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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Dark toned powerful blue green round.#111

Do you need a stone that can stand up to that bright afternoon sun at the local barbecue,  then this fine example of a dark toned blue green round from Namibia, should fill the bill.   It has concentrate color power … Continue reading

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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