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A classic Rubellite, inclusions and all.#285

This oval is a pure Rubellite, a treasure trade name for truly red tourmaline.  It has the inclusions, which in this case make little difference in the appearance of the gemstone.  It has the dark tone level, but in this … 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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Eye candy alert, orange tang on the menu, oval beauty.#270

Some colors do not need much to get me going.  Orange is one of them.  An influential tourmaline expert once wrote that he questioned whether orange was a naturally occurring color in tourmaline.   It certainly has not been a big … 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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Great blue pink bicolor from Afghanistan.#947

This emerald cut is a beautiful gemstone.  It has a body that is a little over half pink with the remainder blue.  Both pastel colors have a great medium light tone value.   It appears to be eye clean and of … 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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slightly included, green powerhouse, emerald cut, Afghanistan#446

Viva La Afghanistan and its tourmaline.  This hunk of an emerald cut is pure tourmaline heaven. Now it is slightly included and I can see those pesky disturbances in the force, deep in this flashing well of green, but it … Continue reading

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This is a GEM, exceptional gemstone, sea foam, emerald cut.#444

Now I knew that this was an exceptional gem, but it was in a different tray than the other sea foams, so I never really compare it with them.  Now, thanks to this effort in posting (2013), I have all … Continue reading

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Exceptional Rubellite Unique to the Collection Round.#1162

Deeply cut bicolor, colorless crown, red pavilion, 6.60 carats. Nice longer ratio emerald cut with bright red c axis, 4.51 carats This is a GEM, an exceptional gemstone.  It has everything including a secret.  But first a question.  How do … 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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Standout Dichroic blue green oval#1141

Most of my later, higher number trays, are a mixture of gems as I cut them and not the ordered field that my son put together after the last Carnegie Museum show.  With the desire to post information about every … Continue reading

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Summing up the parts, beautiful yellow green shield cut.#1124

With all the difficulty and expense of getting natural tourmaline rough, it makes me wonder sometimes why I just don’t cut synthetic.  I don’t believe in any mystical force of nature or the healing power of natural gemstones, but I … Continue reading

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Classic blue green emerald cut tourmaline.#1118

There, I have brought up the fact,in the title, that this beauty which screams tourmaline when you look at it, is a tourmaline.  I think you may have been surprised by the world of color in tourmaline as you brows … 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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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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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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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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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 perfect beautifully green chrome tourmaline.#117

Saying a chrome tourmaline is green is redundant, but I don’t want anyone, even for a moment to think that this standard round brilliant is anything other than the ideal green tourmaline in a medium tone level.  It is not … Continue reading

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Big brother of the outstanding sea foam Barion Cut #190 from Afghanistan#200

Many tourmaline crystals have broader bases than the areas toward their terminus and when you trying to get the most of a spectacular sea foam tourmaline crystal, you cut for the largest quality stone you can get.  This is why … Continue reading

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A treasured pink of great visual impact, emerald cut. Afghanistan#197

She and her family are known wide and far in Afghanistan and their given name is strawberry.  When I heard of this exceptional, saturated pink from Afghanistan, that was found in large crystals that were always included and had to … Continue reading

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One of a pair of outstanding sea foam Barion Cusions, Afghanistan. #190

In the middle of supporting my daughters threw college I received some money from my mother’s estate.  Now most of the money probably ended up at school, but dad deserves a little fun too. I had run into an interesting … Continue reading

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Now we have an outstanding, Tang orange colored shield cut.#189

I don’t know how many people remember Tang or whether they still make it anymore, but it was one of the memorable items on my mother’s diet along with peanut and bananas, on dark Hollywood bread, sandwiches.  Well this shield … Continue reading

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Ultimate eye candy in the name of a medium toned pink, shield cut#186

On one of the group of pages that my principle rough dealer puts out on the internet, he had a special group of tourmaline that seemed to be particularly colorful.  I have lost track of the other pieces of rough … Continue reading

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This is a pink that is almost too rich and powerful for a simple shield cut.#177

Their are wonderfully flighty and flirtatious pinks in the world and then there are powerful pinks that let you know who is boss.  This eye clean, rich and powerful shield cut is quite a warrior.  Her sultry, darkly toned recesses … Continue reading

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Lots of competition to be eye candy in yellow green, meet a winning round #92

This standard round brilliant has a great combination of decent size, bright yellow with a wash of green color, eye clean purity and fine crystal to be eye candy and she has accepted the honor.  She weighed in at 2.05 … Continue reading

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Unique faceted watermelon pink center, green rind, emerald cut. #69

Everyone seems to love watermelon tourmaline,(a crystal with a pink core that runs down the long axis of Elbaite tourmaline that is coated with a green rind.), but it is rare that this distribution of color is useful to the … Continue reading

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A great, clean, yellow green piece of eye candy, copper bearing round. #62

This is a beautiful gemstone.  Its acid yellow green color seems to burn a hold threw the little plastic box I store it in.  Its medium toned splendor is augmented by having copper as a chromophore in its chemistry.  I … 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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An exceptional bright blue green emerald cut turns out to be cuprian.#388

It is amazing to me, that after climbing the pinnacles and wandering threw the valleys, of Namibian blue green tourmaline, there is a gemstone that transcends all of them in the same tray.  The gemstone does not have the most … 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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Large Exquisite Purple Round, One of the Best Tourmalines in Collection#291

When I started faceting again after a long hiatus, one of the colors I wanted very much was bluish purples.  I could get purples as shades of pink and red, but to go to the blue side was unattainable.  Then … Continue reading

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It is final, this is the best green, bar none, in the collection!

Now that is a big title for such a small stone, but it is true.  This standard round brilliant only weighs .21 carats, but it is a chrome tourmaline and that means GREEN.  Chrome is really a misnomer because it … Continue reading

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