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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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Really sharp pastel yellow oval has been claimed by the IceT group.#1183

It was a close call, but the official ruling is that this yellow is both free enough of green, to be just a pale yellow and at the same time an IceT pledge.   The stone has three rows of step … Continue reading

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Flash, deeply cut round almost save from being brewed by the IceT group.#1112

It has been a while since I have discussed the IceT group, which is a far right splinter group in the color world of tourmaline.  The group’s goal is to provide support and comfort to a select group of tourmaline … Continue reading

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Another round of IceT with everyone included. Blue#147

Getting the “true” color of very pastel tourmaline can be a challenge.  I have had gemstones that picked up the color of my shirt at arms length and refused to let go.  It’s as if they were born to be … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Slightly include, pale, pastel green IceT, groupie#769

This pale green round just missed being a droplet of color.  It is slightly included and really wished that it was larger so that its tone level would be more appropriate for such a small standard round brilliant.  It weighs … Continue reading

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A touch of blue leads to an IceT round.#763

You could easily miss the touch of blue in this otherwise completely colorless round.  But with the help of my IceT consultants I see it this time.   The bright and flashy stone appears to have a sprinkling of tiny inclusions … Continue reading

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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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Very Pale Yellow to Green, victim of wishful thinking round. (IceT for sure)#530

Now the IceT party is ready to party hard with this standard round brilliant no mater what official color I come up with.  In the morning light I see a very pale green, but there is yellow on the box.  … 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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A blue cup of IceT round from Afghanistan#748

This very pale blue stone, and I can clearly see the blue in this one, still made it into the IceT group.  It is a very bright ,lightly included, standard round brilliant.  It weighs .63 carats. Bruce

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A ghost round for a tourmaline from Afghanistan#724

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

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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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Lightly toned Afghan green with touch of pink center, round

This combination of a pale pastel green and pink is a classic and distinctive one from Afghanistan.  Many times the green rind on the rough, that had a watermelon color distribution, is not thick enough to be retained with the … Continue reading

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The IceTs are ready, wisp of blue to colorless small oval.

This gemstone looks like it is colorless in my yellowish light and it has just a wisp of blue in daylight.  Either way this smaller, eye clean, oval does not depend on its color for interest.  It flashes out bright … 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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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 small round of sea foam for the IceT group.

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

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Wheat, Cream, or Slightly Brownish Yellow, oval

This oval can be call by many colors, but it is so pale that the IceT group already has a place for it.  It is slightly included which does not effect the stones brightness, but rather looks like little drops … Continue reading

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Smaller, very pale, IceT material, pink from Afghanistan.

This standard round brilliant is from Afghanistan and since the origins of the IceT group comes from there, they welcome this new hopeful.  The round is such a pale pink that no other offers were made even though it is … Continue reading

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Brightly Polished Eye Clean Afghan Pink Round

This standard round brilliant is refreshingly eye clean which is the exception for my pinks from Afghanistan.  I have found that all pastels polish easily and extremely  well with my polishing procedures.  The only real problem area with all colors … Continue reading

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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 creamy IceT look in a standard round brilliant.

You have to be careful when you try and figure out the color of a lightly color tourmaline.  That pastel might just be picking up all the colors of the world.  When Jeff, my friend and photographer, started taking pictures … 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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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 white droplet of color touched with blue.

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

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A spunky pale yellow pastel oval that is included.

It has been a long time since I have stopped to look at an old friend.  When I started cutting again after a long hiatus, I purchase lots (parcels) of smaller rough.  I had set out to find color and … Continue reading

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Bicolor IceT beverage only for the faint hearted.

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

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Strong IceT, but please only one teaspoon of inclusions. round

This nice pastel is sprinkled with inclusions.  They have little effect on its brightness or flash.   The gemstones color is a pale blue to sort of a yellowish green blue under yellowish light.   I think that is pretty normal for … Continue reading

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IceT anyone, A modest included Afghan round

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

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The full 9 yards with a pale pink round#1098

This pale pink round gemstone’s cut is like an attempt to put the ball between the uprights from the fifty yard line.  I know both were long shots, but I had to try. Both the crown and pavilion are cut … Continue reading

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Can a Yellow be Cold, no! I Am Green Round#1083

  The transition between yellow and green is a variable one with people.  Lighting also makes a major impact on whether the tourmaline looks greenish or not.  Then I look at the box and check the stone away from 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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Very Pale, but Peachy oval#960

  This very pale pastel is very clean and bright and has a color that is just a hint of something.  I am sure that some people would say the color drifts into pink, but it is not a pure … Continue reading

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