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Bi Color stability aways a question.

I just finished a darker blue/medium blue that came threw like a champ.  It is only 5mm wide and about twice that in length.  I had to cut down a much longer crystal to just get the area of the … Continue reading

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Eye clean pale blue round from Afghanistan.#735

This round is one of the better blue pieces that I got in a lot I bought from Afghanistan.  It is not only visibly blue, which is better than most of the blue halves of bicolors that broke apart, but … 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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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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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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Small oval Namibian blue#1193

I don’t cut this small an oval very much anymore.  For most colors a simple standard round brilliant and a ticket into the droplets of color is enough.  But with  a nice piece of Namibia blue, I go for the … Continue reading

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Gray with blue flash round, Mozambique#1185

The purchase of the rough for this standard round brilliant shows a bit more discipline on my part than my earlier days.  The dealer had gotten a lot of a tourmaline with a different color that is never stated.  It … Continue reading

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

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

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Another round of blue from Namibia for everyone, dot of color.#1166

This is a pretty little blue standard round brilliant.  It appears to be eye clean and came from Namibia in a lot that proved to be unstable.  The dot of color has a medium tone level and weighs .27 carats. … Continue reading

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Another blue dot special from Namibia#1163

If you can keep dots of color on the dop stick, they can be fun to cut.  I went to a diamond dopping wax years ago, that is just about pure shellac and have never regretted it.  I now use … Continue reading

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

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

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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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Part of the lot of Namibia blue dots of color#1151

Small rounds are fun to cut, but you work for what you get.  There are not too many colors that I would push a round down this small, but a great medium toned blue, like this dot of color, is … Continue reading

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

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

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Namibian blue dot of color.#1146

Another fine stable blue from Namibia that is a dot of color.  It appears to be eye clean, but may not be stable enough to set.  It weighs .35 carats. Bruce

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Rolling in dots of blue Namibian tourmaline.#1144

Namibia gets my vote for blue in tourmaline.  It may not have the neon look of Paraiba, but I keep finding room in my collection for it.  This dot of color is bright blue and stays blue even in my … 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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Darkly toned, dichroic blue green oval.#1136

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

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Dark blue with limited flash blue dot of color.#1132

This dot of color is as small as I have cut them.  It has a rich blue color, but seems to suffer from a lack of transparency that I have seen in other blues.  Still with its small size of … Continue reading

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Included, medium toned, blue dot of color.#1127

Sometimes I can tell when a stone has been a real problem and this is one of them.  It is pretty included and such a small size that i am sure that its destiny did not start out that way.  … Continue reading

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How many Namibian blues does it take to make a lot, as many as I can get#1126

I think that doing all the posts for my new web site has caused me to reflect on some of my purchases.  I seem to have a selective memory or lack of it, when it comes to how many small … Continue reading

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Medium toned blue, dot of color, Namibia#1120

This is a pretty medium toned blue standard round brilliant.  It is from Namibia and makes a fine dot of color,  It weighs .22 carats. Bruce

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Namibian blue, classic dot of color.#1115

There are not many colors that I would cut in such a small round anymore.  But I go the extra mile with a great Namibian blue.  A combination of medium tone levels and great transparency helps my beloved blue, just … Continue reading

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

This standard round brilliant appears to be eye clean and has reasonable flash for a darker gemstone.  One that likes the sun and an intimate glance.  The blue green components of the stones hue are well balanced.  It weighs .86 … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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A fine medium light toned pastel blue round.#144

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

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

This standard round brilliant is compromised by a significant white inclusion about half way between the girdle and the table.  It doesn’t flash, but it is quite visible.  Still the stone has such a beautiful blue and it still sparkles.  … Continue reading

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Blue to blue green medium dark round.#142

This is a beautiful gemstone. I never realized until I started posting my collection that I had so many blue to blue green medium dark gemstones. This one has to be one of the best.  It is eye clean and … Continue reading

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Included watery blue cuprian round.#141

need picture 141 The rough for this standard round brilliant was bought before copper was discovered to be in gem grade tourmaline in Mozambique.  It has a good number of inclusions and not very good crystal.  Still I was in … Continue reading

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

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

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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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I am a round of constant blue hue (color).#133

One of the joys of the collection is to be able to compare subtle differences between tourmalines that might appear identical under casual observations.  I finished a post on a beautiful tourmaline that I have called blue since I cut … Continue reading

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High quality medium dark blue round#132

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

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A memorable blue round, included.#131

When I remember trying to polish a gemstone years later, It was  a bugger.  I usually do not have problems polishing indicolite, trade name for blue tourmaline, but this gem drove me crazy.  It does have a rather evenly spread … Continue reading

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medium dark, blue to green droplet of color#125

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

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Included medium dark blue to blue green round.#124

This standard round brilliant is a personal gemstone that really only shows it flashing blue to blue green under decent light.  It is moderately included, but its darker tone makes them difficult to see face up.  It weighs 1.90 carats. … Continue reading

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A nice richer than usual, blue color, in a small round from Namibia.#123

This blue dot of color from Namibia has a medium dark tone.  If was even moderately bigger than its .35 carat size it would be completely dark.  So I guess sometimes it is best to be small.  It does have … Continue reading

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Average blue dot of Namibian origin.#113

This small blue, standard round brilliant, really could use a little bulk to get up there to the top of Namibia’s  bounty.  As it stands, it a nice average dot of color with a medium tone and eye clean body.  … Continue reading

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

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

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Light toned included pastel blue droplet of color.#111

This is one of the darker blue round from a lot I bought years ago from Afghanistan and it is still just light in tone.  It is also moderately included which does not stop the standard round brilliant from being … Continue reading

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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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Small oval of watery blue disposition.#104

This oval with a watery, medium toned blue, is one of the smallest ovals I have cut.    The little, eye clean, gem is a pretty piece of blue with value.  It is from Afghanistan/Pakistan.  It weighs .43 carats. Bruce

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Small Namibian blue round, droplets of the gods.#103

I don’t mind taking a moment to talk about Namibian blue tourmaline.  Namibia is one of the small, select, group of locations in the world that  produces brilliant pure blue tourmaline that deserves to be call Indicolite.  The material can … Continue reading

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Included Aqua Blue Oval#101

This medium light toned, aqua blue oval is full of tiny inclusions and a few fine feathers.  They do effect the stone’s flash, but its pretty color shines threw.  The stone’s fine color, medium light tone level and brightness still … 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Namibian blues a moving flaw in a pure hearted emerald cut.#371

It is always sad to see a beautiful stone destroyed and when it is happening as you work on it, that is even worse.  Now I have certainly had tourmalines “blow up” on me and left me shatter along with … 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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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, 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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One lost baguette in the collection, small blue.#355

I decided to cut a baguette to see how I would like it.  I decided that I much preferred emerald cuts so this medium blue one was the only baguette I have cut.  It has a nice medium tone and … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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Nice medium toned baby blue droplet of color.#634

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

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Highly transparent pastel blue droplet of color.#601

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

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A blue Namibian droplet of color.

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

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It is pretty small, but still a blue from Namibia, round#789

Small or not doesn’t matter when it comes to having a blue from Namibia.  This standard round blue is a blue blood and shows its pedigree even though it is only .27 carats big.  Its tone level is on the … Continue reading

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This is small enough to be a dot and it is, a beautiful blue Namibian one.#785

There is something about a Namibian blue that stands out even when it is as small as this blue dot of color.  It is not just its color, but the great medium tone that goes with it in these smaller … Continue reading

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Smallest round I ever made, blue color dot.#779

It looks like a little sapphire and deserves a note as the smallest stand round brilliant I ever cut. (and any other style of cut).  It has a nice medium toned blue and weighs a spectacular .11 carats. (That is … Continue reading

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

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

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Blue to blue green droplet of color#538

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

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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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Slightly sleepy, included, dichroic, blue oval.#518

I usually think of sapphire and garnet when I hear sleepy, but that is what this oval is.  I can see both dichroic blues in the gem’s flashes and they are not exceptional dark.  But the pizazz is not there.  … Continue reading

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Midnight/sapphire blue flash, trilliant cut.#515

It would be nice if I never purchased a “problem” piece of rough.  But then I guess I would never get to show off, to myself, what I can stretch to do. (I have almost never discussed cutting a stone … Continue reading

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Non dichroic, lightly toned shield cut.#505

If you want to spend the time and effort on a shield cut, this is a stone like you would want to cut.  It has all the right gemological properties in a mild bright pastel blue.  It refuses to gray … 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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Included round with pleasant baby blue color.#731

This baby blue standard round brilliant is moderately included. the inclusions definitely affect the flash and transparency of the gemstone.  It is from Afghanistan and weighs .47 carats. Bruce

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

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

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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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Smaller Barion Cut in Blues with a touch of Green.

This is a great little stone.  Its two axis, one of which is bluer and the other blue with a touch of green, are beautifully mixed to make mainly a blue by the Barion cut. (The mixing of the two … Continue reading

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Dark flash driven sapphire blue round

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

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A dark round with flash on the side.

This round brilliant with a very flat crown was out of the collection for awhile because Jeff could not get a picture with any color out of it.  I think he did better the second time around.  The only reason … 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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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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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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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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Small or large, never enough Namibian blue rounds

I usually don’t remember where smaller tourmaline comes from, if I ever knew, but with the blues, Namibia just stands out.  Over the years I have had breakage problems even in small stones, because a lot of of the rough … 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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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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I love stout hearted blues that still know how to open up, oval.

Here is a beautiful blue that knows how to stay blue under a gray day’s sky or even in my secret place, just under the side of a compact florescent light in a yellowish shade.   There are more steps that … 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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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 great round blue from Namibia, droplet time again.

For a smaller standard round brilliant this medium toned, blue, droplet of color can not get any better.  It has it all, even a stable color, and give a closer look, pleasure.  It came from Namibia and weighs in at … Continue reading

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Included pale blue Afghan droplet of color.

This standard round brilliant has eye visible inclusions in a tiny sea of pale blue.  It came from Afghanistan in a lot that consisted of blue and pink included pieces from bicolored crystals that broke apart.  The blue part is … Continue reading

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Bright, eye clean pastel blue, droplet of color

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

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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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Great green to blue droplet of color

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

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Light blue droplet of color

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

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A beautiful blue drifter into blue green round.

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

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Pale Include Blue that Glows Shield Cut.

The crystal quality of the smaller shield cut is not good and it has a wide assortment of fine inclusions.  Still I am pleased to have it in the collection because it appears to a diffuse glow.   It doesn’t … Continue reading

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A Bluer shade of Sea Foam,Barion Cut Cushion. Afghanistan

This Barion Cut Cushion from Afghanistan was not purchased as a sea foam and its color is too blue, but not by much.  It has good crystal, but it is included.  The inclusions appear to be light feathers and under … Continue reading

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A stately catherdral of blue to blue green emerald cut.

Emerald cuts have a formal feeling to them and when that is combine with a color that does not want to play, you are dealing with a presence.   This open ended blue tourmaline does let a little slide into blue … Continue reading

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Blue No Green No Blue No Green emerald cut.

I was getting ready to post about a smaller blue emerald cut with closed ends, when I checked the back of the box and saw green.  So I checked under my yellowish light and sure enough this quite saturated blue, … Continue reading

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Nice pale blue included round droplet of color

This round has a bid more than an IceT (very light) tone level, and is not overly burdened with inclusions.  It has a clean pastel blue color and a standard round brilliant cut that makes it one of the droplets … Continue reading

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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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Great blue to green droplet

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

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A Blue that walks to a different drummer, Round

Most blue tourmaline really like yellowish/incandescent light.  It really fires up the stone even if the blues can tend to become greens.  Well here is a standard round brilliant that just has to be different.  I read on the box … Continue reading

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Blue with white feather, round

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

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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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True Blue Droplet

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

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Sun loving blue sliding round.

This is a beautiful medium sized standard round  brilliant that has the blessing of a rich blue color in natural light.  It does slide into a bit of green under incandescent, but it is a blue to me.  Namibia has … Continue reading

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Included Blue slider with a past, round.

There are few gemstones from years ago that leave a clear impression on me of polishing their tables, but this one does.  I cut the gemstone during a relatively protracted period of time I call the “Polish Wars”.   My polishing … Continue reading

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Medium Toned, Blue Green droplet

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

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Nice medium dark blue green droplet

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

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A darker blue with eye visible inclusions, round

This darker standard round blue has a significant amount of inclusions.  They do not effect the gemstone’s beauty that much because of gemstone’s high tone values.   The inclusions just sort of augment the flash from the facets.  It weighs 1.90 … Continue reading

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Nice sapphire color dot of blue.

This color dot weighs only .35 carats, but has a blue that is as solid as any tourmaline in the collection.  Green is not in its book and it likes to take vacations with the sapphires where its mid level … Continue reading

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Blue Green Too Dark To Handle?

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

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Very sharp small round in blue green droplet of color

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

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OK but rather flat blue green round, Included

This smaller standard round brilliant is a step or two down from the best Namibian in eye appeal.  It is included, but has a good tone level.  With a weight of .43 carats, the droplets have passed on this one. … Continue reading

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Great, moderately toned, smaller, blue round droplet

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

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Darker than average blue/green from Namibia

This standard round brilliant has great flash driven color in moderate light.  It is clean with excellent crystal and not visible dichroic.  Another fine blue/green from Namibia that likes to be blue in natural light.  It weighs 2 carats and … Continue reading

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Darker Blue round that stays Blue, droplet

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

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Small medium light blue oval

This is probably the smallest oval in the collection.  It has a pretty average medium blue color with good clarity.  This eye clean gemstone weighs .43 carats. Bruce

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Included very pale blue round

You have to have color to be a droplet.  It is not enough to be a smaller standard round brilliant, so they drew the line and did not offer the prize to this nearly colorless supplicant.  At least its numerous … Continue reading

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Medium toned blue droplet from Namibia.

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

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Included pale blue oval

Not all semi-facet rough is created equal.   Some semi-facet has larger, but relatively few significant feathers that need to be oriented, as much as  possible, perpendicular to the table and other semi-facet material has a diffused web of small inclusion … Continue reading

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Another Nambian blue green winner.

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

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A darker Namibian blue with a touch of green oval.#247

The Namibian oval is a bit too dark to be optimal.  It also has a greenish cast that really does not shout out I am a blue gemstone.  Still when it gets it chance to shine in a yellowish light … Continue reading

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Great Sapphire Like Blue Tourmaline#246

I was able to buy a nice sized lot of very good blue Namibia tourmaline before my source dried up and prices climbed to ridiculous heights.  I am reminded of how fortunate I was when I checked out this BLUE … Continue reading

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A great blue(indicolite) oval from Namibia#245

This is an expensive gemstone in dollars per carat.  It is clean and without flaws.  Its tone is moderately rich and that is very important in Namibian blues.  And an intense, consistent, saturated blue it is, in the shade of … Continue reading

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Quite Light Blue/Green Oval#238

Medium light and bright and raring to flash for you.  This stone is only held back by too much light.  It is best for the indirect lighting of intimate moments.   It does not appear to be dichroic.  I has excellent … Continue reading

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Rich Powerful Namibian Blue Oval#237

It takes but a moment to realize that you are looking into a superior   tourmaline with this oval.  It is on the darker toned side, but has an open face with a great blue saturation in natural light.  The … Continue reading

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Hazy pretty blue oval

  This included oval has a really sharp bright medium blue color.  It has numerous small inclusion that produce a poor quality crystal.  It weighs 2.01 carats.  Frankly, the nicest colors can come in included stones and this is a … Continue reading

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Straight up rich blue tourmaline.

This medium dark blue is true.  Its tone level is medium dark and sapphire like.  It came from Namibia and weighs 2.13 carats.  It appears to be eye clean with fine crystal.  This is a very nice gemstone. Bruce

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Included Dark Blue Oval#220

This gemstones dark blue color obscures a large number of whitish inclusions that do not flash.  The inclusions are not distracting, but they do restrain the gemstone’s brightness.  The gemstone weighs 1.31 carats and it came from Namibia.   Bruce … Continue reading

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Included Medium Blue Oval#219

This blue oval has a nice saturation and moderate tone level, but is restrained by numerous light inclusions.  There is also a touch of green, but I would still call is an indicolite.   This visibly imperfect gemstone is still attractive … Continue reading

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Medium Dark Blue Green Namibian Oval#217

This nice medium dark toned oval has at least two eye visible inclusion next to the girdle.  Its color is principally blue with a fine dash of green, another Namibian specialty a long with  pure blue.  It weighs 1.97 carats. … Continue reading

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medium dark Namibian blue oval#216

  This darker Namibian blue oval has a nice even tone level and color, that gives the gemstone a sapphire-like feel.  It appears to be eye clean and does not have any green in the blue.  True blues (indicolite) in … Continue reading

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Medium dark pastel blue green oval.#209

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

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Nice medium dark blue green oval#207

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

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Dark Dichroic Blue Oval#206

The tone value of this smaller oval is high.  It is dichroic, with the darker color being a good sapphire blue, while the lighter color is a decent medium light blue.  It appears to be eye clean and weighs .83 … Continue reading

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Definite blue green oval#205

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

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A lighter shade of blue oval#1095

  This nice medium blue oval is without a gray modifier.  It has a rather watery presence, but it can stand its ground under brighter conditions.  It is clean and bright with a personality that is sure to please.  It … Continue reading

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Dark Sapphire like droplet#1092

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

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Blazing Blue Green Color Dot#1081

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

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Namibian Blue Oval to the Starboard#1076

  Whales maybe hard to find, but they are easy to spot once you’re close and that is how these wonder Namibian blues are in the later years of my collection.  None of them are really large, but their color … Continue reading

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Nice Blue but Included Emerald Cut#1071

  The most important decision that will effect the beauty of a gemstone are made during the preforming process with me.  I spend relatively little time deciding the future of the gemstone before I  remove the material that I am … Continue reading

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Namibian Blue Droplet of Color#1065

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

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

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

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Clean medium toned blue from Namibia#1052

  The sun’s down so I am looking at the real nice emerald cut under a yellowish light.  It responds by really powering up its medium tone highly transparent body.  It ends are open and responsive to the slightest movement  … Continue reading

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Fine Namibian Blue Oval#1039

  This Namibian blue oval has a top quality blue with a medium tone level.  It is cut with a two stepped crown that makes a bright stone and gives an interesting play of flash off the surface of the … Continue reading

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Crisp Medium Toned Blue Oval#1036

This oval is not made of top grade Namibian blue.  But when you’re looking for “different” tourmaline with distinction, you don’t always go for the best.  This oval lacks the tone level of the best, but its color is pretty … 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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True blue that so sweet in the round.#1029

I think that Namibia should be declared a world treasure for the blue tourmaline (indicolite) it produces.  It also produces other colors that I don’t want to put down, but blue is the name of the game for me.  My … Continue reading

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Outstanding Blue Green Droplet of color.#1027

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

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Dynamic Blue Shield Cut#1026

I can see why I have cut a number of shield cuts from this  tone level  of blue.  It makes a beautiful pastel shield cut because the blue is not dichroic.  Now I think dichroicism in tourmaline can be great, … Continue reading

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Small Darker Blue Green Emerald Cut.#1020

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

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Smaller blue green oval had clutter#998

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

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A large blue shield of honor and honesty#996

  This shield cut can not help, but come clean.  It has nothing to hide except for maybe a drift toward green in artificial light.  Still it is a natural pastel blue, but not a baby blue.  It probably has … Continue reading

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Pure Blue Oval#986

  There is absolutely nothing wrong with with bright, flashy medium pastel  blue oval.  It is not noticeably dichroic and it has great transparency, without a flaw in the sky.  So why does it leave me rather cold.  It really … Continue reading

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Blue Afghanistan trilliant beauty.#965

  Now the internet has points that transcend just a way to quickly try and buy faceting rough.  This site for example.  I did write for another site for a while and got to meet some interesting people.  I hope … 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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Blue Included cushion cut that is cuprian.#961

  This is an interesting stone.  I bought it after my supply of cuprian tourmaline had pretty much dried up.   I continued to buy the smaller more included cuprian material that became remained available, because I am always looking for … Continue reading

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Little Round Beauties#935

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

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BLUE tiny round to be enjoyed#935

  This tiny round standard brilliant has a hue (color), tone level and saturation that I dream about in a larger stone.  I have a number of them in the collection and they all come from Namibia.   The African … 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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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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The Blues Brothers split up was rough

    Purchasing faceting rough over the inter net can call for tolerance, patience and most of all hope.  When a new set of pages comes on line out of Africa, I quickly look for the “different” tourmaline.  Color is … Continue reading

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