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Medium light pastel pink with great transparency, oval#273

The radiating flash of this nice pink oval seems to be very far from the table due to the gems great transparency.  The gem has a medium light tone level and the pink might have just a speck of peach … 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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A shield cut with whole wheat goodness.#263

Wheat is a good word to describe a pastel, slightly brownish, yellowish, peach color because it covers such a large range of colors and sounds nutritious.  This large shield cut is certainly tasty.  It is not dichroic at all and … Continue reading

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Medium pastel pink round that can carry its weight.#262

I really like my lightly toned pastel tourmalines.  They aren’t expected from tourmaline and I love to surprise people with their beauty.  But they must be kept clean in jewelery because they can not carry the piece by their color … Continue reading

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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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Pastel baby pink, sharp oval.#256

This pink oval appears to be eye clean and could not have a better, sharper crystal like appearance.  It has a light tone level and weighs 1.34 carats. Bruce

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Another peach to pink mascaraed, sliding color, round.#252

I ran into many more blue to green sliders in the collection than I ever expected, but the variety that is really spooking me is the unstable pink/red to peach/orange.  This is another gemstone that does not agree with the … 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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Bright slightly included baby pink round Afghanistan#746

This is a nice round with a medium toned baby pink color.  It is slightly included and weighs. .68 carats.  It came from Afghanistan. Bruce

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Bright pastel baby pink round. Afghanistan.#741

This bright baby pink round is slightly included.  It came from Afghanistan and has fine crystal.  It weighs .86 carats. Bruce

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Lightly tone baby pink round from Afghanistan#739

This round is slightly included and comes from Afghanistan.  It is bright and sparkly.  The lightly tone baby pink is very nice.  It weighs .89 carats. Bruce

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Slightly included baby pink round, Afghanistan#738

Nice sharp and bright slightly included baby pink round.  It came in a lot from Afghanistan and I have cut quite a few of them.  They work well in jewelery as long as you keep them clean.  It weighs .91 … Continue reading

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lightly toned baby pink tourmaline round, Afghanistan#734

This baby pink round is slightly included.  Its light tone value makes a bright sparkly gemstone.  It is from Afghanistan and weighs 1.03 carats. Bruce

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Lightly toned baby pink, slightly included round, Afghanistan.#733

The rough for this round came from Afghanistan in a lot I purchased years ago.  It started out as part of bicolors that broke apart and I also got some very pale blue/achroite pieces in the same lot.  This slightly … Continue reading

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Lightly toned, baby pink, included round#732

This is a very nice piece of baby pink tourmaline from Afghanistan.  It is very flashy and came in a lot with many other pink and pale blue pieces of rough that use to be bicolors, but broke apart.  This … Continue reading

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Flawed, medium light, non dichroic, pastel blue green emerald cut.#449

This is a nice sized emerald cut that is not dichroic and has a medium light tone level.  It has fine crystal, but a couple of residual radial flaws spoil the stone clean flashy look.  When I see this amount … Continue reading

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Bright, medium tone, pastel blue green emerald cut.#439

This emerald cut is only slight dichroic and has a nice, evenly bright, medium pastel blue green color.  It appears to be eye clean and has fine crystal. Even with all of this going for it, the stone is fine, … 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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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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Really sharp pastel yellow oval has been claimed by the IceT group.#1183

It was a close call, but the official ruling is that this yellow is both free enough of green, to be just a pale yellow and at the same time an IceT pledge.   The stone has three rows of step … Continue reading

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Medium toned blue green dot of color#1180

This standard round brilliant is a very nice medium tone level, pastel blue green dot of color.  It appears to be eye clean and bright and weighs .20 carats. Bruce

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Blue green pastel dot of color.#1179

This standard round brilliant is a nice medium pastel dot of color.  It is quite and bright and appears to be eye clean.  It weighs .18 carats. Bruce

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Included medium toned pastel blue green oval.#1172

This is one of four ovals that I cut from a large included piece of rough.   I describe the work in another post that discusses the cutting of included rough.  I hope that you would read that for more details … Continue reading

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Included medium toned pastel blue green oval.#1171

This oval was cut along with three other ovals from a large piece of included rough.  I have gone into quite a bit of detail about their cutting in a post discussing cutting included rough.  So I would see that … Continue reading

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Lightly toned, icy blue and eye clean droplet of color.#1170

This is one cool stone of icy blue without a gray cast.  It appears to be eye clean and of fine crystal.  I think that few people would think that it is an indicolite because it not dichroic in the … Continue reading

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Long ratio oval in peach.#1156

This long ratio oval has that modern look of three rows of step cut facets on the crown.  It appears to be eye clean and have fine crystal.  Its pastel peachy color is quite pale and drifts into straw in … Continue reading

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Slightly included pastel golden orange emerald cut.#1140

This tourmaline looks a lot like a topaz I cut years ago.  The emerald cut has a nice medium light tone level with darker, but not closed ends.  It flash very nicely and is only slightly included.  And the color … Continue reading

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Peach with a pink shadow, dichroic emerald cut.#1116

This is a classic tourmaline gem.  An emerald cut with richer ends and a blend of two colors peach and pink.  I confess that I would cut emerald cuts even if the rough wasn’t ideally suited for them, at times, … Continue reading

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This pastel oval is in the pink and should be babied.#1113

This medium lightly toned baby pink oval is a nice size.  It appears to be eye clean and has fine crystal.  Now all this could indicate a gemstone from Afghanistan or Nigeria, but that can not be proven by its … Continue reading

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Flash, deeply cut round almost save from being brewed by the IceT group.#1112

It has been a while since I have discussed the IceT group, which is a far right splinter group in the color world of tourmaline.  The group’s goal is to provide support and comfort to a select group of tourmaline … Continue reading

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Deeply cut medium pastel green round.#1111

This delightful gemstone owes much of its interest to the increased depth and bright flash created by a different cut, than the standard round brilliant.  This cut consists of eight horizontally split mains for a pavilion and a modified two … Continue reading

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Deep, well saturated, pastel yellow, round.#1102

I have posted enough of the collection by now for my loyal readers to realized that yellow is a passion of mine and probably the scarcest well saturated primary color in my collection.  I am talking about yellows that have … Continue reading

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A clean baby pink wrapped in crisp flash, round#20

It is nice to see a pink that is both a baby hue and clean of inclusions.  This soft pastel sparkles, but has a limited ability to handle bright lights like all pastels.  It weighs .88 carats. Bruce

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Slightly included pink pastel round from Afghanistan.#10

This standard round brilliant is one among many rounds that I cut from a lot I bought from Afghanistan years ago.  The lot included both very pale blue and a more moderate, light pink, haves of bicolors that all broke … Continue reading

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A medium pastel green with a nice bluish smile. round#149

This stone #149 needs a picture. This really is a pleasant gemstone.  It color which is mostly green will make you pause to appreciate its bluish flavor, if you look closely.  It appears to be eye clean and have fine … 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 fine medium light toned pastel blue round.#144

Under my yellowish light this pastel blue, which stays blue, really drinks in the color and becomes a solid medium tone.  I have to realize that this gemstone will not be as intense under daylight. (I also checked the back … Continue reading

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Medium pastel blue green beauty, round.#137

This pastel is outstanding for its open medium tone and a bit of a different blue green hue.  It does slide around blue to green, but is a true blue green.  It appears to be eye clean and as flashy … Continue reading

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Light toned included pastel blue droplet of color.#111

This is one of the darker blue round from a lot I bought years ago from Afghanistan and it is still just light in tone.  It is also moderately included which does not stop the standard round brilliant from being … Continue reading

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A different peach to bless a shield cut.#199

This larger peach shield cut, with a different overtone, has a couple of spots in one corner, but the view from the table is nothing, but bright and flashing.  Still something keeps this peach cool and not really ripe 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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A cool yellow trilliant that is reserved.#159

I usually think of yellow as a bright sunny open color, but this pastel yellow is not inclined to levity.  It is not bother by a greenish cast like many of its brethren, but seems to have a darker cast … Continue reading

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This medium light, pastel yellow green, droplet of color is included.#152

This gemstone has a galaxy of tiny flashing inclusions.  It certainly effects the droplets of color’s flash.  But in a way it makes it look more like candy, that is also enhanced by the stone light tone values.  It weighs … Continue reading

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light, bright, toned down peach trilliant.#156

This pastel peach trilliant is rather toned down.  It has some minor inclusion, but they are not a factor.  Neither is the quality of crystal, so I think that color has a darker cast to it.  The stones weighs 2.04 … 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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Beautiful tricolor, pastel blue green, colorless, pink emerald cut. Afghan #80

This is a beautiful gemstone and the largest of the three examples I got threw a dealer that had direct connections with Afghanistan.  He was also a cutter, but had found them too fragile for his heavy hand.  I was … Continue reading

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A most unusual pastel yellow orange round.#73

It is hard to tell exactly what is going on in this unique gemstone.  It is a standard round brilliant that from the back appears not to be zoned.  Therefor the flashes of pastel orange and pastel yellow must be … Continue reading

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Pastel green pink bicolor from Brazilian “salad”. #59

I read somewhere that Brazil, the homeland of tourmaline for many years was not producing much quality material anymore.  But it was producing what they cal “salad” which are native cut gemstones in mostly included tourmaline.  Sometimes it is just … Continue reading

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Nice to come home to a solid pastel yellow droplet of color. #52

A rather gentle yellow pastel, that is a little headlight in brightness.  It appears to be eye clean and the type of yellow material, without green, that I am always looking for.  The standard round brilliant was carefully weighed and … Continue reading

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Deep, completely cut, open medium pastel blue green emerald cut.#376

This is a great gemstone.  I cut it with the full complement of 3 steps of facets on the crown and 4 steps of facets on the pavilion.  This, along with a medium toned blue green color, that flashes from … Continue reading

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Medium pastel green with a flaw threw the heart, emerald cut.#366

I should probably replace this smaller emerald cut with another stone.  It medium tone  green with touches of blue is OK, but it obviously cracked while cutting and I can see areas of white from too far away.  It weighs … Continue reading

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Afghanistan produces a nice pastel green droplet of color.#363

Bright and light are the passwords for this medium light tone, green droplet of color. It has a very slight flaw at the girdle, that makes no difference in the beauty of the gemstone.  It weighs .90 carats, which is … Continue reading

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On the edge of tiny, medium light pastel emerald cut.#359

This has to be one of the smallest emerald cuts I have made.  Its medium light blue color is a fine pastel and its open ends give life to the stone.  It weighs .37 carats and will probably will not … Continue reading

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Light pastel non-copper purple, droplet of color.#648

  A standard round brilliant, non copper, less tone level than the following cuprian purple, but very similar hue (color).  It weighs 1.01 carats. A standard round brilliant, cuprian, a bit darker than the non copper above, but with a … Continue reading

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A shifty blue that has a green streek depending on the light, droplet of light.

This medium toned blue shifts to more green than expected under the yellowish light.  But boy does it love incandescent light.   So we will call it a blue green pastel, droplet of color, with visions of greatness, because it drinks … 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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Highly transparent pastel blue droplet of color.#601

This standard round brilliant has a medium light tone level  and a very open non-dichroic face.  It could be considered a baby blue and is eye clean, bright and flashy.  It weighs .76 carats and is certainly a droplet of … Continue reading

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Small round with a creamy heart of peach, dot of color

This  standard round brilliant has a really nice tone level of peach for such a small stone.  It is not brownish or dichroic at all.  It weighs .37 carats and is a dot of color. Bruce

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Small baby blue oval#782

This small oval has a medium light pastel blue color.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  The color is even and completely open because the stone does not display any dichroism.   This flashy gemstone weighs … Continue reading

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Slightly include, pale, pastel green IceT, groupie#769

This pale green round just missed being a droplet of color.  It is slightly included and really wished that it was larger so that its tone level would be more appropriate for such a small standard round brilliant.  It weighs … Continue reading

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Pink peach punch in a dot.#756

This small standard round brilliant was cut while I was experimenting in cutting small rounds.  I put it in the collection to keep it safe.  It is a nice peach pink of light tone and bright disposition.  It weighs .24 … Continue reading

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Slightly included peach droplet of color.#754

This smaller standard round brilliant has a nice medium tone and a clean peach look.  It slightly included, but still very bright with no signs of brown.  It weighs .55 carats and joins the droplet of color. Bruce

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Medium light pastel peach round#751

This standard round brilliant has all the good properties that a peach should have.  It has a nice medium light pastel tone level.  It is not bother by browns or any other overtone.  It is easily eye clean and weighs … 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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Just rolling in peaches, emerald cut.#537

This emerald cut has a nice medium tone level without dichroism.  It is completely eye clean and with excellent crystal.  It is a peach pastel like a peach pastel should be.  It weighs 4.10 carats. Bruce

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So many varieties of peaches, round.#522

I can see that the person who put this collection together is drawn toward peach to orange tourmaline.  The posted round is faintly included and with its medium pastel peach color you would notice any inclusions.  It is a bright … Continue reading

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A great medium toned green droplet of color.#520

This standard round brilliant is slightly included, but still bright and flashy.  It has a great medium tone level that reminds me of sea foam.  I would call it sea foam, except that I like to leave sea foam for … Continue reading

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Slightly graded color in a slightly included, dichroic, peach emerald cut.#517

The title of this post says a lot.  With all of it, the bottom line is, it is a pity that I don’t have more peaches like this one.  The darker c axis ends are redder than the middle.  The … Continue reading

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Slightly dichroic peach emerald cut#507

This cute smaller emerald cut looks a lot like a topaz I cut years ago.  It has darker peach ends and a moderately lightly toned center of pastel peach.  It is eye clean with excellent crystal for a peachy deal.  … Continue reading

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Non dichroic, lightly toned shield cut.#505

If you want to spend the time and effort on a shield cut, this is a stone like you would want to cut.  It has all the right gemological properties in a mild bright pastel blue.  It refuses to gray … Continue reading

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Eye clean sharp baby pink round from Afghanistan#747

This standard round brilliant is slightly included and has a nice baby pink color.  It came in a lot from Afghanistan years ago.  It weighs .64 carats. Bruce

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Eye clean, baby pink round from Afghanistan#745

This standard round brilliant is a nice eye clean baby pink.  It came in a lot years ago from Afghanistan.  It is a shape little stone that is bright and flashy just like all pastels are from Afghanistan.  It weighs … Continue reading

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Very lightly included baby pink from Afghanistan, round#744

This pale pink standard round brilliant is very slightly included.  It came in a lot from Afghanistan years ago.  It weighs .79 carats. Bruce

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Included round with pleasant baby blue color.#731

This baby blue standard round brilliant is moderately included. the inclusions definitely affect the flash and transparency of the gemstone.  It is from Afghanistan and weighs .47 carats. Bruce

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A light pastel blue green droplet of color.#730

Another shade of the complete continuum in tourmaline color from green to blue.  It is a light pastel with the  brightness and flash that you would expect in an eye clean stone.  It weighs .76 carats and joins the raising … Continue reading

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Here is the yellow green Peridot color you have been looking for round.#719

These standard round brilliants are so bright when they are cut from a medium pastel piece of rough, with a great color, like this one.  This stone acts like a headlight in my secret place besides a twisted florescent light … Continue reading

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A round that inherited a yellow rust color from the rough, but is peach.#708

This standard round brilliant has mixed up the colors of rust and yellow that could be seen in the rough into peach.  It is a great property of rounds to flash away zoning, at least from face up.  If you … Continue reading

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Medium light pastel pink, round, Afghanistan#704

This is a nice bright flashy standard round brilliant.  Its medium light toned, pink color is so clean.  It appears to be eye clean and is one of the better rounds that I have cut from a lot I got … Continue reading

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Included medium light pastel pink, round, Afghanistan#701

This is a bright flashy standard round brilliant that is a nice medium light pastel pink color from Afghanistan.  I have cut a number of them from a lot I purchase years ago.  All of them are included, but they … Continue reading

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A peachy pink slightly included oval#287

This modest gemstone has a medium light tone level that does not hide the stones slightly included nature.  It color is a nice pastel that floats around in a pink to peach to golden cloud.  It weighs 2.01 carats. Bruce

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A well ripened wheat shield cut.#263

This beautiful shield cut could be considered a pale peach in some light sources, but I think I see enough brown to  call it wheat.  The wash of brown does not darken the stone very much and you can see … Continue reading

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Included pale peaches and cream oval

This slightly included oval appears eye clean face up.  The gemstone appears to be dichroic with light peach in the middle of the stone and a cream in the ends.  I am sure that you can come with other names … Continue reading

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Cuprian, nice pastel yellow standard round brilliant.

This bright medium toned yellow does not have copper in its composition. This bright medium toned yellow has copper in its composition (detected with spectrometer)   This medium light pastel has exactly the same color as #322 and yet my … Continue reading

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Very nice pastel yellow oval

This pastel yellow appears to be eye clean.  Its tone level is medium light and does not appear to have a greenish or brownish overtone.  With a fine crystal, a great polish and cut, the stone has to be a … Continue reading

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Slightly included pastel peach emerald cut

This pastel peach emerald cut has a full set of facets with four steps on the pavilion and three steps on the crown.  This helps enhance the amount of scintillation an emerald cut can produce and potentially makes the gemstone … Continue reading

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Smaller, on the pink side of peach, emerald cut.

This emerald cut has a fun and fruity color.  It is not noticeable dichroic, but I can see both pink and orange in the medium toned stone.  The ends are bright and flashy and I always fall for stones that … Continue reading

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Included, Bright, Crisp, Pastel Yellow touch of Brown, emerald cut.

If cream was transparent, then it would better fit the color of this emerald cut.  So imagine a pastel yellow that is uniform threw out the gemstone and has a transparent creamy touch to it.  I don’t think the touch … 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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Larger pastel yellow shield cut

This larger pastel yellow shield cut is a milestone in the quest for yellow in tourmaline.  And the yellow I speak of must be saturated and without even a touch of  green or desaturation problems with brown,  This beautifully clean … Continue reading

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The IceTs have been waiting for this pale bi-color emerald cut.

This long ratio emerald cut has a very soft pastel tone level.  Yet you can still see the difference between the one half of the gem that is pink while the other half is cream.  It is eye clean and … Continue reading

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All who love orange, a medium pastel oval is born.

Orange in tourmaline does not get a lot of respect.  Most of it has dark modifiers that can brown out a very good orange under less than ideal conditions.  At times experts have even questioned the existence of orange that … Continue reading

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Slightly included pastel pink round

The best way to find an inclusion is to turn the stone over and look at it threw its pavilion.  That way your eye doesn’t get distracted by the flash.  In this stone the inclusion is very minor and I … Continue reading

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Medium pink troopers and the building of a collection, oval.

A bright, eye clean, find crystal, in a medium toned, pink, oval.  Does that sound familiar, well it is available when other colors are not.  And I need to keep cutting and they are relatively affordable.  And if you hadn’t … Continue reading

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Peachy Pink Pride in a smaller Oval

Peachy pink or pinky peach is all in the lighting.  This oval has a crisp clean look because it does not appear to be dichroic.  It also appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  Its tone level is … Continue reading

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It is a pitty that this classic peach tourmaline oval is not bigger.

I like peaches and this pastel approximation of their color looks delicious.  It is dichroic and both of the peaches blend well in their creamy world.  The longer ratio oval appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It … Continue reading

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Dichroic peaches and cream oval

This rather round oval is obviously dichroic.  Both colors are shades of peach with the darker peach being in the ends of the oval.  Now I use peach as a color name for pastel orange of moderate to low levels … Continue reading

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Nice eye clean pastel pink oval

Pink seems to work well with ovals and most pink rough that is available can be efficiently cut as either a round or an oval.  So everything is in the pink most of the time.  Still inclusions can be a … Continue reading

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An after dinner, pastel green mint of an oval.

This light green oval has that light pastel look that we associate with babies.  It appears to be eye clean and with decent crystal.  It does not appear to be dichroic and the ends of the oval flash very nicely.  … Continue reading

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Good sized, medium pastel, pink, oval.

This pink oval has a two step crown that has won praise from my board of directors.  I am using it more often because it gives me very good control over the thickness of the crown.  Its only drawback is … Continue reading

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A cold yellow, pastel, round

Now I don’t know if it is really possible to be yellow and a cold color at the same time,  but that is how she leaves me.  I think I spotted her weakness, she has a gray side.  This is … Continue reading

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Bright, eye clean pastel blue, droplet of color

This standard round brilliant is a pastel blue with it all.  It is a droplet of color that soaks up the diffused lighting of a fading day with great effect.   The effect is an intensifying of the color that is … Continue reading

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Baby blue with a sparkling inclusion, droplet of color.

This light blue would be great for a baby and comes dressed on a standard round brilliant.  The gemstone is bright and flashy, but has eye visible inclusions under the table.  It has been nominated for both the IceT group … Continue reading

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A dichroic orange of pastel and bright tones. droplet

This standard round brilliant has a rare saturation in orange that is not dimmed by desaturation to brown under different white lights.  It is dichroic, but both colors , one a pastel and the other a bright orange, mix to … Continue reading

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Light blue droplet of color

This standard round brilliant is crisp and has a refreshing light pastel blue color.  It appears to be eye clean and is welcome addition to the droplets of color.  It weighs .76 carats. Bruce  

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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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A fine pastel dichroic green with a few precks deep in the round.

This dichroic pastel green is dominated by the interplay of a clean blue green and a richer yellow green which is probably the c axis color.  It has a few deep inclusions that are difficult to see.  It has a … Continue reading

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A Nice Sized Shield Cut on the Yellow Side

I am going to put this shield cut as yellow, a medium pastel yellow, but I am sure that green can creep in on this one under some white light conditions.  Still it is a much rare color than your … Continue reading

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Pale Include Blue that Glows Shield Cut.

The crystal quality of the smaller shield cut is not good and it has a wide assortment of fine inclusions.  Still I am pleased to have it in the collection because it appears to a diffuse glow.   It doesn’t … Continue reading

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A nice sized mostly yellow with a wash of green round.

You probably have seen and will see more of this color, that rides the edge of the yellow green line, because they are not in great demand and I scoop them up.  They always polish easily and make very bright … Continue reading

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Deeply Cut Yellow Copper Round

I love all the different looks the orange can give to tourmaline.  This medium lightly toned round with a split horizontal main cut pavilion is a fine example of tourmaline beauty in orange.  I left the yellow copper color description … Continue reading

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Included Afghan pink that has been nominated for the droplets.

This standard round brilliant gemstones is one among many that I have cut from lot I bought from Afghanistan.  The lightly toned pink is nice, but all of them are included.  The posted round is probably one of the best … Continue reading

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A yellow that dances around with a bit of green, oval.

I am seeing yellow in natural light and my yellowish light, but I know this is the type of tourmaline that will make a debate out of whether it is a slight greening yellow or a yellow.  I would probably … Continue reading

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Included Pastel Afghan Pink with Punch, Barion Cushion.

This is one of the best stones from a lot that I got from Afghanistan.  The lot was a disappointment because the rough was almost all included and the color, though bright, did not have a very high tone level.  … Continue reading

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Included Pastel Lilac from Copper Oval

Looking at this delicate lilac oval whose color is a blessing from copper and comparing it to the exact same material in an oval half it size points up somethings about pastels.  While darkly toned material can get too opaque … Continue reading

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An Included Little Violet Cuprian Oval

The story of copper and tourmaline is fascinating to me.   Research indicated that copper acted as a chromophore (coloring agent) in tourmaline predated the discovery of commercial copper bearing tourmaline in Paraiba Brazil by many years.  But it certainly was … Continue reading

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Nice Bright Patel Green Round with Incusions

This round standard brilliant has a variety of inclusion that hardly slow it down.  It leaps at the sun even with its pastel nature.  It could and should be in the droplets and so it is.  This medium toned green … Continue reading

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Included pale blue oval

Not all semi-facet rough is created equal.   Some semi-facet has larger, but relatively few significant feathers that need to be oriented, as much as  possible, perpendicular to the table and other semi-facet material has a diffused web of small inclusion … Continue reading

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Green with a blue side, pastel oval

This paler shade of green definitely is on the blue side.  It is not noticeably dichroic and the medium light tone level is refreshing.  It weighs1.15 carats.  It is eye clean and you can easily see inclusion in pastel gemstone … Continue reading

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Cuprian Green Bright Round

This bright minty standard round brilliant has been found to contain copper.  It is clean and eye clean.  It tone level is a moderate light pastel and I would not call it a “neon” gemstone.  I picked up the copper … Continue reading

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Medium dark pastel blue green oval.#209

This stone is not very dichroic.  Its darker pastel blue green color has a touch of gray in it.  It weighs 1.28 carats.  It appears to be eye clean. Bruce

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The full 9 yards with a pale pink round#1098

This pale pink round gemstone’s cut is like an attempt to put the ball between the uprights from the fifty yard line.  I know both were long shots, but I had to try. Both the crown and pavilion are cut … Continue reading

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A clean cool after dinner mint droplet.#1093

  You have just had a colorful meal and you only need a touch of cool clean color to finish it properly.  Well this eye lean droplet is for you.  It is a nice medium pastel green with a touch … Continue reading

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When does a pastel orange become a peach, round.#1085

  It is a pity that this stone can speak.  Pastels are so shy that they have difficulty showing their true colors, so I have to wobble around.  I like pastel orange for this standard round brilliant, but most people … Continue reading

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A Gemstone of Tea Please#1074

A color addict let loose in the abundant fields of tourmaline color should only be searching for well saturated, medium toned gems with great hues, right?  That ain’t necessarily so!  My passion goes beyond the obvious color champions in tourmaline … Continue reading

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Orange Oval that is sure it is a tourmaline.#1059

    All this orange tourmaline ever wanted to be was orange.  It doesn’t go for brown outs and would never shift its gears and become a red.  It is mildly dichroic at most.  The icing on the cake is … Continue reading

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A straight beige that could have been wheat round

This beige is almost without tricks.  He is pure and without dichroism.   He flashes abundantly under even low light conditions.  He has excellent crystal and weighs 5.84 carats.  But he was give a different path than most rounds, by having … Continue reading

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Dynamic Blue Shield Cut#1026

I can see why I have cut a number of shield cuts from this  tone level  of blue.  It makes a beautiful pastel shield cut because the blue is not dichroic.  Now I think dichroicism in tourmaline can be great, … Continue reading

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Celery juice in a tourmaline emerald cut.#1018

  Celery juice was squeezed out of me when I saw this tourmaline.  Now I know it is a tourmaline,  but this is a jester moment.  I would definitely think that this was a beryl if I didn’t know better.  … Continue reading

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Big pink with c axis in ends emerald cut.#1014

  The emerald cut is dominated by the dichroic a/b axis.  This color is a very pale pink that shows a touch of cream.  The preferred color is the darker pink c axis, with a better saturation, but it was … Continue reading

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Golden cream with pink high lights, round.#1000

  I hope that I have this color in the droplets because it deserves to be there.  Creams are much less common than pinks and I go after them. This pastel is complex for a pale face, some of which … Continue reading

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A large blue shield of honor and honesty#996

  This shield cut can not help, but come clean.  It has nothing to hide except for maybe a drift toward green in artificial light.  Still it is a natural pastel blue, but not a baby blue.  It probably has … Continue reading

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A cream round with a touch of strawberry juice#970

  Cream is not a strong color and it is not that common in tourmaline.  Especially when you compare it with pink.  So, of course, I have actively sought out cream, while the pinks keep rolling in.  I just looked … Continue reading

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Peach shield cut with a brownish cast.#964

  I don’t really know how a peach can be austere, but this shield cut is.  It has a nice medium light pastel color in decent sunlight that doesn’t blow it away with glare, but it soon desaturates into brown … Continue reading

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Ring size Yellow Green with great crystal.#963

  Now yellow green in tourmaline is not greatly prized.  In higher tone values it is probably one of the more common colors with tourmaline.  It might even rate right in there with medium light pinks for being everyday material.  … Continue reading

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Very Pale, but Peachy oval#960

  This very pale pastel is very clean and bright and has a color that is just a hint of something.  I am sure that some people would say the color drifts into pink, but it is not a pure … Continue reading

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Pale Pastel Orange Round

  This standard round brilliant is a good size at 5.05 carats.  It has an eye clean body and probably came from Nigeria.  I love Nigerian pastel tourmaline, especially pink, because the material is about the easiest one to polish … Continue reading

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baby blue and baby pink bi-color from Afghanistan#946

  When I received this semi- preformed piece of rough in the mail,  with other bi-colors from Afghanistan, I thought it was too go to be true.  It also had a decent price.   Now this rarely happens and it makes … Continue reading

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Stately emerald cut of defusing pink.#938

  When the rough for this beautiful tourmaline came in, it left no doubt about what kind of gemstone needed to be cut.  The whole gemstone is pink, but its tone grades from medium dark to a paler pastel as … Continue reading

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Large oval of the earth (color)#937

  This very nice, eye clean, larger oval with great crystal is in search of a name.  Older tourmaline lovers, that have been around a crystal/gem or two would call it dravite.   This is because dravite is a trade name … Continue reading

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Average green droplet of color#916

  Every collection has its peaks and valleys and in the quest for color my collection is no different.  Still I take pride in thinking that even an average small standard round brilliant like  this .40 carat green pastel got … Continue reading

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Afghan pink/blue pastels a broken embrace

    For a while I was able to deal with a source of tourmaline rough that had a direct connection for Afghanistan material.  I not only bought individual stones, as I usually do, but also a few lots.  The … 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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