Gemstones - Tourmaline

Since 1981, we have been bullish on Tourmaline due to the hardness, color range, size, rarity and low price. Over the past few years, larger and/or finer colors of Tourmaline have started selling for $1000+/ct on both the retail and wholesale markets. Higher priced material prior to this time frame was Paraiba Tourmaline (1989) and more recently, the deposits of the wonderfully colored Mozambique Tourmaline (2006 +/-) which has essentially disappeared from the market as the mine/locality has not been producing as it once had. (A small parcel of very fine Mozambique Tourmaline rough was offered to All That Glitters from the mine owner in 2013 at a value of $1,100,000.)


large concave cut chrome tourmaline
large concave cut chrome tourmaline
A gorgeous glowing green concave cut 4.99ct pear shaped Chrome Tourmaline. Large for Chrome Tourmaline and a great shape for a ring, pendant and more. The first photo was taken using a light ring which provides consistent illumination and the second photo is just under office fluorescent lights. The saturated color of the second photo is more of what the eye sees, being a rich what we would call, chrome green. True Chrome Tourmaline is not that common and larger gemstones in this size are even less common. Based on what we've seen as well as our cutter as far as wholesale pricing of Chrome Tourmalines of this size and smaller, we would expect the price for this size in a retail store to be about $1,500ct - and for a unique gemstone which is concave cut and by an AGTA Cutting Competition multi-award winner, this price would be low and would be expected to be actually much higher. The rough for this piece was very similar to rough we gave to Dalan Hargrave, with which he created a 5.05ct finished finished gemstone in his Starlight Cut. The pear shape pictured here is approximately 13.17x10.15ex6.33mm. (then-16-02b) $4,491
(Both of these recently faceted Chrome Tourmalines are a good value due to size, color, clarity and those credited for their expert cutting skills/talent.)
Chrome Tourmaline Freeform Faceted by Dalan Hargrave
chrome tourmaline faceted by Dalan Hargrave
Our Chrome Tourmaline Rough faceted by Multi-Award Winning Dalan Hargrave! Weighs 5.05cts. This design and low profile will make this easy to set as it won't be high in a ring pendant, etc. The shape will allow goldsmiths to create something very unique and incorporate their designing skills. (then-16-02a) $4,419 ($875/ct - considering the cost of Chrome Tourmaline, the unique design as well as the cutter, this shouldn't last long!...
We have multiple photos of this piece; click on the links for the desired photos:
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Dalan discusses this particular cutting design and his philosophies:
"StarLight Cut Chrome Tourmaline - cut for L. Allen Brown(All That Glitters). This is a style of cutting I began doing in 1999 because it is my artist creed to never copy the work of others. It's my belief all true artist would never want to since they have so much pride in their own creative expression to even want to come close to the body of work others are doing. Ethics and optics are the first thing each of the people who come here to Shepherds Ranch study before we even start classes on cutting. I have enormous respect for the true innovators in this modern day fantasy cut gemstone movement and I always strive to be original."
Over the years, Dalan Hargrave has garnered over 80 awards for his cutting. His talent has been recognized by numerous awards including the AGTA Cutting Edge Competitions of the past, as well as recently in 2016! All true artists pay special attention to the fine details as a matter of pride in their own work. That crisp detail cannot be matched by mass production lapidaries. To own a genuine Dalan Hargrave creation is to own a piece initially created by a higher power in nature and then fashioned with care, attention and experience to produce a treasured 'gem' for the ages.
nuristani blue green concave cut tourmaline
2.65ct Green Blue Tourmaline, concave faceted. You can see the dichroic property of Tourmaline, showing a nice light blue and a deep green on the different axes. This was shot with a fluorescent ring light and though there is sparkle/brilliance when this gemstone is viewed, the color saturation is deeper/darker than the photo. Should this gemstone not be what the new owner was expecting or likes, we have our unique 7 Day Return Policy (for any reason) as well as our Life Time Guarantee. (nrstngm-97a-4) $1,590
blue and pink bicolor cat's eye tourmaline
Unique Blue and Pink Bicolor Tourmaline (weighing 93pts) that is also a Cat's Eye - very nice colors as well as a very sharp eye! Colors are not accurate in the photo - expect to see a nice blue and light/medium pink transparent gem in person. (neg-16-01) $465
We posted this photo in a group on Facebook and it received many comments; many of these comments are from those in the gemstone trade. Had we listed the price or had a link to our website, this would have sold.... "nice; Very nice!!; Unique!; This is amazing!; wow.; Oh wow!; Unbelievable!; It's beautiful and hard to believe that it came from the ground.; I'd keep this one. Another like it would likely never been found again.; Wow, very pretty.; Wow lovely piece.; Absolutely stunning! Very Rare too!; Love!!!; wow!; I'll take two. Awesome!!!"
orangy cat's eye tourmaline from madagascar
Large Cat's Eye Tourmaline with very sharp eye, and of unique color - a light orange from Madagascar. Some inclusions on the side (can be seen in the photo), typical for many bicolors and cat's eyes, but it is on the side and doesn't affect the eye or integrity. Photo doesn't do this gemstone justice as the eye is not clearly shown as it was photographed in diffused light. In incandescent light, the eye is VERY sharp and the color is intensified. Weighs 6.31cts! (mnrk-16-03) $789
pink tourmaline 'eye' from burma
This material occasionally is seen in the market - in this case, it is pink tourmaline (Burmese) which gives the appearance of an eye. (mnrk-16-05) $275
greenish-blue to blue concave faceted tourmaline
Blue Tourmaline with some green highlights, emerald shape weighing 3.44cts from Nuristan, hand carved by our cutter. (nrstngm-97a-3) $3,096
blue green trilliant tourmaline from namibia
A 2.39ct trilliant blue-green/green-blue Tourmaline from Namibia. Trilliants, when properly faceted, provide a bigger bang for the buck as they say, as the surface area and size of the gemstone look far larger than the actual carat weight. This color is a blue-green, with more hints of blue depending on the lights as we believe the side axis is more blue. It certainly is brilliant, clean and just a beautiful gem. We did look at perhaps 10,000 or more gemstones during our recent trip abroad, and this is the only Tourmaline that was purchased. We purchased approximately 1% of all the gemstones that were viewed during our 30 day trip - this is one of those we deemed to have the characterstics of gemstones that we seek for inventory. (kjcl-15a-13) $1,912
More Gems from the Vault
30+ years old! Priced to Move at mid-1980s Pricing...
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Tourmaline, 2 pieces totaling 3.44cts (gem-31-09) $275
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Tourmaline parcel, 7 pieces weighing 3.70cts, Blue, Blue/Green (gem-31-06) $445
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Parcel of Bicolor Brasilian Tourmaline, 9 pieces weighing 8.92cts (amf-03) $714
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Two Trilliant Tourmalines of a deep pink, reddish color, weighing a total of 1.06cts. Decades old and originated in Brasil during one of our initial trips.
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A Brasilian Bicolor Tourmaline (3.05cts), with a greenish color in the upper left hand corner as well as on the right hand side. As expected, this has inclusions as most do in this color and timeframe. Decades old and originated in Brasil during one of our initial trips. $300
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A nice Golden Yellow Color of Tourmaline, weighing 1.93cts faceted by our cutters. The photo doesn't capture the true color. We have seen similar material in Tucson selling for very high numbers, with some calling it Canary Tourmaline. Under magnification, you can see a veil; in one corner a rainbow interference pattern can be seen when the light is just right. Offered at a great price - $ 579; (unk-13-01)
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1.58ct Namibian Blue Tourmaline, well cut, clean. Color is a wonderful blue color and will be brighter under some lights. (jdbkk-12-01) Only $1,106
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Matched Pair of Nuristani Tourmalines faceted by our cutters from rough that is about 15 years old. Small inclusions but not really visible with the unaided eye. Typical of this material. Tourmaline or gemstones from this area is and has been in short supply. This material was brought down from the high elevations via mountain men using pack mules decades ago. This is a good matched pair of Tourmaline for earrings or similar use. The main body color is a blue, and the ends show green - pretty typical for this color, this locality and for Tourmaline in general due to the dichroic property of this gemstone. The right hand gem of the right hand photo shows more blue because of the angle, as compared to its match on the left. Again, this is a good match, and one will see blue and green depending on the viewing angle as well as when the gems move. Total carat weight for the pair is 4.47cts. (norgem-98b-1b)
Initial Public Offering Price of $2,458 for the pair
Pink Tourmaline from the Stewart Lithia Mine, California
We were lucky enough to find some rough Tourmaline from this famous mine. People we were visiting had bought some large parcels of this material that was unearthed decades ago by a miner who in now in his 90s. (We later learned that the miner was the well known and respected Ed Swoboa!) We have never had a California Tourmaline in inventory before, but know how collectible and sought after it can be, and the high prices we have seen it sell for, even with lots of inclusions! Buying it from the current source was too tempting as this material hadn't seen the light of day for maybe 50 years, so we had to choose two of the nicest pieces and facet them for our customers!
stewart mine tourmaline rough
Left hand rough above produced the emerald cut below Right hand rough above produced the oval cut below
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A - 5.05ct Bright Deep Pink U.S. Faceted Tourmaline from the Famous Stewart Lithia Mine in California. Unlike many pieces seen from this locality, the color is really deep and it doesn't have as many inclusions and it is US Cutting! With 2x glasses, the inclusions seen in the closeup photography in the above photo, is not apparent. This is also a case where inclusions can help identify natural origin as well as perhaps the location in the future. $2,778 (ovml-12-04a)
B - Another Faceted Tourmaline from the Famous Stewart Lithia Mine. It is a pale pink and also facetd here in the U.S. It does have inclusions as one can see, but it is priced at a very affordable price per carat considering the size, cutting, locality, etc. $482 for this large 4.82ct Stewart Tourmaline. Note the color is better than that shown in the photos - has the look of Pink Ice or a nice light pink Sapphire that we sold to a dealer a few years ago. (ovml-12-04b)
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Here is a nice 4.88ct Orangy Round Tourmaline from a fairly new find in Africa, recently faceted by one of our U.S. Cutters. It does have inclusions, but due to the faceting, the brilliance of this gem tends to dazzle the eye and hide the issues. (You can see one of the inclusions at 1 o'clock. If one sees this as a detraction, this is a great area to place a prong and the inclusion will disappear!) Again, with the All That Glitters Satisfaction Guarantee, if you do not like it for any reason, it can be returned within 7 Days! (We have seen colors that were not as pure as this from dealers in Africa and the wholesale price was hundreds per carat - making this another bargain for its size, color, cutting, shape and price....) (pgit-12-01) $1,464
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A Blue-Green Bicolor Tourmaline! Intially, ones impression will be a green or blue color, but when one looks closer, it becomes obvious it is very much a bicolor! This unique piece weighs 2.28ct and has a pleasing elongated cushion shape. (ed-89-04) $1,254
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2.94ct Round U.S. faceted Nigerian Tourmaline of a Fuchsia color. Approx 8.8x6.9mm (precgem-99-1j) $1,176
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A 56.35ct Tourmaline Slice of Clear, Various Greens and Black - mercedes symbol internally? Possible, this came from the country known for this - Madagascar. Another very unique natural gemstone! You can see some stress lines in areas where there is a color change which is typical in Tourmaline Slices (this includes Watermelon Slices and Bicolors). It has not been repaired and should be fine unless dropped on a hard surface - but that is true of even diamonds! Approximately 29.93x29.29x5.37mm (madgem-10-01b) $949
Incredible Blue Tourmaline from Brasil - This is what INDICOLITE should look like!
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2.89ct Oval Blue Tourmaline Oval (vstgm-10-03a) $3,468 (color is reminiscent of our Super Blue Zircon!) The color is incredible! (A similarly colored matched pair was sold to a dealer in Slovakia for a special project!)

We currently have 10 Tourmaline Related Pages you may wish to visit:
Tourmaline 1
Tourmaline 2
Tourmaline 3
Tourmaline 4
Tourmaline 5
Bicolors
Maine
Mozambique (Various Colors) - May Contain Cuprian Examples
Mozambique (Purple) - May Contain Cuprian Examples
Paraiba

Note: Magnification and bright lighting is required to photograph gemstones.  Some inclusions may be visible under these circumstances. You are viewing photographs as if you were using a loupe - not your unaided eye.  Under normal conditions, these inclusions may not be visible.

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