink, but its tone grades from medium dark to a paler pastel as … Continue reading

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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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Nice classic tourmaline green with dark ends.#930

  This 1.70 carat medium toned grass green emerald cut is a pure classic tourmaline.  It is eye clean as most material like this is and has the unfortunate dark ends that aren’t too bad in larger ratio gems like … Continue reading

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A purple to blue called “Laurellite” by me.#926

  This smaller emerald cut is not pure and has somewhat muted colors, but is very exciting to me.  You have to work with lighting to appreciate the special place this unheated cuprian tourmaline from Mozambique holds in the world … Continue reading

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A temple of purity in the yellow world.#925

  Now cutting an emerald cut from an included piece of rough, that can not be completely clean up, is pushing your luck because any distracting flaws show up real well.  This 2.61 carat, great yellow emerald cut, was extracted … Continue reading

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Achroic, a colorless call in tourmaline#923

Now you have to be careful when you’re evaluating color in a very pale gemstone, it can catch its apparent color from the world around it.  Now an emerald cut is a color cut, so thousands of facets and magnificent … 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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Large ratio green emerald cut with dark ends#918

  This green emerald cut is longer than I would like with its narrow width.  I generally do not get much rough that is dark in the ends and the crystals are too short to be split into two or … Continue reading

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One Half Carat of Pure Rich Pink Joy#912

  I try and mix in smaller gemstones in between larger efforts.  It kind of relieves the tension of polishing facets that are large enough to both make polishing a physical effort, since I work on a stationary lap when … Continue reading

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Long red emerald cut makes good.#910

  This emerald cut surprised me when I removed it from the dop stick and got my first look at it.  It is a good size at 5.22 carats and with a ratio that is a bit larger than I … 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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Uniquely oriented watermelon emerald cut

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

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Bi-color emerald cut with a secret

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

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Pink, graded tone levels in large emerald cut#938

Many gemstones of different kinds have zoning caused by different tone levels in their color. In amethyst and sapphire etc. it is not considered desirable, but with tourmaline I find it can be used to make an interesting and beautiful … Continue reading

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A face-up beige with a split personality.

  Watermelon is a great term for describing a classic color distribution in tourmaline.  The most famous combination of colors is pink/red in the center with a pale color band separating it from a green skin, but it comes in … Continue reading

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