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The history of a purple/blue piece of rough and speculations.

What I will be posting today is just the beginning of an interesting tale of fail opportunities and hoped for successes.  To set the stage for this notable piece of rough, I have to give a brief run down of … Continue reading

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A dynamic tidal basin of color, yellow, orange, brown, purple, pink round

It is nice to finish a smaller standard round brilliant of 1.75 carats without having anything to pull my hair out for.  The stone is probably rich in manganese of different valence states and high manganese can lead to a … Continue reading

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Prized Plume almost did not get baked in my pudding, purple red oval.#293

A large water worn pebble was offered for sale and was not getting any takers.  It has a reddish color with an overtone of purple, but its tone level was dark.  Now I don’t have any of my stone treated … 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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Significantly included, Laurellite, cuprian, round, Mozambique#947

This standard round brilliant has a nice purple color in daylight, but its flash is significantly lessened by it feathers.  I say daylight with the purple, because it is a Laurellite.  Laurellite is a name I gave to a new … Continue reading

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Included, Oval, Laurellite, Cuprian, Elbaite from Mozambique.#945

This oval was actually the first Laurellite that I cut.  It is not as colorful as her sister #944, since her color change goes from purple to more of a grayed blue, but she set me up to take action … 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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After the ball was over. Large, blue purple, cuprian, Laurellite oval#943

Prior to the discovery of copper bearing tourmaline in Mozambique I had a ball.  I was seeing blues, purples, and greens like never before, at prices that I could afford.  I also had a good connection to Afghanistan and their … Continue reading

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Included purple oval with blue areas, Mozambique, cuprian#1192

This oval is pretty heavily included and the inclusions do effect its crystal quality and flash.  Still it has the rare color purple and the added interest that it has blue areas in the gemstone.   This stone pushes the cleanliness … Continue reading

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Really a tourmaline? Purple green bicolor, round.#1168

First of all, cutting a round out of a bicolor is not the “normal” way of bring the best out it.  But the rough was unbalanced and so stubby that to cut an emerald cut would not show the colors … Continue reading

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Included and flawed, but still a laurellite, cuprian, Mozambique#1164

The list of problems in the title makes this stone sound worse than it looks.  The flaws are not under the table and the inclusion/poor crystal is not bad enough to stop the standard round brilliant from flashing.  So this … Continue reading

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Medium toned purple with a bit more pink round cuprian.#43

The rough, for this  standard round brilliant, was probably heated to lighten its original dark reddish purple color.  The heating gradually reduces the reddish component in the color.  This medium toned, lavender pink round is eye clean and with fine … Continue reading

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A medium tone purple with pink passion, round, cuprian#42

This standard round brilliant was probably heated to lighten its original, dark reddish purple, color.    The dark reddish purple tourmaline was the only really clean material, originally found at Mavuco, Mozambique.  This excellent example of purple tourmaline with a … Continue reading

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Medium toned, lightly included lavender droplet of color, cuprian #11

I love lavender tourmaline and can turn a very deaf eye to their inclusions.  But with this standard round brilliant I don’t have to.   It has some fine scatter, a but it is pretty transparent and flashy.  The color has … Continue reading

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Eye clean with good crystal, lavender droplet of color, cuprian#1

I usually don’t advertise the gemstones cleanliness in its title, but with cuprian tourmaline it is a question with every stone, no matter how small.  I am sure that I purchased the rough and finished the standard round brilliant before … Continue reading

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Walking the stone, a rite of passage. A Laurellite moment of a lifetime.

I purchase most of my tourmaline rough off of the inter net and the color rendition of the rough is not the best to say the least.  When I get the rough, I may have emotions about its color and … Continue reading

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Include sleep time purple with an attraction to me, oval#130

My principal dealer out of Africa still manages to pick up a few cuprian tourmaline pieces of rough (2013) and I keep spending too much for too little because of my purple addition.  I bought the rough for this gemstone … 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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Copper plus manganese equals a well saturated purple, round#641

No one should get too blase about well saturated purples in tourmaline.  It is rare and always will be rare because the saturation, if not the actual color, is dependent on both copper and manganese chromophores.  Manganese is pretty common … Continue reading

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Included pinker shade of cuprian tourmaline, Mozambique#631

This pink definitely has the glow of copper’s purple and it has been confirmed with my spectrometer.  It is included, but the medium light, well saturated, standard round brilliant is still bright and flashy because most of the area corrupted … Continue reading

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Cuprian, Purple droplet of color from Mozambique (included)#630

A very nice rare color in tourmaline, I call purple, needs copper to being it to the level of saturation that I see in this standard round brilliant.  The inclusions, which frankly are expected, can not draw me away from … Continue reading

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Clean, Bright, Cuprian, Purple Punch, droplet of color.#619

I think that I have posted about how forgiving I am with purple tourmaline that are cuprian.  Well this standard round brilliant just shrugs the concern off with a great eye clean body and a sparkling bright purple personality.  A … Continue reading

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Grayed Purple Droplet of Color without Copper#611

The vast majority of purplish tourmalines do not have copper as a chromophore, but I remember the cuprians the most because they are saturated. (and expensive)  This droplet of color has a nice medium toned lavender color, but the grays … Continue reading

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Included pink with a speck of purple, dot of color.#603

It is amazing  to me how much being “in” can matter when it comes to price.  I truly love cuprian tourmaline, but only stones with higher quality colors should warrant a big differential in price. (in my opinion)  When I … Continue reading

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Snappy, sassy, cuprian, pinkish purple, but still lightly included oval#549

When it comes to cuprian tourmaline with a great pinkish purple color, I am very forgiving with cleanliness, but in this case I don’t really have to be.  It has a moderate tone level, which is beautifully complemented by just … Continue reading

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Purple brown in a dark package, oval#546

This gemstone is an example of how you have to buy in the world of tourmaline rough to quest for color.  I consider tourmaline to be a world of color possibilities. Opportunities appear which demand action because if you miss … Continue reading

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A purple without copper, oval#533

This purple without copper does not have a good saturation level, but it is a purple and therefor rare in the collection.  The stone is included, but its medium dark tone level tends to obscure the inclusions. (I just spotted … Continue reading

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A heavily included experiment in the round.#510

The standard round brilliant that is heavily included was just an experiment.  I had purchased some Brazilian “salad”(low grade faceted gemstones) to try and see if I could get something different.(I did get a couple of grayed purples that are … Continue reading

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Decent lavender without copper emerald cut.#715

This emerald cut will not win any prizes for cleanliness or excessive brightness since its crystal is below average, but its color assure it a place in the collection.  This is one of my better non-cuprian purples and it is … 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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Copper and Purple hand in hand, round#281

I usually put included before everything else when it is a definite factor in the gemstone, but with cuprian purple it is a different ball game.  Purple ,like this stone has, requires copper if it comes from Mozambique, I think.  … Continue reading

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Slightly included, gorgeous, lavender round, that is cuprian.#271

I don’t believe that this saturated (purity of color) a purple exists in tourmaline without  a copper component in its chemistry.  (I think it maybe possible with iron and manganese and I haven’t seen it all, so who knows for … Continue reading

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Strongly dichroic purple (Blackberry Bliss) Barion Cushion Cut

After awhile the dealers I dealt with out of Africa realized that I was a buyer of something different in tourmaline.  If they could just come up with  a good attempt at “different color” it didn’t have to be commercial … 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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Violet droplet sighted on the starbord side, captain.

It has been a long journey for this smaller and included gemstone to reach safe harbor in a plastic box in my collection.  In a distant land, awash in gemstones, the secret of its color was undiscovered.  Then some natives … Continue reading

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A purple that wants to be lavender without copper, emerald cut

  Well it is time to let you see the difference or not between two similar colors.  One is the classic lavender of copper in tourmaline from Mozambique.  It is the first image and is a round.  The second is … Continue reading

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A lighter lavender with a selection of moderately light inclusions, round

Lavender, in the words of a poet, is copper’s sweet song of seduction in tourmaline.  It seduces me into accepting flaw material that would be questionable in other colors of tourmaline.  And when I am reward with an included gemstone, … Continue reading

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Happily it is pink purple time again at the cuprian bar, oval

This example of a color that is owned by the cuprian bar is only slightly included.  That makes it the toast of the town and puts many other pink purples from Mozambique to shame.  Still she doesn’t have the best … Continue reading

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A different purple without copper round

This standard round brilliant has a color of tourmaline that is difficult to categorized.  It is some shade of purple that is a mixture of pink, purple and gray.’  It bears little resemblance to the copper, red purples, that have … Continue reading

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Lavender purple without copper droplet

This standard round brilliant is a welcome guest because it is pastel purple without copper content.  One of the complexities of color in tourmaline is the production of similar if not exactly the same color by different chromophores.  In this … Continue reading

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Included purple cuprian round from Mozambique

Sometimes I think that movie critics are not the people that should judge which pictures people should like.  They have seen so many films that they can not judge the individual movie without considering how it works within the world … Continue reading

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A shade of pink purple owned by copper, droplet of color

Color in tourmaline is truly a wonderful trip, but you have to be careful about coming to conclusions about its chemistry based on color alone.  Two areas of major confusion are the coloring of Dravite the species with either chrome … Continue reading

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There are bound to be inclusions with purple, cuprian, droplets of color

I have one museum stone that is eye clean and the purple of a life time.  I also have clean paler purple tourmalines that probably were partial heat treated from large, dark toned, reddish pebbles, that were found very early … Continue reading

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great color, purple, I know this is cuprian, droplet of color.

I don’t need a spectrometer to know that this standard round brilliant is cuprian, though I did check it out.  It is written in the purple color of its being.  I could use a fancier name for purple, but I … Continue reading

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Stormy purple droplet of color.

c The rough for this standard round droplet of color came from Madagascar.  It is a rather peculiar grayed purple that I have more examples of.  I get the feeling of a cold austere soul that will join the droplets … 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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Purple, Included, Purple tourmaline oval

The title is not a mistake made by my terrible typing.  When I see a purple tourmaline that is rich and with good saturation, I know that I probably have a copper bearing gemstone and a rare color to boot.  … Continue reading

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A bit of my life and the start of a great adventure.

  The following tourmaline tale of sad and glad was written in April 2002 and though the set up is fictional, the stone discussed (posted above) and the events in the tale are real.  It turned out to be a … Continue reading

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A Dark Plot Leads to a Red Purple Round Again.#1100

  The sun is up and bright so this droplet of color can spread a brighter flash and announce its red purple color.  I don’t consider red purples with their dark tones, Rubellites and they consistently have a lack of … Continue reading

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Darker red purple trilliant cut.#1091

  I don’t use the trilliant cut very much because I prefer shield cuts for triangular shaped rough.  But this red purple, which is not a rubellite in my book, has such a high tone level that I needed as … Continue reading

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A Purple without Copper Oval#1067

  This gemstone has a place in the collection not because of its great beauty, but it is attractive, or size, though it is a decent size, or clarity, though it is has good crystal or …  It is here … Continue reading

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A moderately included dark tone level plume, round#1049

  This plume, rich red purple, colored gemstone has a richer tone level than the average in the collection.  This tends to be the case for most of the red purples and they are more a sultry stone than a … Continue reading

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Red/Blue makes Mauve droplet of color#1004

  This is a peculiar droplet of color from Nigeria.  I have red/blue on the back of the box and I know that they were the colors in the rough.  I must have seen them when I wrote the sticker, … Continue reading

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The long and winding road of testing “Laurellite”

Laurellite is a name that  I have given to a new variety of  copper bearing Elbaite tourmaline from Mozambique, that demonstrates a Reverse Alexandrite Color Change from purple in natural light to blue to blue green in incandescent light.  I … Continue reading

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I Am Not A Heater and the first “Laurellites”

April 10th 2009 I keep reading literature on heating cuprian Elbaite with a growing sadness. I am reading about the demise, that I knew was taking place, of a new variety of Elbaite that is little recognize, appreciated or conserved. … Continue reading

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Achroite with a secret#966

There is always a danger in seeing what you want or expect to see in a pale colored stone with tourmaline.  Many to most tourmalines have two colors (a/b and c axis) and those colors can be quite sensitive to … Continue reading

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Purple Oval of Copper Bearing Beauty#959

  I love this stone, I love purple in tourmaline, I love copper bearing tourmaline and I love getting a nice stone for a decent price. I consider this medium shade of purple to be only found in copper containing … Continue reading

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Pink Purple Emerald cut nice tone#949

  This good sized ring stone at 3.68 carats is a fine bright, but sultry pink purple.  I see a couple of flecks deep in the stone by eye, but they are not detracting and the stone has a very … Continue reading

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Laurellite and a gray day in Mars.

My best Laurellite under florescent light. (5.69 carats) Small oval Laurellite under florescent light. (5.39 carats) Large oval Laurellite under florescent light. (27.13 carats)   I have a tray of stones home because I am writing posts about them.  This … Continue reading

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Moderately included Laurellite round#947

This round is more included than I like and is part of the collection because it is a color changer and a rare color,  I call it Laurellite. (see other post for more of the story of Laurellite.  It is … Continue reading

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Big Oval Blue Purple that did not get away.#943

  Buying tourmaline rough over the inter net or even in person can be an adventure.   This large oval, at 27.13, carats is one of the larger gemstones in the collection.  It was cut from a piece of rough that … Continue reading

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Oval Pink with a wisper of Purple#934

  I am looking at this oval gem under morning light and seeing a pink that has some cast to its hue, but I can’t put my finger on it.  I look at the its box and I have written … Continue reading

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A purple to blue called “Laurellite” by me.#926

  This smaller emerald cut is not pure and has somewhat muted colors, but is very exciting to me.  You have to work with lighting to appreciate the special place this unheated cuprian tourmaline from Mozambique holds in the world … Continue reading

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Tourmaline tale, Birth of a beauty

The following tale was written years ago, when I tried to share the excitement of buying and cutting tourmaline with a friend.  I would like to share one of them with you now.   A TOURMALINE TALE OF SAD AND … Continue reading

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A Quick Rainbow with Droplets of Color

I was sitting at the computer and thinking about how to show off tourmaline in a simple post.  I decided to grab a rainbow of droplets of color.  I call small rounds that have no real claim to fame except … Continue reading

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An cuprian oval with mixed colors and a radioactive past

  In the quest to completely fill the color wheel with tourmaline examples, the hardest range of colors is blue/purple.  When Africa began to produce lavenders to purples that could be slipping into the blue purple range I really tried … Continue reading

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passionate plume, a red purple with a different twist

Very few of my tourmalines have actual picked up a name that stays with it very long, but this is an exception. It is a large stone. over 10 carats, with a high tone level that demanded that the stone … Continue reading

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