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Light toned pastel peach oval.#257

This oval has a lightly toned pastel peach color that is stable.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  Nice properties lead to a bright flashy gemstone.  It weighs .82 carats. Bruce

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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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Green IceT all around for this highly transparent emerald cut.#448

This pale green emerald cut is not dichroic and without any problems with its cleanliness or crystal.  I would honestly think this was a beryl or maybe even a greened quartz before I would guess a tourmaline.  With successful polishing … Continue reading

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Moderate pale green droplet of color from Brazil#1150

This standard round brilliant is moderately included.  Its minty green body produces a reasonable amount of flash.  I bought the rough in a lot from Brazil and it was some of the first material I cut, when I was getting … Continue reading

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Heavily included pale green emerald cut. Brazil#1142

When I  first got back into faceting after a long hiatus, I bought mostly small sized, inexpensive, cutting rough, much of which was junk.  The lot that the posted gemstone came from was Brazilian and had tourmaline with three distinctly … Continue reading

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Included pale gray oval#1137

This gemstone is just another little step to cover the world of color in tourmaline.  Its pale gray color is rich enough to keep it from being achroite, but doesn’t give it much life.  It is noticeably include in one … Continue reading

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Another winner, pale yellow green, deep round.#1122

I feel a growing acceptance of a new force in the round world.  It the tourmaline rough meets the following criteria, it may end up being cut with a split horizontal main pavilion and a modified step cut crown. 1,  … 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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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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Delicate sea foam oval from Afghanistan.#162

A fine little oval that came with the sea foam lot from Afghanistan.  I has a light tone level that doesn’t support the sea foam color very well, but it is very bright and eye clean.  It weighs .83 carats. … Continue reading

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Very bright pale yellow washed in green, droplet of color.#154

This pale yellow droplet of color just couldn’t stay away from being washed with green.  It is a common fate of many yellow tourmaline.  But that didn’t prevent the round from being very bright and eye clean.  This flashy gemstone … 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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A long, long ratio, IceT flavored pastel punch of a bicolor emerald cut. #90

For me the cutting of a long ratio (length to width) ratio is an effort to keep the long narrow rectangular facets square.  Actually it is in the polishing, rather than the cutting, that causes my problems,  Generally I only … Continue reading

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Delicate pale yellow to golden droplet of color. #63

Tourmaline can have dynamic color in many areas of the spectrum.  This small standard round brilliant drifts between a nice light pastel yellow in natural light and a distinctly richer pastel gold in my yellowish light.  Now I would expect … Continue reading

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Lightly toned, not dichroic, deeply cut, watery blue green, emerald cut.#386

This lightly toned, non dichroic, emerald cut does not look like a classical tourmaline.  If you did not do an index of refraction test on it and find that it has a much higher index than beryl,  I would guess … Continue reading

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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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Orange droplet of color, a bit pale for the contest.#645

This gemstone protested the results of the contest between three of its orange brothers.  The judge, me, had ruled that the posted droplet of color was just bit too low in tone to compete.  Now that I have taken a … Continue reading

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Pale, completely uniform yellow green pastel, droplet of color#617

This tourmaline was born to not look like tourmaline.  The standard round brilliant that was cut from it is bright and flashy, but with only enough tone level to just keep out of the IceT space.  It could easily be … Continue reading

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Maybe a touch of blue in an Achroite, round#798

I just rediscovered the key to finding the blue in these nearly colorless standard round brilliants from Afghanistan, direct sunlight, how new and novel.  This gemstone still almost failed the blue test.  It is very bright and flashy and weighs … Continue reading

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Faintest hint of blue and the IceT group is helpfull, round#786

Afghanistan tourmaline is amazingly pure at times.  This standard round brilliant is another example of such purity.  It has just the faintest touch of blue, in a sparkling clean body.  It weighs .33 carats. Bruce

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A touch of blue leads to an IceT round.#763

You could easily miss the touch of blue in this otherwise completely colorless round.  But with the help of my IceT consultants I see it this time.   The bright and flashy stone appears to have a sprinkling of tiny inclusions … Continue reading

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Very pale peach emerald easy choice for IceT development#536

This is one of those tourmaline that you would think is anything, but a tourmaline.  Its tone level is very low and the stones crystal is flawless.  It is not dichroic and actually looks like some inexpensive topaz I had … Continue reading

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Very Pale Yellow to Green, victim of wishful thinking round. (IceT for sure)#530

Now the IceT party is ready to party hard with this standard round brilliant no mater what official color I come up with.  In the morning light I see a very pale green, but there is yellow on the box.  … Continue reading

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An extremely faint trace of green in the IceT emerald cut.#516

This emerald cut goes back awhile, to a time when I thought that the straight sharp fagot of tubes in the pavilion of this emerald cut were rutile crystals not growth tubes.  (Now I have never heard of rutile in … Continue reading

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Scattered, light inclusions in a pale lemon droplet of color.#502

This smaller standard round brilliant looks like the medicine I use to take to help with a sore throat.  The light lemony with just a touch of green color has scattered inclusions that aren’t too dense.  Its flash is impacted … Continue reading

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Very slight included baby pink round from Afghanistan#750

This standard round brilliant has a very nice baby pink color.  It appears to be very slightly included, but it is  still a very sharp little round.  It weighs 1.17 carats. Bruce

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A blue cup of IceT round from Afghanistan#748

This very pale blue stone, and I can clearly see the blue in this one, still made it into the IceT group.  It is a very bright ,lightly included, standard round brilliant.  It weighs .63 carats. Bruce

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Small pale peach oval#257

Peach that is some level of pastel seems to be the twin of pink in tourmaline.  It generally has the same problems and strengths as its more appreciated sibling.  This pale peach oval could be easily mistaken for a pink … Continue reading

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Pale citrus yellow without green emerald cut from Brazil

When I started cutting gemstones again after a long hiatus, I bought only small material.  The first dealers I worked with on the internet were really junk deals.  The posted citrus yellow emerald cut was an attempt to get something … Continue reading

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Lightly toned Afghan green with touch of pink center, round

This combination of a pale pastel green and pink is a classic and distinctive one from Afghanistan.  Many times the green rind on the rough, that had a watermelon color distribution, is not thick enough to be retained with the … Continue reading

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A nice pale pink round with a bit of inclusions from Afghanistan

Now I may have complained about the lot of light pink and blue I got from Afghanistan years ago, but it did produce some decent  stones.  This is one of the nicer pinks, because it is a bit larger and … 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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Wheat, Cream, or Slightly Brownish Yellow, oval

This oval can be call by many colors, but it is so pale that the IceT group already has a place for it.  It is slightly included which does not effect the stones brightness, but rather looks like little drops … Continue reading

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Delightful medium light peach, shield cut.

This shield cut brings the best out in a peach tourmaline.  The cuts nature is to be flashy and bright.  This coupled this with a medium light tone and eye clean peach, makes a great stone.  This is about as … Continue reading

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Smaller, very pale, IceT material, pink from Afghanistan.

This standard round brilliant is from Afghanistan and since the origins of the IceT group comes from there, they welcome this new hopeful.  The round is such a pale pink that no other offers were made even though it is … Continue reading

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Lavender IceT that is a droplet too. Copper Bearing

Sometimes it is not too bad to be small.  I am a standard round brilliant and I am in demand because I am lavender and eye clean.  I just wish that the IceT group didn’t think I belonged.  I hate … Continue reading

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A creamy IceT look in a standard round brilliant.

You have to be careful when you try and figure out the color of a lightly color tourmaline.  That pastel might just be picking up all the colors of the world.  When Jeff, my friend and photographer, started taking pictures … 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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Small sea foam, but still a sea foam droplet

This standard round brilliant is eye clean except for a tiny flash that is unimportant to the beauty of this top grade sea foam.  The tone is a.little light for such a small droplet, but it still sparkles.  It weighs … Continue reading

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Green IceT over ice, droplet of color

This standard round brilliant is a yellow green, but it is cool and icy light. With a tone level that darn near hits bottom, this eye clean droplet is very bright and crisp.  It weighs 1.03 carats and helps bring … Continue reading

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A white droplet of color touched with blue.

  The rough for this very very pale blue standard round brilliant came from Afghanistan.  It originally was part of bicolors that broke apart.  I have cut many included light pink rounds from the pink half of the broken bicolors,  … Continue reading

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A spunky pale yellow pastel oval that is included.

It has been a long time since I have stopped to look at an old friend.  When I started cutting again after a long hiatus, I purchase lots (parcels) of smaller rough.  I had set out to find color and … 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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Included, medium sized, copper bearing round.

  When I cut this moderately heavily included round I had no idea that it contained copper as a chromophore.  I learned that later when I tested it with my spectrometer.   It is a mildly attractive rather grayed green/blue under  … 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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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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Moderately Pale Green Oval#214

Pass the celery juice around again for this oval could have used another shot.  The pale pastel gemstone has an even if unexciting grayed green color.  It appears to be eye clean and have fine crystal.  It is flashy and … Continue reading

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Anyone for ice T, Almost colorless bi-color

    Very pale to moderately toned tourmaline is not rare from Afghanistan.  Much of the material is not flawless, but its “crystal quality” transparency is usually excellent.  The emerald cut was cut from the largest and cleanest piece of … Continue reading

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