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Pink Tourmaline, SG1, Afghanistan, #479
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Stone : Pink Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2012
Item : #479
Design : SG1
Origin : Afghanistan
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.7 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 9 x 9 x 6 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : Here's a very flashy nice pink tourmaline from Afghanistan. The design is the SG1 which is great for this material and really makes it a flashy gem. The colour is a beautiful pink with, to my eye, a slight "dusky" appearance. It is more saturated then the pics suggest, I think the pics look a little over exposed. It is an excellent size for a ring or a pendant and is lovely and clean. In the sunlight it looks fantastic and equally so at night under lights.

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Pink Tourmaline, SG1, Afghanistan, #479
Pink Tourmaline, SG1, Afghanistan, #479
Pink Tourmaline, SG1, Afghanistan, #479
Pink Tourmaline, SG1, Afghanistan, #479
Pink Tourmaline, SG1, Afghanistan, #479
Pink Tourmaline, SG1, Afghanistan, #479

 

Green Tourmaline, Victoria Regent, Africa, #564
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Stone : Green Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2013
Item : #564
Design : Asscher Cut
Origin : Africa
Treatments : None
Weight : 1.3 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 6x6x5.5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A spectacular green tourmaline gemstone. The colour is a very lovely green and the gem is very bright. It is a fine tourmaline gem.

Green Tourmaline, Victoria Regent, Africa, #564
Green Tourmaline, Victoria Regent, Africa, #564
Green Tourmaline, Victoria Regent, Africa, #564
Green Tourmaline, Victoria Regent, Africa, #564
Green Tourmaline, Victoria Regent, Africa, #564

 

Pink Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #456
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Stone : Pink Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2012
Item : #456
Design : Acorn (Doug Menadue)
Origin : Afghanistan
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.4 carats
Clarity : Very Very Slightly Included
Size : 7 x 7 x 6.8 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : If you are looking for a sweet, pretty pink tourmaline, this one is for you. This lovely pink tourmaline comes from Afghanistan which produces some of the finest tourmalines around. This beauty is a nice soft pink and it has a wonderful glow about it. The Acorn design gives this gem alot of life and it would make a very special ring, probably in a white metal. That would really highlight the pink colour and would look devine. In real life the gem is prettier and pinker then the pics suggest. It does have some very minor inclusions that are common to tourmaline but you really need a loupe to see them. A very fine pink tourmaline gemstone!

SEE THE ORIGINAL ROUGH STONE HERE.

Pink Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #456
Pink Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #456
Pink Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #456
Pink Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #456
Pink Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #456
Pink Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #456
Pink Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #456
Pink Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #456
Pink Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #456
Pink Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #456

 

Vivid Pink Tourmaline, Antique Round 1910, Himalaya Mine, USA, #480
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Stone : Vivid Pink Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2012
Item : #480
Design : Antique Round 1910
Origin : Himalaya Mine, USA
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.7 carats
Clarity : Included
Size : 9 x 9 x 6 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : Imagine for a moment a bright tinsel pink flamingo and thats pretty much what you have here. This is certainly one of the pinkest of pink tourmalines (or any stone for that matter) that I've seen in a very long time. It stands out across the room and at night, if anything its even better. Under lights (both fluoro and incandescent) it remains stunningly open and vivid pink. This is one gem that you will take every opportunity to wear out at night, trust me. The pics again do not do this gem any justice as it is much more vivid and bright in person. The gem does have inclusions which look far worse in the pics then they really are. In person the inclusions look like a light dusting of speckles, like the stars of the Milky Way at night, only pink. However, believe me when I say that with this colour, all inclusions are forgiven. There is also a very subtle violet glow about it that catches your eye from time to time and adds to this gems allure. This is an exceptional gem from a very collectable location.

SEE THE ORIGINAL ROUGH STONE HERE

Vivid Pink Tourmaline, Antique Round 1910, Himalaya Mine, USA, #480
Vivid Pink Tourmaline, Antique Round 1910, Himalaya Mine, USA, #480
Vivid Pink Tourmaline, Antique Round 1910, Himalaya Mine, USA, #480
Vivid Pink Tourmaline, Antique Round 1910, Himalaya Mine, USA, #480
Vivid Pink Tourmaline, Antique Round 1910, Himalaya Mine, USA, #480
Vivid Pink Tourmaline, Antique Round 1910, Himalaya Mine, USA, #480
Vivid Pink Tourmaline, Antique Round 1910, Himalaya Mine, USA, #480
Vivid Pink Tourmaline, Antique Round 1910, Himalaya Mine, USA, #480
Vivid Pink Tourmaline, Antique Round 1910, Himalaya Mine, USA, #480

 

Rubellite Tourmaline, Acorn, Nigeria, #481
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Stone : Rubellite Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2012
Item : #481
Design : Acorn
Origin : Nigeria
Treatments : None
Weight : 8.7 carats
Clarity : Very Very Slightly Included
Size : 10.2 x 10.2 x 11.5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A truly beautiful, richly coloured rubellite tourmaline. Straight off I'll say that the pics do not do this gem justice and they don't capture the colour as well as I would like. This was a hard one to photograph for some reason and I kept getting more pink coming through then what is there in real life. This gem is beautiful! It is cut in my Acorn design which I feel has quite an elegant profile for such a deep stone. There is a minor needle like veil inclusion but is difficult to see in person. A very fine gem looking for a special setting.

SEE THE ORIGINAL ROUGH STONE HERE

Rubellite Tourmaline, Acorn, Nigeria, #481
Rubellite Tourmaline, Acorn, Nigeria, #481
Rubellite Tourmaline, Acorn, Nigeria, #481
Rubellite Tourmaline, Acorn, Nigeria, #481
Rubellite Tourmaline, Acorn, Nigeria, #481
Rubellite Tourmaline, Acorn, Nigeria, #481
Rubellite Tourmaline, Acorn, Nigeria, #481

 

Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #180

Stone : Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2010
Item : #180
Design : Smith Bar (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Afghanistan
Treatments : None
Weight : 5.4 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 7 x 14 x 6 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : When it comes to Smith Bars, a rich green Afghan tourmaline is THE classic stone. There is something about this stone that so well suits the Smith Bar design. Perhaps it is the original crystal shape which is an elongated triangluar prism. This gemstone exhibits two tones of green, a sort of deep lime green at one end changing to a rich slightly blue green at the other. It is the perfect size and shape for a stunning ring, pendant or bracelet. It is very slightly included with some of those small fine vertical veils that are common for tourmaline which in this stone are difficult to see face up and do not detract from its overall beauty.


SEE THE ORIGINAL ROUGH STONE HERE.

Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #180
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #180
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #180
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #180

 

Bi-Colour Indicolite Tourmaline, Emerald Cut, #181

Stone : Bi-Colour Indicolite Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2010
Item : #181
Design : Emerald Cut
Origin : Afghanistan
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.3 carats
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 5 x 10 x 5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : Indicolite (blue) tourmaline is probably one of the harder-to-find gemstones in the tourmaline family. This is a lovely little gemstone cut in the favorite classic step design. Towards one end of the gemstone it changes to clear and this makes for a very unique stone indeed. There are inclusions that are typical of tourmaline.


SEE THE ORIGINAL ROUGH STONE HERE.

Bi-Colour Indicolite Tourmaline, Emerald Cut, #181
Bi-Colour Indicolite Tourmaline, Emerald Cut, #181
Bi-Colour Indicolite Tourmaline, Emerald Cut, #181
Bi-Colour Indicolite Tourmaline, Emerald Cut, #181
Bi-Colour Indicolite Tourmaline, Emerald Cut, #181

 

Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #155

Stone : Tourmaline Bi-Colour
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2009
Item : #155
Design : Smith Bar (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Afghanistan
Treatments : None
Weight : 1.45 carats
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 8 x 5 x 4mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This is a lovely little bi-colour tourmaline from Afghanistan. It is a green-blue colour one end changing to almost clear the other. There are several small inclusions that are typical of tourmaline.


SEE THE ORIGINAL ROUGH STONE HERE.

Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #155
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #155
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #155
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #155
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #155

 

Pink / Mint Green Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #282

Stone : Pink / Mint Green Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2010
Item : #282
Design : Acorn (Doug Menadue)
Origin : Afghanistan
Treatments : None
Weight : 3.3 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 8 x 8 x 7 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A stunning candy pink tourmaline from Afghanistan. This gem has a wonderful appearance and the pink is fabulous and delicious... the pictures don't do it justice and the gem is much more vivid and flashy in person. There are lovely violet flashes and maybe a hint of peach but its very hard to tell. It is finely cut in my "Acorn" design which enhances the colour and also provides excellent brilliance and "fire". This gem will make a perfect solitare and is ideally suited for a white metal like platinum or white gold. It is eye clean and an excellent size and represents the highest quality material that Afghanistan is renown for.

This gem is actually a bi-colour having the main pink zone in the pavilion and a very soft mint green in the crown. One of the pics shows the stone just prior to being cut and the two colour zones can clearly seen. The proportions and orientation of the colours zones are perfect. In the finished gem the mint green does not really show up in the gem unless it is viewed from a side angle... you can also see it in some of the reflections. From the top you wouldn't know it was there and for all practical purposes it's just pink. This all adds to the uniqueness of this gemstone. In the other pic you can see the crown about to be cut... the mint green section can again be clearly seen. This is truely a fine gemstone all round.

SEE THE ORIGINAL ROUGH STONE HERE.

Pink / Mint Green Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #282
Pink / Mint Green Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #282
Pink / Mint Green Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #282
Pink / Mint Green Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #282
Pink / Mint Green Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #282
Pink / Mint Green Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #282
Pink / Mint Green Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #282
Pink / Mint Green Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #282
Pink / Mint Green Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #282

 

Light Green Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, Afghanistan, #363
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Stone : Light Green Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2011
Item : #363
Design : Asscher Cut
Origin : Afghanistan
Treatments : None
Weight : 1.7 carat
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 6.8 x 6.8 x 5.8 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This beautiful little asscher cut gem is a delightful light green tourmaline from Afghanistan. Its a perfect size for a ring stone and is nice, light and bright. I'd say the colour is a light green to light yellow-green and it is very pretty. Its a sweet little gem looking for a good home. :-)

Light Green Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, Afghanistan, #363
Light Green Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, Afghanistan, #363
Light Green Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, Afghanistan, #363
Light Green Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, Afghanistan, #363
Light Green Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, Afghanistan, #363

 

Pink Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #364
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Stone : Pink Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2011
Item : #364
Design : Smith Bar (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Nigeria
Treatments : None
Weight : 3 carat
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 9 x 7 x 5.5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This is a nice pink tourmaline from Nigeria that is cut in the classic Smith Bar design. The pink flash is nice and bright and there are some lovely peachy orange flashes in there as well. The gem is well sized for a ring and it is cut in a calibrated size so it should fit a standard setting without any difficulty. I like the "pixelation" action in this Smith Bar design when you tilt it backwards and forwards. There is a very small veil in the crown but nothing that detracts from the appearance of the gem. A fine pink tourmaline gem!

Pink Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #364
Pink Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #364
Pink Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #364
Pink Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #364
Pink Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #364
Pink Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #364

 

Pink / Clear Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #283

Stone : Pink / Clear Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2010
Item : #283
Design : Acorn (Doug Menadue)
Origin : Afghanistan
Treatments : None
Weight : 13.3 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 12.5 x 12.5 x 12 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : Well, what can one say about a gem like this other then that it's simply magnificent! I can use all the superlatives and still not come close to describing its beauty. Its a nice light bubblegum pink though for some reason when I gaze at it I keep thinking "princess" pink. Its a very bright and lively gemstone with lots of action and great fire... in the sunlight its dazzlingly blinding and under incandescent lights it really comes into its own. There are also some lovely, delicate violet flashes to be seen. The gem is cut in my "Acorn" design which gives a very classical shape, like those beautiful grecian urns from an earlier age.

Did I mention that its BIG! And not only BIG but EYE CLEAN!!! Eye clean gems of this size in tourmaline are as scarce as hen's teeth. This gem is also actually a bi-colour, having a clear zone in the lower part of the pavilion changing to the bubblegum pink as it moves up to the crown. Having this clear zone adds a really bright kick to the gem and keeps it nice and open. There is a pic of the rough stone prior to being cut and you can see the colour zones clearly. Like most pics, they never really capture the full beauty of the gemstone in person. This unique gemstone will make a superb addition to any collection... you'll be looking for a long long time before you find another gemstone that even comes close. Truly exceptional!

SEE THE ORIGINAL ROUGH STONE HERE.

* Suggested wholesale price per carat for a gem of this size, type and quality ranges from $275 - $400 USD.
The GemGuide 2009


Pink / Clear Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #283
Pink / Clear Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #283
Pink / Clear Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #283
Pink / Clear Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #283
Pink / Clear Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #283
Pink / Clear Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #283
Pink / Clear Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #283
Pink / Clear Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #283
Pink / Clear Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #283
Pink / Clear Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #283
Pink / Clear Tourmaline, Acorn, Afghanistan, #283

 

Bi-Colour Green Tourmaline, Emerald Cut, #194

Stone : Bi-Colour Green Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2010
Item : #194
Design : Emerald Cut
Origin : Afghanistan
Treatments : None
Weight : 5.7 carats
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 6 x 15.5 x 6 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A great example of a bi-coloured tourmaline from Afghanistan. I'd say its a darker mint green fading to clear. It is very bright and glassy and looks sharp and crisp. There are some minor inclusions which are typical to tourmaline, they're not as bad as they look in the pics. Its a good size and all round a lovely gem. It has an open "C" axis which means it is not dark and instead has a very bright lime green colour down the "C".


SEE THE ORIGINAL ROUGH STONE HERE.

Tourmaline, Emerald Cut, #194
Tourmaline, Emerald Cut, #194
Tourmaline, Emerald Cut, #194
Tourmaline, Emerald Cut, #194
Tourmaline, Emerald Cut, #194
Tourmaline, Emerald Cut, #194
Tourmaline, Emerald Cut, #194

 

Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
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Stone : Pink Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2010
Item : #179
Design : Asscher Cut
Origin : Nigeria
Treatments : None
Weight : 5.5 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 10 x 10 x 8.5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : It's big and it's beautiful! This is a luscious asscher cut pink tourmaline and eye clean. In person it has rich cranberry pink tones with secondary peach tones (the photos just don't do this gem any justice). This is a top shelf asscher cut tourmaline gem and you don't often come across flawless gems of this size, colour and quality.


* 25/7/2011 - I have taken some more pics of this tourmaline to try and capture the colour and its personality. I was never really happy with the original pics as they seemed a bit dull to me. I have kept the original pics but moved them to the end of the list. The new pics are at the front.

There are a number of outdoor hand shots. The ones that have nice green grass in them I took down at Bowen on the coast around January during the "wet" season, which explains the glorious lush grass. The not-so green grass shots are from here at Mt Surprise. I'm quite amazed at the difference in the colours of the gem and I can only put it down to the variations in the actual sunlight between the coast and inland, and the time of year.

Now, this pink tourmaline gem IS dark and you would have to like dark, sultry gems. It is dark but the pink flashes in this gem are really HOT! There are several other colours in there as well, namely a very nice violet and a peachy orange colour. All in all this is an excellent gem and over time it has become one of my favorites. It's funny how over time one can become attached to a gemstone. It took me a while to warm to this gemstone but after looking at it for so long I've come to really appreciate its beauty. It is a gem of complex personality, if I can put it that way. One might initially be dissuaded by its darkness but its complex and beautiful play of colours has won me over. I have many times thought of putting it aside in my personal collection and setting it in a big gold ring for myself but so far I've resisted. This is a really nice gem - a favorite - and if it does sell, I would love to know that its going to a good home. :-)

SEE THE ORIGINAL ROUGH STONE HERE.

* Suggested wholesale price per carat for a gem of this size, type and quality ranges from $250 - $300 USD.
The GemGuide 2009


Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #179

 

Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, Nigeria, #298
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Stone : Pink Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2010
Item : #298
Design : Asscher Cut
Origin : Nigeria
Treatments : None
Weight : 5.9 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 10 x 10 x 8.5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This is as fine an asscher cut pink tourmaline gemstone as you are ever likely to see. Lovely delicate pink tones with golden peach highlights. There is also a blush of soft violet that appears in the right light that is beguiling. The gem is eye clean which can be hard to find in tourmaline this size. The design is the traditional favorite Asscher Cut which is well suited to light pink tourmaline like this one. A truely fine asscher cut tourmaline gemstone.



SEE THE ORIGINAL ROUGH STONE HERE.

Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, Nigeria, #298
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, Nigeria, #298
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, Nigeria, #298
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, Nigeria, #298
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, Nigeria, #298
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, Nigeria, #298
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, Nigeria, #298
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, Nigeria, #298
Asscher Cut Pink Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, Nigeria, #298

 

Hot Pink Tourmaline, Bicentenial Brilliant, Nigeria, #300
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Stone : Hot Pink Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2010
Item : #300
Design : Bicentenial Brilliant (Evan Williams)
Origin : Nigeria
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.1 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 8 x 8 x 5 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A vivid hot pink tourmaline cut in a bright modern variation of the round brilliant. This is a spectacular gem that will catch the eye across the room. The pink is intense and rich. An exceptional gemstone.



SEE THE ORIGINAL ROUGH STONE HERE.

Hot Pink Tourmaline, Bicentenial Brilliant, Nigeria, #300
Hot Pink Tourmaline, Bicentenial Brilliant, Nigeria, #300
Hot Pink Tourmaline, Bicentenial Brilliant, Nigeria, #300
Hot Pink Tourmaline, Bicentenial Brilliant, Nigeria, #300
Hot Pink Tourmaline, Bicentenial Brilliant, Nigeria, #300
Hot Pink Tourmaline, Bicentenial Brilliant, Nigeria, #300

 

Tourmaline, Boxed, #39

Stone : Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2008
Item : #39
Design : Boxed (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Nigeria
Treatments : None
Weight : 1.26 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 7mm X 5.5mm X 5mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : The stone has a blue/green colour but is a little on the dark side. Would be suitable for a ring setting.

Tourmaline, Boxed, #39
Tourmaline, Boxed, #39
Tourmaline, Boxed, #39

 

Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #130

Stone : Blue / Green Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2009
Item : #130
Design : Smith Bar (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Afghanistan
Treatments : None
Weight : 3.96 carats
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 8mm X 10mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This is a classic blue / green tourmaline from Afghanistan. The colour saturation is excellent and there are definitely three distinct colours that I can see in this stone depending on the angle viewed. There is a nice blue (teal?), a grass green and a bright and lively lime green. This stone was cut from a piece of rough that had an open "C" axis and this is what gives it the bright lime green colour. This is an excellent stone cut in a modern, flashy design... top shelf quality.


SEE THE ORIGINAL ROUGH STONE HERE.

Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #130
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #130
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #130
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #130
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #130
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #130
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #130
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #130

 

Tourmaline, Phi Flower Dome, #129

Stone : Bubblegum Pink Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2009
Item : #129
Design : Phi Flower Dome (Doug Menadue)
Origin : Afghanistan
Treatments : None
Weight : 3.75 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 9mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : Without a shadow of a doubt, bubblegum pink tourmaline from Afghanistan would have to be one of the most delicate, elegant and beautiful of gemstones. Straight off, I have to tell you that the photos simply do not do this stone any justice. In person this gem is light and airy, with a lovely, deliciously soft bubblegum pink and nice delicate tones in any lighting. In my opinion, this gemstone would be stunning set in either white gold or platinum as I think the white metal would complement it perfectly. The gem is eye clean and an ideal size for a ring. I have cut this in a slight variation on my 161 facet Phi Flower Dome design which gives it a bit more of a rounded dome look. This is a truely unique gem!


SEE THE ORIGINAL ROUGH STONE HERE.

Tourmaline, Phi Flower Dome, #129
Tourmaline, Phi Flower Dome, #129
Tourmaline, Phi Flower Dome, #129
Tourmaline, Phi Flower Dome, #129
Tourmaline, Phi Flower Dome, #129
Tourmaline, Phi Flower Dome, #129
Tourmaline, Phi Flower Dome, #129
Tourmaline, Phi Flower Dome, #129

 

Tourmaline, Classic Emerald Cut, #156

Stone : Tourmaline Tri-Colour
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2009
Item : #156
Design : Classic Emerald Cut
Origin : Afghanistan
Treatments : None
Weight : 7.45 carats
Clarity : Slightly Included
Size : 13.2 x 8.5 x 8mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This is quite an interesting gemstone. It is a tri-colour tourmaline from Afghanistan and is exceptionally glassy and bright, very much so. It is predominately a soft bubblegum pink changing to clear and then a very soft minty green. The original rough stone had a very pronounced minty green segment mostly in the tip and in rind however this was cut away during the faceting process. I tried to keep as much as possible in the final stone. It does have inclusions that are typical of tourmaline and most of these are located in the corners which, depending on the setting, will mostly likely be hidden. Under incandescent lighting it is just as stunning as in daylight.


SEE THE ORIGINAL ROUGH STONE HERE.

Tourmaline, Classic Emerald Cut, #156
Tourmaline, Classic Emerald Cut, #156
Tourmaline, Classic Emerald Cut, #156
Tourmaline, Classic Emerald Cut, #156
Tourmaline, Classic Emerald Cut, #156
Tourmaline, Classic Emerald Cut, #156

 

Tourmaline, Bicentenial Brilliant, #171

Stone : Sunset Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2009
Item : #171
Design : Bicentenial Brilliant (Evan Williams)
Origin : Nigeria
Treatments : None
Weight : 1.9 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 8 x 8 x 5mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : If this were a sapphire it would be called a "parti-colour". This is "sunset" tourmaline and is quite a unique little stone. It is predominately a rich golden amber colour with a bar of a sort of golden lime colour. The stone viewed face up is evenly divided into three colours zones : golden amber / lime / golden amber. It would be an excellent "aussie" stone with its green and gold colours. The lime green colour isn't really shown well in the photos however you can see a lighter colour bar running across the middle of the stone. In person, these three colour bands are clearly visible even with the gemstone held at arms length.

Tourmaline, Bicentenial Brilliant, #171
Tourmaline, Bicentenial Brilliant, #171
Tourmaline, Bicentenial Brilliant, #171
Tourmaline, Bicentenial Brilliant, #171
Tourmaline, Bicentenial Brilliant, #171

 

Tourmaline, Optimal Hex, #52

Stone : Hot Pink Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2008
Item : #52
Design : Optimal Hex (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Africa
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.5 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 8mm X 8.5mm X 6mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This colour is as good as it gets for a hot pink tourmaline! It is a delicious, mouth-watering pink! The colour is pure with no peach or off-colour overtones. The design is quite modern and together with the colour makes this a very desirable gemstone. It will make a fantastic ring that will stand out of the crowd, especially set in a white metal... either white gold or platinum.

Tourmaline, Optimal Hex, #52
Tourmaline, Optimal Hex, #52
Tourmaline, Optimal Hex, #52
Tourmaline, Optimal Hex, #52
Tourmaline, Optimal Hex, #52

 

Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #43

Stone : Tourmaline
More Info Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2008
Item : #43
Design : Smith Bar (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Afghanistan
Treatments : None
Weight : 6.18 carats
Clarity : Slightly Included
Size : 14mm X 8mm X 6.5mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This is a very nice tourmaline cut in a modern design. It has an apple green colour and is darkish towards one end, fading to lighter tone on the other end. There is a very slight feather veil on the bottom of one end of the keel and several small inclusion scratches near one end of the pavilion. Viewing the stone face up they are not noticeable. This would make a good men's ring. A fine gem.

See this gemstone being cut.

Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #43
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #43
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #43

 

Tourmaline Watermelon, Mini Mint, #69

Stone : Tourmaline Watermelon
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2008
Item : #69
Design : Mini Mint (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Africa
Treatments : None
Weight : 1.5 carats
Clarity : Very Very Slightly Included
Size : 7mm X 5mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A sweet little watermelon tourmaline, pink with a hint of mint green. There is just the tiniest of needles at one point near the girdle which will be hidden when set. A lovely ring stone.

Tourmaline Watermelon, Mini Mint, #69
Tourmaline Watermelon, Mini Mint, #69
Tourmaline Watermelon, Mini Mint, #69

 

Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #25

Stone : Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2008
Item : #25
Design : Smith Bar (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Nigeria
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.11 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 10mm X 5mm X 4mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This gem has nice sparkle and is cut in a modern design. Good green colours.

SEE THE CUSTOMER'S SETTING HERE

Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #25
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #25
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, #25

 

Tourmaline Watermelon, Mini Mint, #75

Stone : Tourmaline Pink
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2008
Item : #75
Design : Radiant Antique (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Africa
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.33 carats
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 8mm X 8mm X 6mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A lovely little pink tourmaline cut in a bright and sparkling classic design. This will make a beautiful ring stone. There are some tiny bubble inclusions but nothing that will detract from the stone.

Tourmaline Watermelon, Mini Mint, #75
Tourmaline Watermelon, Mini Mint, #75
Tourmaline Watermelon, Mini Mint, #75

 

Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #92

Stone : Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2009
Item : #92
Design : Smith Bar (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Nigeria
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.86 carats
Clarity : Included
Size : 6mm X 12mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A green tourmaline cut in a 2:1 ratio. It does have some of the inclusions that are common to this type of stone but still a good stone.

Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #92
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #92
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #92
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #92

 

Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #91

Stone : Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2009
Item : #91
Design : Smith Bar (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Nigeria
Treatments : None
Weight : 1.1 carats
Clarity : Very Slightly Included
Size : 5mm X 7mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A very nice teal coloured gem... quite a pretty stone.


Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #91
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #91
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #91
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #91
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #91
Tourmaline, Smith Bar, Nigeria, #91

 

Bi-Coloured Tourmaline, Nigeria, Smith Bar, #89

Stone : Tourmaline (Bi-Coloured: Raspberry/Gold)
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2009
Item : #89
Design : Smith Bar (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Nigeria
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.6 & 2.35 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean & Very Slightly Included
Size : 6.5mm X 9mm & 6mm X 9mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : These are a top pair of bi-coloured tourmalines. The two colours are raspberry and gold and blend well. The Smith Bar design really works a treat with these gems. Even though one of the stones is slightly bigger, I think they are a good matched pair.


*SOLD AS MATCHED PAIR ONLY*

Bi-Coloured Tourmaline, Nigeria, Smith Bar, #89
Bi-Coloured Tourmaline, Nigeria, Smith Bar, #89
Bi-Coloured Tourmaline, Nigeria, Smith Bar, #89
Bi-Coloured Tourmaline, Nigeria, Smith Bar, #89
Bi-Coloured Tourmaline, Nigeria, Smith Bar, #89

 

Hot Pink Tourmaline, Hex Burst, #63

Stone : Hot Pink Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2008
Item : #63
Design : Hex Burst (Jeff Graham)
Origin : Africa
Treatments : None
Weight : 7.1 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 13.5mm X 10.2mm X 8.2mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : A magnificent hot pink tourmaline! The gemstone is flawless and cut in a modern, high performance design with lots of flash. This colour is as good as it gets.

Hot Pink Tourmaline, Hex Burst, #63
Hot Pink Tourmaline, Hex Burst, #63
Hot Pink Tourmaline, Hex Burst, #63

 

Asscher Cut Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #167

Stone : Tourmaline
Cut By : Doug Menadue, 2009
Item : #167
Design : Asscher Cut
Origin : Afghanistan
Treatments : None
Weight : 2.12 carats
Clarity : Eye Clean
Size : 7 x 7 x 6 mm
Price : SOLD

Comments : This is an excellent example of the blue/green coloured tourmaline that comes from Afghanistan. It is flawless and the colours much more vivid then they appear in the pictures. It is cut in the classic Asscher Cut design and works extremely well. This is a top asscher cut tourmaline gem!


SEE THE ORIGINAL ROUGH STONE HERE.

Asscher Cut Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #167
Asscher Cut Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #167
Asscher Cut Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #167
Asscher Cut Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #167
Asscher Cut Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #167
Asscher Cut Tourmaline, Asscher Cut, #167

 



Information For precious and semi precious gemstones

Stone : Tourmaline
Moh's Hardness : 7 - 7.5
Origin Locations : Minas Gerais, Brazil; Nigeria, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia, Africa; Madagascar; California, Maine, USA; Elba; Burma; Afghanistan; Pakistan; Mount Painter (Flinders Ranges), Kangaroo Island, Australia
Treatments : None, Heating, Irradiation
Clarity : Eye Clean to Included
Color : Various
Verdelite = Green in all shades
Schorl = Black (often used for mourning jewelry)
Rubellite = Pink to red
Indicolite = Blue in all shades
Paraiba = Caribbean blue, copper bearing tourmaline... very rare!
Dravite = Yellow to Brown
Achroite = Clear to colorless
Cleavage : Indistinct
Chemical Composition : Various
Refractive Index (RI) : 1.614 - 1.666
Density : 2.82 - 3.32
Birthstones : Tourmaline is the birthstone for October.
Tourmaline is the stone for the 8th anniversary

Comments : Tourmaline is a gem that comes in almost every colour imaginable and often in breathtaking combinations. It is thought that the Dutch, importing it from Sri Lanka to Europe in the early 1700's gave it the Sinhalese name, Turamali, meaning "stone with mixed colors". Gems with two or three colors are much sort after, such as blue/greens, mint greens/clear, pink/greens and gold/red. For example, a certain mixture of colours is called watermelon tourmaline where, cut in a cross section, the outer rind appears green whilst the inside is pink. Pinks (intense hot pink and light bubblegum pink), reds and blues are the most desired colors. Some tourmaline gems are treated in order to improve their colour.

In the last 20 years tourmaline has gained great popularity among gem collectors and the gem buying public because of its beauty, availablity and myriad colors. It cuts a stunning gem and suits almost all design styles. Fine examples of tourmaline can be obtained in relatively large sizes though 2 - 10 carats is a popular size range. Tourmaline often has inclusions and eye clean gems are the most desirable. Tourmaline forms as beautiful long crystals and are a great favorite among mineral specimen collectors. This stone can also be found in alluvial deposits as water worn nodules.

A curious property of tourmaline is that when heated and cooled, or by applied pressure, it will become electrically charged (pyro and piezo electricty). The charged stone can attract pieces of paper and dust. It was also used to pull ash out of meerschaum pipes by the Dutch who understood this property of tourmaline. They called tourmaline "aschentrekker" (ash puller).

One thing that can affect the colour and arguably the "quality" and price of a tourmaline gem is if it has what's called a
closed "C" axis. What does this mean? Well, given a tourmaline crystal in its original shape, if you look down the crystal (as if you were looking down a metal pipe) and it appears black or very very dark, this tourmaline is said to be "closed", like pulling a curtain across a window. If you can clearly see down the crystal even though the colour may change slightly, eg. a pink tourmaline might look peachy down the "C" axis, it is said to be "open". When a tourmaline with a closed "C" axis is cut, the resulting gem will in all likelihood appear darkish, especially around the ends if it is a rectangluar design. All things being equal, an "open" gem should demand a higher price then a "closed" gem. You can see an example of an open "C" axis tourmaline in the rough here.


 

 

 

 

 

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