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Worldwide Tourmaline Gemstones

A great mix of Tourmaline gemstones from around the world featuring classic stones, bi-colored and tri-colored gems, and unique stones with odd and unusual colors for Tourmaline.  We've even included "Watermelon" Tourmaline and a Cat's Eye gem.



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Tourmaline (Bi-color) from Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz527a.JPG] Tourmaline (Bi-color) from Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz527b.JPG]

Gemstone # TOURMBRAZ527
Name: Tourmaline (Bi-color)
Locality: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Weight: 5.27 carats
Size: 12.13 x 10.0 mm
Price per Carat: $ 250.00 (=~ ¥ 27472.53)
Price For Stone: $ 1317.50 (=~ ¥ 144780.22)
      Cut: Oval Brilliant
Color: Pink and Orange
Clarity: Very very slightly included
Cut by Us: No
Availability: Available

Comments:

A gorgeous richly bi-colored stone from Brazil featuring a mix of lovely pink and orange tones. The stone shows different colors in different lighting as it will appear more pink in some lights and more orange in others, but you will see a mix of the two in virtually every kind of light. It's well cut, so it looks very attractive up close and far away. Additionally there are a handful of small "cat's eye" inclusions that can be seen near the center of the gem, making this a rare bi-color "cat's eye" gem. The fact that it's over 5 carats is a big deal, as it is becoming very difficult to find clean or nearly clean gems in this size on the market now.

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Tourmaline ( Tourmaline (

Gemstone # TOURMTANZ442
Name: Tourmaline ("Sunset Tourmaline")
Locality: Lelatema Mts, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania
Weight: 4.42 carats
Size: 11.00 mm
Price per Carat: $ 300.00 (=~ ¥ 32967.03)
Price For Stone: $ 1326.00 (=~ ¥ 145714.29)
      Cut: Concave Trillion Brilliant
Color: Rich Orange
Clarity: Eye Clean
Cut by Us: No
Availability: Available

Comments:

Here we have a rarity for Tourmaline in two respects. First, is the exceptionally rich orange color. This particular hue is incredibly difficult to find in Tourmaline, but a small amount has been trickling out of Tanzania for several years now. These stones, with their warm orange and yellow hues, have been nicknamed "Sunset Tourmaline" around the industry. The rich warm hues seen in these gems makes them very enticing for collectors. Secondly, this stone is eye clean and, for any Tourmaline gem over 1 carat, it's very difficult to obtain clean stones. Tourmaline is classified as a "Type-3" gemstone (same category as Emerald) which means that clean stones are incredibly rare to find. So when you have a very good sized gem such as this combined with the rare color and the superior clarity, it's special. To top it off, the stone has a beautiful concave / "quantum" trillion cut, which allows for a higher than normal light return with a stunning internal appearance. It seems that these stones have quickly dried up from the market, and they are retailing for high numbers with some dealers, so don't miss out on this fantastic Tourmaline of an uncommon color with beautiful custom concave cutting. A beautiful stone that truly looks better in person.

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Tourmaline (large stone!) from Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria [./tourmgems119/tourmnigeria2332a.JPG] Tourmaline (large stone!) from Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria [./tourmgems119/tourmnigeria2332b.JPG]

Gemstone # TOURMNIGERIA2332
Name: Tourmaline (large stone!)
Locality: Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria
Weight: 23.32 carats
Size: 17.41 mm
Price per Carat: $ 125.00 (=~ ¥ 13736.26)
Price For Stone: $ 2915.00 (=~ ¥ 320329.67)
      Cut: Round Brilliant
Color: Rich Pink with Orange Overtones
Clarity: Very very slightly included
Cut by Us: No
Availability: Available

Comments:

Over 20 years ago some truly impressive crystals and gem rough started filtering out of Nigeria. These Tourmalines showed intense pink coloring, sometimes bordering on red "Rubellite" hues. This stone was cut back in 1995 out of a piece of rough that we bought directly from a friend who obtained it from the source. This stone has remained in our private family collection for nearly 25 years. I don't have to tell you that Tourmaline gems this size are nearly impossible to find on the market, let alone a stone this size with such beautiful color and nearly EYE CLEAN CLARITY! There a few tiny imperfections that I can see with the naked eye, but honestly it looks amazing in person (best viewed in sunlight) showing a rich pool of intense pink with slight orange overtones. It's very fairly priced as we have kept our old price on it from when we purchased the stone. We have seen these stones going for several hundred dollars per carat recently on the international market, so it's certainly priced less than current retail. If you've ever wanted one of these impressive, eye-catching gems from years ago, don't miss out on this big, beautiful, colorful Tourmaline that would make a great centerpiece in a pendant or a wonderful addition to your gem collection.

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Tourmaline from Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz263a.JPG] Tourmaline from Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz263b.JPG]

Gemstone # TOURMBRAZ263
Name: Tourmaline
Locality: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Weight: 2.63 carats
Size: 9.77 x 7.87 mm
Price per Carat: $ 150.00 (=~ ¥ 16483.52)
Price For Stone: $ 394.50 (=~ ¥ 43351.65)
      Cut: Concave Swirling Emerald
Color: Baby Pink
Clarity: Very Very Slightly Included
Cut by Us: NO
Availability: Available

Comments: A fantastic bright baby pink Tourmaline from Brazil. This stone is actually from a recent discovery, though our source in Brazil could not give us a specific mine. If I had to guess, it could be from the Cruzeiro Mine, but it's truly impossible to know for sure. With that said, it's an enticing gem with a gorgeous hue and an uncommon cut. The stone has Quantum / Concave faceting underneath which gives the gem more light return than traditional faceting which is combined with swirling crown facets and no actual table to speak of. It's hard to illustrate in the photos, but looks fantastic in person. Combine that with only the slightest of inclusions, and you have a wonderful Tourmaline that would make for a lovely piece of jewelry or would stand alone as a fine addition to any faceted Tourmaline suite.

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Tourmaline ( Tourmaline (

Gemstone # TOURMBRAZ264
Name: Tourmaline ("Indicolite")
Locality: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Weight: 2.64 carats
Size: 10.52 x 5.94 mm
Price per Carat: $ 150.00 (=~ ¥ 16483.52)
Price For Stone: $ 396.00 (=~ ¥ 43516.48)
      Cut: Emerald
Color: Greenish-Blue
Clarity: Very Very Slightly Included
Cut by Us: No
Availability: Available

Comments:

A classic Brazilian Indicolite dating back to finds from the 1980s. This material came to us from a friend who had been stashing them away for years. The enticing blue color (with a slight greenish overtone) combined with the excellent clarity make for a great example of this hard to find material. Indicolites are well-known in the gem world, though they're often so dark that they look black, but this gem shows excellent color without needing to be blasted with light. I would argue that some of the Brazilian Indicolites are among the best in the world in terms of color saturation and clarity. Keep in mind that Tourmaline is classified as a "Type-3" gemstone, so inclusions are almost always present. This is the same categorization as Emerald, which almost always have some kind of inclusions. When you have a good sized gem like this combined with the beautiful color and above average clarity, it's a big deal for Tourmaline. It would look great in a pendant, or if you collect Tourmaline gems, it could easily fill a nice spot in your collection.

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Tourmaline (Tri-color) from Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz268a.JPG] Tourmaline (Tri-color) from Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz268b.JPG]

Gemstone # TOURMBRAZ268
Name: Tourmaline (Tri-color)
Locality: Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Weight: 2.68 carats
Size: 12.39 x 4.93 mm
Price per Carat: $ 250.00 (=~ ¥ 27472.53)
Price For Stone: $ 670.00 (=~ ¥ 73626.37)
      Cut: Emerald
Color: Pink, Colorless and Green
Clarity: Very Very Slightly Included
Cut by Us: No
Availability: Available

Comments:

Tourmalines are some of the most diverse and popular gems out there. They're one of the few gems that occur in natural bi-color or tri-color stones as well. This beautiful stone was cut from a crystal found nearly 40 years ago in Brazil. The stone shows a distinct pink color throughout the majority of the body of the gem, with a lively green color on the other end and a beautiful colorless thin "Achroite" zone in the middle. Tourmaline is classified as a "Type 3" gemstone, as inclusions are almost always present, and accepted by dealers and collectors, but this stone only has a tiny bit of inclusions, which is pretty remarkable for Tourmaline. I have to say that these stones are becoming harder and harder to find these days, and with so many gem Tourmalines coming out of Afghanistan and Africa lately, they are not dominating the market like they once did. This is a great NATURALLY occurring tri-color gem that would make for a beautiful piece of jewelry or even for a gift for somebody with an October birthday as Tourmaline along with Opal are the birthstones for that month.

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Tourmaline (Tri-color) from Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz071a.JPG] Tourmaline (Tri-color) from Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz071b.JPG]

Gemstone # TOURMBRAZ071
Name: Tourmaline (Tri-color)
Locality: Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Weight: 0.71 carats
Size: 5.81 x 4.11 mm
Price per Carat: $ 200.00 (=~ ¥ 21978.02)
Price For Stone: $ 142.00 (=~ ¥ 15604.40)
      Cut: Emerald
Color: Pink, Colorless and Green
Clarity: Very Slightly Included
Cut by Us: No
Availability: Available

Comments:

Tourmalines are some of the most diverse and popular gems out there. They're one of the few gems that occur in natural bi-color or tri-color stones as well. This beautiful stone was cut from a crystal found nearly 40 years ago in Brazil. The stone shows a distinct pink color on one end, with a lively green color on the other end and a beautiful colorless thin "Achroite" zone in the middle. Actually, the green end of the stone shows two slightly different green hues, so technically you could call this a "quad-color?" Tourmaline. This gem has a very slight amount of inclusions, which are difficult to see with the naked eye, but remember that Tourmaline is classified as a "Type 3" gemstone, as inclusions are almost always present, and accepted by dealers and collectors, so this stone is certainly above par for the material. I have to say that these stones are becoming harder and harder to find these days, and with so many gem Tourmalines coming out of Afghanistan and Africa lately, they are not dominating the market like they once did. This is a great NATURALLY occurring tri-color gem that would make for a wonderful piece of jewelry or even for a gift for somebody with an October birthday as Tourmaline along with Opal are the birthstones for that month.

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Tourmaline (Tri-color) from Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz130a.JPG] Tourmaline (Tri-color) from Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz130b.JPG]

Gemstone # TOURMBRAZ130
Name: Tourmaline (Tri-color)
Locality: Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Weight: 1.30 carats
Size: 8.33 x 4.61 mm
Price per Carat: $ 250.00 (=~ ¥ 27472.53)
Price For Stone: $ 325.00 (=~ ¥ 35714.29)
      Cut: Emerald
Color: Pink, Colorless and Green
Clarity: Very Very Slightly Included
Cut by Us: No
Availability: Available

Comments:

Tourmalines are some of the most diverse and popular gems out there. They're one of the few gems that occur in natural bi-color or tri-color stones as well. This beautiful stone was cut from a crystal found nearly 40 years ago in Brazil. The stone shows an attractive pink color throughout the majority of the body of the gem, with a lively green color on the other end and a beautiful colorless thin "Achroite" zone in the middle. Tourmaline is classified as a "Type 3" gemstone, as inclusions are almost always present, and accepted by dealers and collectors, but this stone only has a TINY amount of inclusions, which is pretty remarkable for Tourmaline. I have to say that these stones are becoming harder and harder to find these days, and with so many gem Tourmalines coming out of Afghanistan and Africa lately, they are not dominating the market like they once did. This is a great NATURALLY occurring tri-color gem that would make for a wonderful piece of jewelry or even for a gift for somebody with an October birthday as Tourmaline along with Opal are the birthstones for that month.

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Tourmaline (Tri-color) from Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz160a.JPG] Tourmaline (Tri-color) from Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz160b.JPG]

Gemstone # TOURMBRAZ160
Name: Tourmaline (Tri-color)
Locality: Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Weight: 1.60 carats
Size: 8.38 x 4.57 mm
Price per Carat: $ 250.00 (=~ ¥ 27472.53)
Price For Stone: $ 400.00 (=~ ¥ 43956.04)
      Cut: Emerald
Color: Pink, Colorless and Green
Clarity: Very Very Slightly Included
Cut by Us: No
Availability: Available

Comments:

Tourmalines are some of the most diverse and popular gems out there. They're one of the few gems that occur in natural bi-color or tri-color stones as well. This beautiful stone was cut from a crystal found nearly 40 years ago in Brazil. The stone shows a distinct pink color throughout the majority of the body of the gem, with a lively green color on the other end and a beautiful colorless thin "Achroite" zone in the middle. Upon close inspection, the stone is nearly eye clean, but it does have the tiniest of inclusions. Now keep in mind that Tourmaline is classified as a "Type 3" gemstone, as inclusions are almost always present, and accepted by dealers and collectors, so this gem is well above average in terms of clarity for Tourmaline. I have to say that these stones are becoming harder and harder to find these days, and with so many gem Tourmalines coming out of Afghanistan and Africa lately, they are not dominating the market like they once did. This is a great NATURALLY occurring tri-color gem that would make for a wonderful piece of jewelry or even for a gift for somebody with an October birthday as Tourmaline along with Opal are the birthstones for that month.

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Tourmaline (Tri-color) from Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz136a.JPG] Tourmaline (Tri-color) from Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz136b.JPG]

Gemstone # TOURMBRAZ136
Name: Tourmaline (Tri-color)
Locality: Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Weight: 1.36 carats
Size: 8.32 x 4.42 mm
Price per Carat: $ 100.00 (=~ ¥ 10989.01)
Price For Stone: $ 136.00 (=~ ¥ 14945.05)
      Cut: Emerald
Color: Pink, Colorless and Green
Clarity: Slightly Included
Cut by Us: No
Availability: Available

Comments:

Tourmalines are some of the most diverse and popular gems out there. They're one of the few gems that occur in natural bi-color or tri-color stones as well. This stone was cut from a crystal found nearly 40 years ago in Brazil. The stone shows a rich blue-green color on one end with a wonderful pink hue on the other end and a beautiful colorless thin "Achroite" zone in the middle. Tourmaline is classified as a "Type 3" gemstone, as inclusions are almost always present, and accepted by dealers and collectors, so the slight inclusions in this gem are par for the course, and do not diminish the quality in my mind. I have to say that these stones are becoming harder and harder to find these days, and with so many gem Tourmalines coming out of Afghanistan and Africa lately, they are not dominating the market like they once did. This is a nice overall NATURALLY occurring tri-color gem that would make for a good piece of jewelry or even for a gift for somebody with an October birthday as Tourmaline along with Opal are the birthstones for that month.

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Tourmaline (Tri-color) from Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz140a.JPG] Tourmaline (Tri-color) from Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz140b.JPG]

Gemstone # TOURMBRAZ140
Name: Tourmaline (Tri-color)
Locality: Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Weight: 1.40 carats
Size: 8.23 x 4.42 mm
Price per Carat: $ 175.00 (=~ ¥ 19230.77)
Price For Stone: $ 245.00 (=~ ¥ 26923.08)
      Cut: Emerald
Color: Pink, Colorless and Green
Clarity: Very Slightly Included
Cut by Us: No
Availability: Available

Comments:

Tourmalines are some of the most diverse and popular gems out there. They're one of the few gems that occur in natural bi-color or tri-color stones as well. This beautiful stone was cut from a crystal found nearly 40 years ago in Brazil. The stone shows a wonderful pink color on one end, with a rich green color on the other end and a beautiful colorless thin "Achroite" zone in the middle. This gem has a very slight amount of inclusions, which are difficult to see with the naked eye, but remember that Tourmaline is classified as a "Type 3" gemstone, as inclusions are almost always present and accepted by dealers and collectors, so this stone is certainly above par for the material. I have to say that these stones are becoming harder and harder to find these days, and with so many gem Tourmalines coming out of Afghanistan and Africa lately, they are not dominating the market like they once did. This is a great NATURALLY occurring tri-color gem that would make for a wonderful piece of jewelry or even for a gift for somebody with an October birthday as Tourmaline along with Opal are the birthstones for that month.

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Tourmaline from Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz553a.JPG] Tourmaline from Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz553b.JPG]

Gemstone # TOURMBRAZ553
Name: Tourmaline
Locality: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Weight: 5.53 carats
Size: 19.79 x 6.31 mm
Price per Carat: $ 250.00 (=~ ¥ 27472.53)
Price For Stone: $ 1382.50 (=~ ¥ 151923.08)
      Cut: Emerald
Color: Green (with a slight blue overtone)
Clarity: Virtually Eye Clean
Cut by Us: NO
Availability: Available

Comments: A classic Brazilian Tourmaline dating back to finds from the 1980s. This material came to us from a friend who had been stashing them away for years. The enticing rich green color (with a slight blue overtone) combined with the superb clarity make for a top notch example of this hard to find material. My favorite aspect of this stone is the intense color which is by no means "black" as if often the case when it comes to certain green and blue Tourmalines. It also doesn't require strong lighting in order to see the color. Instead, it's saturated, but still glows even in modest lighting. Additionally, the gem is remarkably clean and I can't see any inclusions with the naked eye, though one might find something under 10x magnification. Keep in mind that Tourmaline is classified as a "Type-3" gemstone, so inclusions are almost always present. This is the same categorization as Emerald, which almost always have some kind of inclusions. When you have a very good sized gem like this combined with the beautiful color and outstanding clarity, it's a big deal for Tourmaline. I could see this gem as the center stone of a beautiful pendant!

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Tourmaline from Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz650a.JPG] Tourmaline from Minas Gerais, Brazil [./tourmgems119/tourmbraz650b.JPG]

Gemstone # TOURMBRAZ650
Name: Tourmaline
Locality: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Weight: 6.50 carats
Size: 28.03 x 6.01 mm
Price per Carat: $ 250.00 (=~ ¥ 27472.53)
Price For Stone: $ 1625.00 (=~ ¥ 178571.43)
      Cut: Emerald
Color: Blue-Green
Clarity: Virtually Eye Clean
Cut by Us: NO
Availability: Available

Comments: A classic Brazilian Tourmaline dating back to finds from the 1980s. This material came to us from a friend who had been stashing them away for years. The alluring mix of rich green and blue colors combined with the outstanding clarity make for a first-rate example of this hard to find material. My favorite aspect of this stone is the intense color which is by no means "black" as if often the case when it comes to certain green and blue Tourmalines. It also doesn't require strong lighting in order to see the color. Instead, it's saturated, but still glows even in modest lighting. Additionally, the gem is remarkably clean and I can't see any inclusions with the naked eye (the tiny spots in the photos are dust particles), though one might find something under 10x magnification. Keep in mind that Tourmaline is classified as a "Type-3" gemstone, so inclusions are almost always present. This is the same categorization as Emerald, which almost always have some kind of inclusions. When you have a very good sized gem like this combined with the beautiful color and outstanding clarity, it's a big deal for Tourmaline. I could see this gem as the center stone of a beautiful pendant!

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Tourmaline ( Tourmaline (

Gemstone # TOURMNIGERIA080
Name: Tourmaline ("Rubellite")
Locality: Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria
Weight: 0.80 carats
Size: 6.97 x 5.16 mm
Price per Carat: $ 125.00 (=~ ¥ 13736.26)
Price For Stone: $ 100.00 (=~ ¥ 10989.01)
      Cut: Oval Brilliant
Color: Rich Pinkish-Red
Clarity: Slightly Included
Cut by Us: NO
Availability: Available

Comments: Over 20 years ago some truly impressive crystals and gem rough started filtering out of Nigeria. These Tourmalines showed intense pink coloring, sometimes bordering on red "Rubellite" hues. This gem is a good example of how much fire and intensity these Nigerian Tourmalines can pack into a smaller sized stone. Even though this gem is less than 1 carat in weight, it's about as saturated as they come. In terms of the hue, the stone is honestly more red than pink, and even has a tiny bit of a purple overtone in certain lighting. It does have some slight inclusions which are honestly amplified in the photos, as it looks better in person. One could easily set this gem into a ring or pendant, or make a nice addition to a suite of faceted Tourmaline gems.

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Tourmaline (Unusual Bi-color) from Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria [./tourmgems119/tourmnigeria385a.JPG] Tourmaline (Unusual Bi-color) from Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria [./tourmgems119/tourmnigeria385b.JPG]

Gemstone # TOURMNIGERIA385
Name: Tourmaline (Unusual Bi-color)
Locality: Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria
Weight: 3.85 carats
Size: 9.27 x 7.73 mm
Price per Carat: $ 175.00 (=~ ¥ 19230.77)
Price For Stone: $ 673.75 (=~ ¥ 74038.46)
      Cut: Emerald
Color: Pinkish-Orange / Tan
Clarity: Nearly Eye Clean
Cut by Us: No
Availability: Available

Comments:

In addition to the fantastic Rubellite Tourmalines from Ofiki, there were also a smattering of oddly colored gems that show unusual warm hues. This gem is a great example of this less common material featuring a strange bi-color appearance with a mix of pinkish-orange and tan or beige hues depending upon the light. One could almost say that this stone resembles the sought after "tea" colored Tourmalines seen from places like Brazil and Mt. Mica, Maine. The gem shows a decent amount of pleochroism as well so you can find a different color from every direction. It's nearly eye clean with only one small inclusion that I can see with the naked eye. This is a special kind of collector's stone, as the coloring is unique and anybody who likes Tourmaline gems would want to add this one to their collection. These don't come along often, and is nearly impossible to replace because it's really a one-of-a-kind color combination that would be incredibly difficult to match.

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Tourmaline ( Tourmaline (

Gemstone # TOURMNIGERIA215
Name: Tourmaline ("Sunset Tourmaline")
Locality: Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria
Weight: 2.15 carats
Size: 9.03 x 7.38 mm
Price per Carat: $ 200.00 (=~ ¥ 21978.02)
Price For Stone: $ 430.00 (=~ ¥ 47252.75)
      Cut: Step Oval
Color: Orange
Clarity: Virtually Eye Clean
Cut by Us: NO
Availability: Available

Comments: Before the Tanzanian Tourmalines popularized the term "Sunset", there were a small amount of similarly colored stones that were found in Nigeria. The rich warm hues seen in these gems makes these stones very enticing for collectors. This gem has a wonderful coppery-orange hue, which is quite rare for Tourmaline. I would say that purple, yellow and orange are the rarest colors for Tourmaline, especially in stones over 1 carat, let alone 2 carats like this gem. Looking closely, I honestly cannot see any inclusions, which is significant for Tourmaline as "clean" gems are incredibly difficult to find. A wonderful rarely seen gem that would make a great addition to any faceted Tourmaline collection or as the center stone in a ring or pendant.

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Tourmaline from Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria [./tourmgems119/tourmnigeria204a.JPG] Tourmaline from Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria [./tourmgems119/tourmnigeria204b.JPG]

Gemstone # TOURMNIGERIA204
Name: Tourmaline
Locality: Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria
Weight: 2.04 carats
Size: 8.30 x 6.91 mm
Price per Carat: $ 200.00 (=~ ¥ 21978.02)
Price For Stone: $ 408.00 (=~ ¥ 44835.16)
      Cut: Step Oval
Color: Pinkish-Orange
Clarity: Virtually Eye Clean
Cut by Us: NO
Availability: Available

Comments: Tourmaline is beloved by collectors for its wide range of vivid colors. It is considered rare for Tourmaline from any locality to produce orange colored stones. We obtained this stone a few years ago from a friend who brought back the rough from Nigeria. The color is what really grabbed our attention. This gem is a beautiful, virtually eye clean gem with a lovely pinkish-orange color and slight peach highlights depending upon the angle at which the stone is viewed. One could say that the color in this stone is similar to the ever popular and highly sought after "Padparachsda" Sapphire gems, which can retail for high numbers. Tourmaline is classified as a "Type-3" gemstone (same category as Emerald) which means that clean stones are incredibly rare to find. So when you have a good sized gem such as this combined with the rare color and the superior clarity, it makes for a special stone.

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Tourmaline (unusual color) from Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria [./tourmgems119/tourmnigeria235a.JPG] Tourmaline (unusual color) from Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria [./tourmgems119/tourmnigeria235b.JPG]

Gemstone # TOURMNIGERIA235
Name: Tourmaline (unusual color)
Locality: Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria
Weight: 2.35 carats
Size: 7.54 mm
Price per Carat: $ 150.00 (=~ ¥ 16483.52)
Price For Stone: $ 352.50 (=~ ¥ 38736.26)
      Cut: Modified Round Brilliant
Color: Golden-Peach
Clarity: Virtually Eye Clean
Cut by Us: No
Availability: Available

Comments:

This is certainly a rarity for Tourmaline. I honestly can't remember seeing another Tourmaline gem with this particular hue. This gem came from a piece of rough that we acquired from a good friend who bought it at the source. It was the only piece with this odd golden-peach hue mixed among the more traditional pinks and less common orange colored material. When we got the parcel, my brother, Brett, pulled this one aside as he said he was going to be the one to facet it. The final result is this gorgeous Modified Round Brilliant cut gem with virtually eye clean clarity. Keep in mind that Tourmaline is classified as a "Type-3" gemstone, so inclusions are almost always present, and when you have a "clean" stone like this with such a unique color, it's a big deal. A great stone for any Tourmaline gemstone collector, and I think it would make for a special piece of jewelry with the custom cutting and incredibly hard to find color.

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Gemstone # TOURMAFG203
Name: Tourmaline ("Watermelon Slice")
Locality: Kunar Province, Afghanistan
Weight: 2.03 carats
Size: 9.39 x 9.06 mm
Price per Carat: $ 55.00 (=~ ¥ 6043.96)
Price For Stone: $ 111.65 (=~ ¥ 12269.23)
      Cut: N/A
Color: Green and Pink
Clarity: N/A
Cut by Us: NO
Availability: Available

Comments: Lots of people talk about "Watermelon" Tourmaline in terms of the simple combination of green and pink, but THIS is what a true "Watermelon" Tourmaline should look like. This is a beautiful polished slice of the highly sought after material as you can clearly see the outer green "rind" surrounding the light pink interior. The best part of the piece is that the outer "rind" is completely intact and not broken or chipped up! Typically we're used to seeing "Watermelon" Tourmalines from Brazil, but a contact overseas recently sold us a small parcel of these beautiful polished slices that came out of Afghanistan last year. This piece is the best slice from the lot. A wonderful piece for any collector of this material. Also a great specimens for jewelry / wire wrapping!

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Tourmaline (Bi-color) from Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./tourmgems119/tourmafg169a.JPG] Tourmaline (Bi-color) from Nuristan Province, Afghanistan [./tourmgems119/tourmafg169b.JPG]

Gemstone # TOURMAFG169
Name: Tourmaline (Bi-color)
Locality: Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Weight: 1.69 carats
Size: 7.60 x 6.34 mm
Price per Carat: $ 100.00 (=~ ¥ 10989.01)
Price For Stone: $ 169.00 (=~ ¥ 18571.43)
      Cut: Emerald
Color: Pink and Green
Clarity: Very Slightly Included
Cut by Us: NO
Availability: Available

Comments: Tourmalines are some of the most diverse and popular gems out there. They're one of the few gems that occur in natural bi-color stones as well. Many of the bi-color Tourmalines on the market today are Afghani in origin, and remain as some of the most attractive in the gem world. This particular gem was cut from a piece of rough found a few years ago in Afghanistan. The stone shows a soft pastel pink color throughout most of the stone and a gentle green color on the other end. There are a few slight inclusions, but Tourmaline is classified as a "Type-3" gemstone, and inclusions are almost always present. These inclusions are accepted by dealers and collectors, so when you find a stone like this, especially a bi-color gem, the minor inclusions are forgivable. It is a great naturally occurring bi-color gem for your collection. There are not many natural bi-color gems out there, and Tourmalines not only continue to increase in popularity, but in value as well, as we have seen the price increase nearly every year for the last 15 years.

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Gemstone # TOURMAFG336
Name: Tourmaline ("Indicolite") (Cat's Eye)
Locality: Laghman Province, Afghanistan
Weight: 3.36 carats
Size: 9.92 x 8.25 mm
Price per Carat: $ 75.00 (=~ ¥ 8241.76)
Price For Stone: $ 252.00 (=~ ¥ 27692.31)
      Cut: Cushion Cabochon
Color: Blue
Clarity: N/A
Cut by Us: No
Availability: Available

Comments:

Cat's Eye gems are not as common as one might think. Cat's Eye stones are created by orienting the stone perpendicular to the tiny fibrous inclusions inside the gem which in turn reflect the light causing an "eye" to appear. Tourmalines are well-known to have very distinctive fibrous inclusions, and make for some of the best Cat's Eye gems. This attractive cushion cabochon cut Indicolite Tourmaline gem has a rich steel blue color with a good quality "eye" across the stone. The "eye" itself is sharp and shows up well with strong lighting. The stone was photographed using a strong pen light to show off the "eye" better. The clarity is translucent for all intents and purposes, but it's a slightly gemmier than your average Cat's Eye stone. Indicolites are well-known in the gem world, but they're often so dark that they look black, but this gem shows good color without needing to be blasted with light.

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Tourmaline (unique color) from Alto Ligonha District, Zambezia Province, Mozambique [./tourmgems119/tourmmoz212a.JPG] Tourmaline (unique color) from Alto Ligonha District, Zambezia Province, Mozambique [./tourmgems119/tourmmoz212b.JPG]

Gemstone # TOURMMOZ212
Name: Tourmaline (unique color)
Locality: Alto Ligonha District, Zambezia Province, Mozambique
Weight: 2.12 carats
Size: 7.82 x 7.52 mm
Price per Carat: $ 175.00 (=~ ¥ 19230.77)
Price For Stone: $ 371.00 (=~ ¥ 40769.23)
      Cut: Trillion Brilliant
Color: Golden / Yellow / Green
Clarity: Nearly Eye Clean
Cut by Us: No
Availability: Available

Comments:

Tourmalines are beloved by dealers and collectors for their intense colors in various shades. Mozambique has produced a good number of excellent Tourmalines over the years, but richly colored material is difficult to find these days. This stone was faceted from a piece of rough acquired by my father decades ago from Manuel Bettencourt Dias. Manuel brought back some excellent specimens from Alto Ligonha after fleeing Mozambique when the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) overthrew the government in the 1970s. This stone has a lovely Trillion Brilliant cut with a unique "honey gold" color, which actually shows a bit of pleochroism, similar to that of Andalusite with slight golden, orange, greenish and yellow hues. Honestly, the gem shows different colors in different lighting, and even changes depending upon the angle which it is viewed. It is nearly eye clean, (VERY very slightly included) and would make a great addition to a gem collection. Tourmaline is classified as a "Type 3" gemstone, as inclusions are almost always present (same categorization as Emerald), and accepted by dealers and collectors, so when you find a nearly clean stone like this, it's a real treat. It's hard to find good faceted gems from Alto Ligonha, and the mixture of colors in this stone is certainly unique and desirable.

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