Tag Archives: Mozambique

Sing the praises of Paraiba, but not a dime for Mozambique.

This is a different twist on an old familiar tune.  And to start me going I went searching on the inter net by putting in  “tourmaline jewelery”.  It is not a subject that I have a great deal of interest … Continue reading

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A medium toned purple with significant flaws.#281

This standard round brilliant is typical of the type of cuprian tourmaline that became available after the world was introduced to its beauty.  About half of it is clean and flashy while the rest is so included that it obstructs … Continue reading

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Copper and Manganese made a Lady of Her, round#271

I am not a great believer in luck, but there are times when you’re game plan works out.  My game plan with the collection was not to secure the best investments or even the prettiest tourmaline, but to chase color.  … Continue reading

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Significantly included, Laurellite, cuprian, round, Mozambique#947

This standard round brilliant has a nice purple color in daylight, but its flash is significantly lessened by it feathers.  I say daylight with the purple, because it is a Laurellite.  Laurellite is a name I gave to a new … Continue reading

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Included, Oval, Laurellite, Cuprian, Elbaite from Mozambique.#945

This oval was actually the first Laurellite that I cut.  It is not as colorful as her sister #944, since her color change goes from purple to more of a grayed blue, but she set me up to take action … 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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After the ball was over. Large, blue purple, cuprian, Laurellite oval#943

Prior to the discovery of copper bearing tourmaline in Mozambique I had a ball.  I was seeing blues, purples, and greens like never before, at prices that I could afford.  I also had a good connection to Afghanistan and their … 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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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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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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Lightly included, pastel yellow washed with green, oval. cuprian#419

This is another gemstone that I did not buy as cuprian, but my spectroscope uncovered the proper absorption curves.  It is very clean for a cuprian tourmaline from Mozambique, with only a very few light inclusions that do not effect … Continue reading

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Included purple oval with blue areas, Mozambique, cuprian#1192

This oval is pretty heavily included and the inclusions do effect its crystal quality and flash.  Still it has the rare color purple and the added interest that it has blue areas in the gemstone.   This stone pushes the cleanliness … 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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Included and flawed, but still a laurellite, cuprian, Mozambique#1164

The list of problems in the title makes this stone sound worse than it looks.  The flaws are not under the table and the inclusion/poor crystal is not bad enough to stop the standard round brilliant from flashing.  So this … Continue reading

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Apple green, medium toned, oval, Mozambique#1101

This is a beautiful gemstone.  The discovery and production,from a location in Mozambique of apple green rough, from which I recently cut (2012) this stone, appears to have had world wide repercussions.  This is according to a recent article by … Continue reading

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A special pink from Mozambique, cuprian.#49

The story you are about to hear is true and no names  will be mention to protect the innocent if there are any. I had just purchased one of the most important pieces of rough I will ever be blessed … Continue reading

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Medium toned purple with a bit more pink round cuprian.#43

The rough, for this  standard round brilliant, was probably heated to lighten its original dark reddish purple color.  The heating gradually reduces the reddish component in the color.  This medium toned, lavender pink round is eye clean and with fine … Continue reading

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A medium tone purple with pink passion, round, cuprian#42

This standard round brilliant was probably heated to lighten its original, dark reddish purple, color.    The dark reddish purple tourmaline was the only really clean material, originally found at Mavuco, Mozambique.  This excellent example of purple tourmaline with a … Continue reading

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Lightly toned well saturated lavender oval, cuprian#41

  The rough for the lightly toned lavender was cut from a large dark purplish red nodule that had been heated to lighten it.  It would have probably gone completely light blue if the heating continued.  The blue is from … Continue reading

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Historic lavender deeply cut round, Mozambique, cuprian#31

This round has a horizontally split main pavilion and a deep crown.  This helped produce a stronger medium light tone value in the first lavender tourmaline I had ever seen.  The stone is eye clean and with fine crystal. This … Continue reading

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

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

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Greatness is in the eye of the beholder. Bright, Green, Cuprian, Round.#148

This is a beautiful gemstone. There are many movies, books and even myths, about a creative person paying their dues and striving for greatness, but would not have made it, without the help of someone who believed in them. I … 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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Cuprian, medium toned, shift blue green round.#138

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

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Lavender Tourmaline, Lavender Tourmaline, Shield Cut, Cuprian#196

It is probably unnecessary and maybe even childish to type the same color before tourmaline twice in the title of this post.  It is just a way to express how important this color is in my world of color in … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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Cuprian, light yellow, round#644

I did not buy the rough for this gemstone as cuprian and I did not know it was cuprian until I check it out with my spectrometer.  I have no idea whether the copper content effects the color of this … Continue reading

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Included pinker shade of cuprian tourmaline, Mozambique#631

This pink definitely has the glow of copper’s purple and it has been confirmed with my spectrometer.  It is included, but the medium light, well saturated, standard round brilliant is still bright and flashy because most of the area corrupted … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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Magnificent bicolor with yellow crown and rust culet, orange round. Del Delgato#791

I have put together a general post about Del Gado and other sources of rough that peaked at different times in my time of collection building.  Still it should be said here that Del Gado, which is the most northern … Continue reading

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Shallow yellow oval with two tier crown.#781

This larger yellow oval is eye clean.  It has a very nice medium tone level and the yellow is without a greenish overtone.  The rough came from Del Gado Mozambique, which is the most northern state in Mozambique.  The material … Continue reading

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Snappy, sassy, cuprian, pinkish purple, but still lightly included oval#549

When it comes to cuprian tourmaline with a great pinkish purple color, I am very forgiving with cleanliness, but in this case I don’t really have to be.  It has a moderate tone level, which is beautifully complemented by just … Continue reading

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A medium pastel blue with a touch of gray oval cuprian#539

I did not buy the rough for this oval as cuprian.  It was too early in the game. Later, I did not expect this somewhat different blue, with a touch of gray, to be cuprian because it does not have … 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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Copper and Purple hand in hand, round#281

I usually put included before everything else when it is a definite factor in the gemstone, but with cuprian purple it is a different ball game.  Purple ,like this stone has, requires copper if it comes from Mozambique, I think.  … Continue reading

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Introduction, pictures and comments on five waves of tourmaline rough.

I started cutting gemstones again after a long hiatus in 1998.  I have purchased most of my rough from Africa, but there has also been a  significant amount of rough coming from Afghanistan.  Getting this site going and posting comments … Continue reading

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

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

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Happily it is pink purple time again at the cuprian bar, oval

This example of a color that is owned by the cuprian bar is only slightly included.  That makes it the toast of the town and puts many other pink purples from Mozambique to shame.  Still she doesn’t have the best … Continue reading

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Favorite green in the collection is a fighter, round.

Now to be the favorite green in this collection is saying something and it did not come easily.  I purchased the rough for this gemstone well before copper was discovered in tourmaline from Mozambique, in “Laurellites” I supplied the GIA. … Continue reading

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Purple, Included, Purple tourmaline oval

The title is not a mistake made by my terrible typing.  When I see a purple tourmaline that is rich and with good saturation, I know that I probably have a copper bearing gemstone and a rare color to boot.  … Continue reading

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Purple Oval of Copper Bearing Beauty#959

  I love this stone, I love purple in tourmaline, I love copper bearing tourmaline and I love getting a nice stone for a decent price. I consider this medium shade of purple to be only found in copper containing … Continue reading

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Laurellite and a gray day in Mars.

My best Laurellite under florescent light. (5.69 carats) Small oval Laurellite under florescent light. (5.39 carats) Large oval Laurellite under florescent light. (27.13 carats)   I have a tray of stones home because I am writing posts about them.  This … Continue reading

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