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
Look below the faceted gemstone to view what the rough looked like
0.94ct Oval Tourmaline, Slight Color Shift, Unique Color
U.S. Cut (eagt-03-01c) $188
4.09ct Round Tourmaline
A nicely faceted tourmaline with all kinds of colors displaying
depending on the angle of viewing and the lights present. 10mm in diameter
4.92ct, Neon GLOWING Pink Oval Tourmaline (mad-03-03) Nicely Cut. If
only this material was still available and at a good price, we would buy as
much as we could! $3,444 (Doesn't brown out under incandescent!) Measures
A - 1.44ct Wonderful Blue-Green Square Cut Tourmaline, U.S.
Cut (norgem-98b-7c) $864
B - 4.02ct Green-Blue Fancy Emerald Cut Tourmaline, U.S.
Cut (norgem-98b-8c) $2,613 Small inclusions - Again, expected of some of
the fine blue-green, green-blue bright tourmaline.
A - 3.54ct Trilliant Golden Tourmaline, U.S. Cut
B - 2.99ct Greenish Gold Round Tourmaline, U.S. Cut (rckmin-96-01d)
C - 5.99ct Trilliant Deep Smoky Gold Tourmaline, U.S. Cut
Stones above may have some small inclusions, but they are
not that noticeable without magnification.
3.97ct Bright Neony Blue Tourmaline
This material displays a bright blue under incandescent and sunlight, and
a more subdued blue under incandescent. This gem was faceted from the
rough by our U.S. Cutters. There may be some small inclusions within the
stone, but nothing that detracts from the beauty - note that this is
typically expected when one finds a color like this in tourmaline. A
Paraiba look-a-like! Far less saturated blue, but still neony, fetches
$2,000/ct (wholesale) in Thailand. This is faceted not only in the US and
the cutting is superior to most cutting done in Thailand, but the
inclusions are small and the color is head and shoulders above the color
just described that is occasionally seen in the gemstone buying offices
in Thailand. (norgem-98b-c1) $6,948
Tourmaline from the famous Golconda Tourmaline Mine - Decades Old
Material! Location, Location, Location!
A - 3.70ct Emerald Cut Blue Golconda Tourmaline, U.S. Cut (atoz-97a-01e)
B - 4.61ct Opposed Bar Green Golconda Tourmaline, U.S. Cut (atoz-97a-01f)
$3,688 Small inclusions not affecting appearance. A VERY bad photo, as it
is a super green, with lots of sparkle and high polish!
4.34ct Elongated Emerald Cut Tourmaline
U.S. Faceted (nur-unk-97-1b) $3,038 Some small
A - 1.28ct Oval Blue Tourmaline (igl-92-02a) $640
B - 3.85ct Elongated Fancy Cut Tourmaline, U.S. Cut
C - 3.04ct Emerald Cut Deep Green Tourmaline, U.S. Cut
Might have small inclusions but not detrimental to
A - 0.85ct Blue/Green Trilliant Tourmaline, U.S. Cut
B - 2.54ct Half Oval Blue Tourmaline, Midnight blue and
Sapphire Blue - very unique color! U.S. Cut (kybrimp-97-02) $1,397
Green Blue or Blue Green Tourmaline - U.S Faceted
The gemstones below will color shift under different lights.
Typically, under fluorescent lights, the color is subdued, pastel or
lighter. Under sunlight or incandescent light, the colors are much
brighter and some are neony. The photos below where photographed
under office fluorescent lights. Note also that these colors
typically have some inclusions but none of the stones below have
anything that is detrimental. These gemstones are also highly
dichroic so turning the gemstone slightly may give an entirely
different color such as blue, green and variations of those colors.
You can see this natural physical characteristic of tourmaline in the
photos below .
A - 1.83ct Blue Green Elongated Tourmaline, U.S. Cut
B - 2.60ct Opposed Bar Cut Blue Tourmaline , U.S. Cut
C - 3.40ct Emerald Cut Green Blue Tourmaline , U.S. Cut
2.86ct Elongated Emerald Cut Green Blue Tourmline
Depending on the lights, the angle at which this tourmaline
is viewed from or even the angle at which the stone is tilted, one gets a
number of different colors from this gemstone. Read the text in the
preceding table above for more information. U.S. Cut (norgem-98b-c5)
A - 3.57ct Fan Shaped Intense Pink Nigerian Tourmaline,
(precgem-00-1a) Just and incredible color and sparkle and doesn't brown
out. $3,213Cut by the award winning
John Dyer many years ago before
he was well known!
B - 2.25ct Elongated Green-Blue Tourmaline, Brazil,
4.93ct Bluish Green Tourmaline
This tourmaline picks up different colors depending on the
available light. It can be a bright bluish green to a deeper blue green.
The cutting style on this piece is unique and has a nice play of light.
There is a stress fracture deep in the stone which can be seen in the
photos. This is very typical of tourmaline and in this case, it should not
affect the setting of the gemstone and it is not very visible due to the
cutting and scintillation of the stone when it is being moved around or
being worn as a piece of jewelry. The line that is visible in the photo
above is what is being described. It is evident in the photos since the
photo is still and the fine faceting of the piece is not sparkling. In looking at this
piece with glasses that are 2x, it is difficult to find.
For the size of the stone, along with the color and the cutting, the price
is very reasonable. $1,972 (fivlgem-96-01)
2.33ct Deep Pink Round Tourmaline, U.S. Cut (precgem-99-1k) - $932
2.83ct Octagon Deep Pink Tourmaline, U.S. Cut (alcush-96-01d) - $1,451
4.52ct Emerald Cut Tourmaline, Slight Color Shift, U.S. Cut
4.85ct Opposed Bar Mix, Dusty Rose to Hot Pink Tourmaline!! (alcush-96c-1a) $2,789
0.68ct Round Neony Blue Tourmaline - $500
4.99ct Oval Rubellite (Red Tourmaline - Brasil), a few small visible inclusions (typical of this species).
It is not a very lively gemstone, but what one obtains is a nice deep Ruby color which is what one desires from this Tourmaline species/group.
Prices for Rubellites (with the expected inclusions) keep going up and up!
For the size and color - RUBY Red (this would be a gemstone that shows where Rubellite got it's name), which doesn't brown out, this is another very much underpriced gem!
There is also a story behind this gem - it was purchased from an associate of a business contact of the owner
of All That Glitters - this was one of the personal gems of this person, but he was forced to sell it as he needed to
have an operation on his throat as he could only speak in a whisper at the time. It was purchased to help him obtain funds
but we are certainly glad to have this gem in inventory!
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 or microscope - not your unaided eye.
Under normal conditions, these inclusions may not be
Not responsible for mismatches of prices, photos, stocknumbers, etc.
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