Tag Archives: Nigeria

In the pink, another round for everyone.

I just finished a pink oval from a piece of tourmaline rough from Nigeria.  It turned out to be one of the most fragile pinks I have cut.  And this is from a location that has produced very calm and … Continue reading

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Another deep round in pink , down home goodness for the holidays.

It is always nice to sit down at least once during the holiday seasons to the smells and cheer of a familiar home cooked meal with family.  Recently I have been cutting some smaller and unusual tourmalines that have pushed … Continue reading

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Big Red is my name, Red is my game, Nigerian Rubellite Oval.#292

I will give you a hint.  This large, 9.98 carat medium dark oval is red.  It originated in Nigeria and made a trip to South Africa before showing up in Mars.  Never needing to offer itself on the inter net, … Continue reading

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

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

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Pale pink oval with frisky yellowish spot.#1188

This rough for this gemstone is from Nigeria and I have seen quite a bit of it.  The body is a nice pink, but some faces of the crystal have a yellowish green layer on them that appears to have … Continue reading

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Nice, middle of the road, eye clean, Nigerian, pink round.#50

This is the type of gemstone that needs to be on its own, to impress someone.  It is at least eye clean and very bright in its garb of medium toned, average pink pastel color, but that is not enough … Continue reading

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A great red GEM from Nigeria, round#47

Well this is my vote for the best Rubellite/red in the collection.  I have bigger ones with great color and I have smaller ones with great color.  Some are brighter and flashier than others and some have cleanliness problems.  They … Continue reading

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Bright, eye clean, medium toned pink round.#46

This standard round brilliant is a nice large pink that really has not problems.  It probably came from Nigeria and my yellowish light really ignites it into a spice pink.  In sunlight it is a much more of a medium … Continue reading

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A red sails in and interest rises in this round.#28

Yes we yet have another standard round brilliant that has won the jackpot and been declared a red.  It has the dark tone value of the usual red, but is missing the inclusions so there is a good chance that … Continue reading

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Pink culet and the rest green makes great mixing for a round. Nigeria #98

This is both an interesting and beautiful gemstone.  The standard round brilliant is a great cut to mix up colors and this gemstone has great ones to mix.  Both the pink culet and green crown rather disappear when the stone … Continue reading

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Larger Nigeria pink green mixed to orangy, round #97

This standard round brilliant is big enough to really see the mixing of green and pink into yellow and oranges that happens in this interesting stone.  The mixing certainly depends on the light and you can still see the pink/ … Continue reading

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What you see face up is not what you have green/pink round.#96

I have gotten more than a few pieces of this interesting rough from Nigeria over the years.   It is really a pink crystal that has some faces that look they had a chomophore (trace element that effects color)  diffused into … Continue reading

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The votes have been counted and this is a hot pink droplet of color.#636

I have enough pinks in the tray of fifty I am working on to begin to compare what I have written on the back of the droplets storage boxes.  I am really not that consistent.  It probably has to do … Continue reading

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Classic hot hot included pink droplet of color#519

This is what hot pink tourmaline looked like for most of the old days.  It was and is a great color in this standard round brilliant, but it always was included.  Included to such a significant degree that it impacts … Continue reading

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Green and Pink make yellow all in pastel, round

This is another example of a tricky tourmaline from Nigeria.  It is really a combination of pink and green that is mixed by the standard round brilliant into almost a completely uniform blend, that produces a creamy yellow.  There is … Continue reading

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Nigerian Red Beauty Oval#1051

  There have been better times in the rough tourmaline business.  Some twenty years or so ago a gigantic amount of reddish tourmaline was found in Nigeria.  There was so much that it actually depressed prices and it seems like … Continue reading

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A Great Fake Peach Round

    True or False.  Pink and green light mixed together with the right level of tone makes YELLOW. True and the story goes on. In the tray this large round with a pavilion consisting of eight split mains and … Continue reading

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