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Summing up the parts, beautiful yellow green shield cut.#1124

With all the difficulty and expense of getting natural tourmaline rough, it makes me wonder sometimes why I just don’t cut synthetic.  I don’t believe in any mystical force of nature or the healing power of natural gemstones, but I … 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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Bronze to olive green shield cut.#198

Sometimes you never know which part of the collection will spark the appreciation for tourmaline that I hope to instill in my fellow man.  When I spent a day with a curator of gems and minerals at a large eastern … Continue reading

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Lavender Tourmaline, Lavender Tourmaline, Shield Cut, Cuprian#196

It is probably unnecessary and maybe even childish to type the same color before tourmaline twice in the title of this post.  It is just a way to express how important this color is in my world of color in … Continue reading

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Now we have an outstanding, Tang orange colored shield cut.#189

I don’t know how many people remember Tang or whether they still make it anymore, but it was one of the memorable items on my mother’s diet along with peanut and bananas, on dark Hollywood bread, sandwiches.  Well this shield … Continue reading

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Lightly included green with brown overtone shield cut. cuprian#188

The wispy feathers in this larger medium plus toned shield cut are hard to see (best from the pavilion) and do not effect the flash.  The green is taken down a peg with a brown overtone in daylight, that is … Continue reading

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Ultimate eye candy in the name of a medium toned pink, shield cut#186

On one of the group of pages that my principle rough dealer puts out on the internet, he had a special group of tourmaline that seemed to be particularly colorful.  I have lost track of the other pieces of rough … Continue reading

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Non dichroic, rich pastel blue green shield cut.#180

This smaller shield cut is a bit hazy from a lower grade of crystal.  Still its rich blue green pastel color is nice and the naturally flashy nature of the shield cut helps to make this a nice gemstone.  It … Continue reading

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Nice and spicy green trilliant cut.#178

This trilliant cut is not particularly flashy.  I don’t think it is the few minor inclusion I see, but a generally low quality of crystal.  I cleaned it, to double check, and it still shows its spicy green color in … Continue reading

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This is a pink that is almost too rich and powerful for a simple shield cut.#177

Their are wonderfully flighty and flirtatious pinks in the world and then there are powerful pinks that let you know who is boss.  This eye clean, rich and powerful shield cut is quite a warrior.  Her sultry, darkly toned recesses … Continue reading

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Another green lifted up by a fine shield cut.#170

I like this bright medium toned well saturated green shield cut.  It is always refreshing to find a nice piece of green rough suitable for something different than an emerald cut.  This piece of tourmaline does not appear to be … Continue reading

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A yellow green with an uplifting shield cut.#168

When you have a piece of rough that is being preformed and it looks like it will make a shield cut, things are going well.  This eye clean, medium toned yellow green is nice, but the cut makes it a … Continue reading

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Bright flashy medium toned pink shield cut.#176

This is a delightful gemstone for anyone, but if you love pink, this stone is for  you.  The shield cut produces a fine flashy gem as long as the tone is not too dark.  The well saturated pink in this … Continue reading

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A steely blue green shield cut.#160

A great effort is sometimes made not to put gray into the color name of a gemstone, but the fact is that many blues and other colors have a gray over tone in tourmaline.  Calling a gemstone steely is a … Continue reading

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Fine medium toned green shield cut.#158

Sometimes I think that movie critics should not review new movies because they have seen too much.  Who really cares if the plot was ripped off a 1947 thriller and the lead actor is trying to act like Laurence Olivie … 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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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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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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Delightful medium light peach, shield cut.

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

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A great dichroic orange in a great shape, shield cut

This orange shield cut has a two step crown, that helps open up the stone to see its great color.  I don’t cut a lot of shield cuts and it is nice that this popular shape has a fine example … Continue reading

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In the Name of Beauty Everyone should have a Pink Shield.

I like shield cuts and this larger one is in the pink.  And I mean pure pink.  The shield cut brings out a vibrant  scintillating flash the is not obscured by any flaws or a lack of transparency.  The medium … 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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Extra virgin olive oil for this shield cut’s color.

There is a hint of olive in the yellow green of this eye clean shield cut.  The color stays a medium toned green in different white lights and is well presented.  This is because this green is not dichroic and … Continue reading

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Clean and bright shield cut, Pink

This pink with maybe a bit of orange has everything going for it.  The shield cut makes a naturally flashy gemstone and medium tone and great crystal just amplify the effect.  I also appears to be eye clean.  This modern … Continue reading

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Very nice smaller green shield cut

When I find a piece of tourmaline rough that is suitable for a shield cut I jump on it.  The strongly dichroic nature of many green tourmalines makes it relatively rare to find a suitable piece even when there is … Continue reading

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Olive Green Shield Cut#1048

  Now no tourmaline really wants to be labeled olive green, but there are many of them out there.  Many of them are dark and dense and have helped give tourmaline its popular presence (dark and green) in some people’s … Continue reading

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Hurray for a smaller green shield cut.#1023

It is always a pleasure to be able to preform a piece of tourmaline rough into a triangular shape suitable for a shield cut.  This is about as small a shield cut that I make and it has a great … 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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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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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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Bright Light Pink Shield Cut

  This shade of pink with a light tone level is common in tourmaline rough coming out of Africa now (2013).  It is also not noticeably dichroic and is eye clean.  The thing that I notice about this gemstone, that … Continue reading

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Green Shield Cut rarer than you might think.

  Green in all its shades is one of the most common colors in the world of tourmaline.  Only pinks might compete with green as production shifts between locations during different years.  Yet there are very few nice green shield … Continue reading

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Yellow’s chief defender, a very nice yellow shield cut

  The effort to fill out the color wheel with tourmaline in the pure yellow area has been an interesting quest.  Yellow green is one of the most common colors in tourmaline and is not particularly prized.    I have also … Continue reading

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