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RIP the reported demise of a beautiful Afghan Sea Foam tourmaline

About 10 years ago I hooked up with a goldsmith that would work with me and design original setting for some of my tourmalines.   He put his time and gold into the setting and I put in my tourmaline.  We … Continue reading

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Sea Foam, the neon look, Afghanistan and Paraiba like from Mozambique

The events in the following post really happen yesterday (01/003/2014.  The point of the post has been brought up many times, but I still think it needs to be reinforced because it could cost you money. I have cut a … Continue reading

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

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

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Bright medium light sea foam oval from Afghanistan.#1194

Sea foam is another color variety that will go out of my way to try and get as much out of it as I can.  This small oval is too small to really get the full effect of the lightly … Continue reading

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A fine medium toned blue green round#127

This gemstone is pretty close to the sea foam from Afghanistan.  It has a little bit darker tone level and is not as neon in brightness.  Still this is a very nice open pastel blue/green that is bright and flashy.  … Continue reading

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

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

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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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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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Sea foam droplet of color, Afghanistan#155

This smaller droplet of color came with the bigger boys from Afghanistan.  It is just a little shaver and lacks the tone value to really show what top grade sea foam can do, but it is still very attractive.  It … Continue reading

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Bright, neon, sea foam droplet of color Afghanistan/Pakistan.#105

This standard round brilliant has the bright neon sea foam look, but is getting a little small for the best tone level.  It is eye clean and of fine crystal.  It weighs .71 carats and joins a select group of … Continue reading

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A sea foam droplet of color from Afghanistan.#102

There are only a few varieties of tourmaline that I think can approach cuprian tourmaline in brightness.  One of them is top quality sea foam from Afghanistan/Pakistan.  And how “neon” the material certainly effects it price. This standard round brilliant … Continue reading

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Medium toned sea foam from Afghanistan, droplet of color#626

This standard round brilliant was cut from the lot of high quality sea foam I obtained from Afghanistan.  It is eye clean and medium toned, but really too small to show the dynamic interplay of the blue green and yellow … Continue reading

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This is a great round of top grade Afghan sea foam.#612

Nothing come close to being wrong with this  wonderful medium sized standard round brilliant.  It is big enough to show off its top grade sea foam color with an ideal tone level.  It is eye clean and Afghan tourmaline is … Continue reading

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A moderately included bluish green, square Barion cushion.#771

On a trip to the west coast, I was able to cherry pick a large lot of sea foam tourmaline from Afghanistan.  I wanted to get something, but I could not afford much.  The rough for this square Barion cushion … Continue reading

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This bright droplet of color looks like a bit of sea foam from Afghanistan#767

When the standard round brilliant gets this small the force of sea foam is much diminished.  The Afghanistan material just does not have the tone level to descend this low.  Still the eye clean round is attractive and has found … Continue reading

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Small, but potent sea foam droplet of color.#725

This bit of a standard round brilliant was sliced off one of the high quality sea foam pieces I got from Afghanistan.  It appears to be on the bluer side of sea foam and has enough tone value to be … Continue reading

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A nice sized sea foam colored round#716

The phrase “eye candy” connotes a certain element of superficiality that this superior, sea foam, standard round brilliant doesn’t have.  But it will grab your eye as soon as you spot it and it is eye candy to me.  Most … Continue reading

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A small round of sea foam for the IceT group.

In trimming larger pieces of high quality sea foam from Afghanistan, I cut off a terminus.  This small standard round brilliant came from that terminus.  It has the heart of a champion, but not the tonal value to measure up.  … 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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Great Sea Foam from Afghanistan, round

The droplets wanted this really high quality sea foam from Afghanistan, but she is just too big.  She has a medium toned flawless beauty that can stand alone.   This standard round brilliant is cut with its table perpendicular to the … Continue reading

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A bit of scatter in the end, but a GEM sea foam emerald cut none the less.

Well, I can’t really call this great medium toned, neon, sea foam emerald cut a GEM because there is some light scatter in one end.  Still the inclusions make  very little different in the real world beauty of this gemstone … Continue reading

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A Bluer shade of Sea Foam,Barion Cut Cushion. Afghanistan

This Barion Cut Cushion from Afghanistan was not purchased as a sea foam and its color is too blue, but not by much.  It has good crystal, but it is included.  The inclusions appear to be light feathers and under … Continue reading

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Top of the Line Afghanistan Sea Foam Emerald Cut

The title of this post should be put up in neon lights, because this top grade sea foam gemstone is so bright.  It also appears to be eye clean with great crystal.  On top of all that it has a … Continue reading

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A score of ten for the flawless high quality sea foam from Afghanistan.

This Barion cushion is cut from a very high grade of sea foam tourmaline from Afghanistan.  It has the desirable neon look and the cut blends the blue green and yellow green together wonderfully.  It has great crystal and appears … Continue reading

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A beautiful top quality sea foam with a feather Barion cushion cut.

Face up this top quality sea foam looks flawless because I manage to get a slight feather just out from under the table.  As you tilt and rotate the nice sized Barion cushion cut you can see a few islands … Continue reading

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A GEM Emerald Cut of Afghan Sea Foam

Years ago I bought a National Geographic’s tape about diamonds.  I was still not focused on my destiny in stones.  Part of the tape was about cutting diamonds.  One example was  in India  and showed a boy using a platform … Continue reading

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A great sea foam with a small flaw, Barion cut cushion

At first glance, this sea foam Barion cut cushion is a GEM and couldn’t be better.  It has the very desirable “neon” glow in an excellent mixture of bluer and yellower greens.  As I move the stone off face up, … Continue reading

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Announcing an Emerald cut of note, Pure Sea Foam.

  Emerald cuts are very useful for the cutting of tourmaline.  This is due, at times, to their dichroism. or crystal shape or desire to keep colors from interacting too much in a gemstone.  It is also a cut that … Continue reading

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Sea Foam or Blue Green Droplet

What is in a name, maybe a better price.  I try and limit the use of sea foam to tourmaline from Afghanistan with a medium light to medium tone and two open colors.  A bluer green a/b axis and a … Continue reading

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Great waves for a sea foam droplet.

This is a great little sea foam droplet.  It has great crystal to go alone with a bright medium toned. blue green color.  There is nothing flawed about this beauty.  A perfect little GEM.  It weighs 1.12 carats and stands … Continue reading

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Sea Foam Droplet from Afghanistan

The rough for this stone came from a large lot of high grade sea foam tourmaline from Afghanistan.  I was able to buy one over 10 carats piece and some smaller stones.  This round standard brilliant does not have the … Continue reading

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Open Ends and a fine moderately toned green in an Emerald Cut.#1097

This nice green emerald cut is trying to reach toward being sea foam.  Its open ends sparkle with a bit yellower green, while the sides try and slide into blue green, but it just does not make it.  It is … Continue reading

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Sea Foam Tourmaline from Afghanistan#200

Only Large Barion cut from Large Lot.   One of two Barion Cut from first large crystal.  Weight 13.39 carats     We down to earth people, who actually make things, have been known to scorn those who are just … Continue reading

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