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

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

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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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Hot red round with a flatter crown.#261

Some stones I have cut are certainly more memorable than others.  This one grabs my eye every time I look at this tray so it is easy not to forget the compromise I made in cutting it. Two thirds of … 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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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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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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Medium dark tone , a close call, but its a red, round.#38

This is the type of red/pink tourmaline where it depends on the size of the gemstone, whether it is red or pink.  A one carat size stone would certainly be a rich pink while a 10 carat size would be … Continue reading

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A red world to explore, included round.#37

It is easy to see the mission that I accepted when I started to cut this flash driven, dark red round.  Cut a standard round brilliant with the proper angles on the pavilion, but a lower crown while keeping the … Continue reading

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

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

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Surrender pinks a slight included red round steps forward.#18

Well I have drawn the line in the sand and this nice standard round brilliant red has been confirmed as a red.  Its commonly occurring flaws are light and really just make a little of the body a bit hazy.  … Continue reading

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A beautiful rich red/pink in a Barion cushion crowned with a two step.#187

This is a beautiful gemstone.  It is a great sultry red/pink that is uplifted with a Barion Cut that has a two step, emerald cut like, crown.  It appears to be eye clean and without noticeable dichroism.  So even though … Continue reading

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A bit of a roasted red, that doesn’t mind being browned all around, round. #89

I once read sometime ago that in Thailand they will not show you a ruby before 10 AM in the morning.  Now why would such a dynamic and sales oriented people limit their hours?  Because the morning light tends to … Continue reading

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When red is not enough, brown red round. #74

This is the “red” that goes brown. (maybe call it red) This is the “red” that goes orange (maybe call it color changer) This is the “red” that is stable. (maybe call it Rubellite) Metamerism is when two color samples, … Continue reading

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Red as Rubellite should be, droplet of color#614

I was reading that Rubellite should be dropped from being a trade name for red tourmaline because it is deceptive.  This despite the fact that Rubellite is an old established name under which millions of tourmaline have been sold.  The … Continue reading

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Make way for a little red round that shouts Rubellite.#504

It is my opinion that Rubellite (varietal name for red tourmaline) should be used with the reddest most intense color that tourmaline is capable of producing.  Not pinks or reds that desaturate to brownish off color gemstones.  Smaller gemstone usually … Continue reading

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cherry red and ripe with beauty, round#720

Some stones you remember cutting for a long time, even if the details fade.  This standard round brilliant came forth from a flaw piece of rough.  I had to fight for every fraction of a carat and I just made … Continue reading

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A big red star for the collection, oval#292

My principle dealer in Africa has gotten to know my weaknesses.  And really red tourmaline is one of them.  I was rather frustrated that I had not been able to be in on the scene when the big find of … Continue reading

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The vote is in and a Rubellite (red) declared, oval.#285

I love Rubellites and I am demanding in declaring was is a good enough red to be called a Rubellite. Nothing with a brown problem or a significant degree of purple under normal daylight conditions should be called a Rubellite … Continue reading

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This is a Rubellite, top quality red color, round#261

Some tourmalines are memorable even when they are not large.  This standard round brilliant is a Rubellite and I really only like to use that old trade name for high quality red tourmaline.  The red tourmaline should not desaturate into … Continue reading

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Important red, eye clean, cushion

When I retired, I put my money into tourmaline rather than the stock market or the bank.  The rough for this 21.4 carat, red, Barion cushion with a three step crown was purchased with some of that retirement money.  It … Continue reading

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Darker toned purple red oval

Looking over this darker toned purplish red oval produces a feeling of restrained power.   It appears to be eye clean and this gemstone is not hazy, but it has too high a tone value to be really flashy.  I  … Continue reading

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Another red that really is more of a rich pink droplet.

This is the posted round that just misses being a red. This is the winner of the big red one prize. wow This standard round brilliant is marked on the box red, but it really looks more like a rich … Continue reading

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A big red one in a small round.

This standard round brilliant is wonderful in the rays of my yellow light.  When I took it outside to be sure that it did not turn purple under the gray autumn sky, it stayed wonderfully red.  We have a winner.  … Continue reading

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A rose without a thorn round

This eye clean average rose colored standard round brilliant is a droplet of color.  It has not too dark, or too light, or has anything wrong with it and nothing outstanding either.  It weighs .88 carats. Bruce

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Real Red for a Real Droplet of Color

This is one of the anchors upon which the good ship tourmaline, manned by the droplets of color, stays on course.  Except for a few rare cases involving zoned crystals, the reds always have a darker tone value.  And sometimes … Continue reading

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Red/Pink droplet of color

When does a pink cross the line and become red?  Tourmaline shares this problem with corundum (ruby and pink sapphire) and it can be a very personal opinion,  that will be debated forever.  I think that lightning makes a big … Continue reading

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Classic Red (Rubellite) round.#1073

  If you want to sit down somewhere else and read about tourmaline, that would be great.  If you get to the section on Rubellite (red tourmaline), which may be way too brief, you will find that this standard round … Continue reading

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Dark, Mysterious and Sultry Red Purple Round#1070

  This standard round brilliant has a high level of tone that puts it on the edge of having a place in the collection.  Flash and associated color does pop up from the depths of the gemstone as it is … Continue reading

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Red with a bit of Pink Droplet#1054

  Now I have confessed that when in doubt I put red on tourmaline when others like my younger daughter, would disagree.  It is pink dad! This standard round brilliant is a nice eye clean droplet that sits on the … Continue reading

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Nigerian Red Beauty Oval#1051

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

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A 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 Round with a Purple Overtone#1047

  A purple overtone with red (rubellite) is not unusual.  Some people rate the red with a purple overtone very highly (and charge you for it) while others like the pinker reds.  This situation is mirrored, with ruby from different … Continue reading

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Nice sized red oval#1046

  When in doubt I like to call a tourmaline red rather than rich pink, so this oval is red.  Its saturation is not the best, but it is a beautiful oval.  Unfortunately there is a flaw that can be … Continue reading

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Red winner for the Droplets#1013

I have cross the line of doubt and I declare that this addition to the droplets is red.  It is bright crisp and ready to play.  This standard round brilliant comes in at a bit on the heavy side at … Continue reading

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Red/Rich Pink Oval#1006

  The debate will always go on about the line between Rubellite (Red) and rich pink tourmaline.  However you make the call this tone level of red does not usually appear as bright as some pinks.  This is one of … Continue reading

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Copper, Red, Tourmaline, A Christmas tale

Dec. 29th 2009 On the night before Christmas I was again examining my tourmaline collection with my new spectrometer in search of SOMETHING. I have gotten better with it and alone with double checking some earlier cuprian tourmaline I began … Continue reading

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Color Change/Shift in Red Tourmaline

Feb. 27th 2010 The first well known feature of some red tourmaline is that it de-saturates under incandescent light and turns brownish. This is not desirable and has cause the use of the variety name Rubellite to be only acceptable … Continue reading

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A Red/Pink oval that walks the line.#932

  I don’t think that the debate on the cut off between red and pink is as important with tourmaline as it is with corundum because of the expense that is associated with ruby verses pink sapphire, but is sill … Continue reading

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Red droplet of Color#913

  This darker red standard round brilliant appreciates a good light since its tone level is pretty high, like many reds.  I place it in with the droplets of color,  the large group of round tourmaline that is the best … Continue reading

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Long red emerald cut makes good.#910

  This emerald cut surprised me when I removed it from the dop stick and got my first look at it.  It is a good size at 5.22 carats and with a ratio that is a bit larger than I … 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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