A beautiful, sparking greenish blue Montana sapphire.
A nice, big dichroic Oregon Sunstone that shows a bit better color with more green in persont.
A nice sized Tanzanian tsavorite type grossular garnet.
This sapphire has a very nice teal blue to blue color depending on the lighting.
A sparking medium blue sapphire from Rock Creek, Montana, U.S.A..
A pair of flashy Oyo tourmalines that may be copper bearing, but have not been tested by a gem lab. The crystal was slightly more blue on one end than the other, so they are probably matched closely enough for earrings, but maybe not for side stones in a ring.
A sparkling pair of custom matched tourmalines cut together from halves of a single crystal.
A very nice danburite from Mexico that I cut in an interesting opposed bar design that gives it kind of a pixellated brilliance.
This peridot has extremely nice color and sparkle. It has a few little inclusions, but they are not very noticeable at normal viewing distances.
A very pretty pink spinel that has an interesting color shift from being purplish pink under some indoor light, reddish pink in some daylight and baby pink under incandescent light. This stone displays strong fluorescence uder UV light. It also looks pretty good for a stone with a shallow crown and faces up to be a nice size for what it weighs.
A rare and stunning Leuco garnet from Tanzania in a one-of-a-kind fancy cut.
A nice sized rhodlite with great clarity and a deep pinkish red color that becomes a vibrant bright red under incandescent light.
In spite of having some micro specks in it, this goshenite actually looks pretty clean in person without magnification. Video is a much better representation than the photo. I cut this one in a modified round brilliant that has 8 frosted facets added to both the top and bottom.
An unusual cut, beautiful color and very nice streaks of copper schiller platelets.
This tsavorite type green grossular garnet from Tanzania has a pretty good color and looks a lot cleaner in person, appearing eye clean most of the time at normal viewing distances. The video is a much better representation of it than the photo.
A pretty good, traditional darker blue sapphire that shows very nice blue flashes in sunlight.
A sparkling Rock Creek sapphire with a pleasing mix of bright and medium blue colors.
This Montana sapphire from Rock Creek can show almost tourmaline-like neon blue-green at times, and is more blue in natural daylight.
A beautiful, deep purple amethyst with magenta flashes and a strong color shift toward magenta under incandescent light.
A very pretty pink tourmaline that seems to be eye clean, even though it has some inclusions under magnfication. The c-axis also has a nice purple tint to it.
I purchased this stone from a gemologist and did a partial recut on the bottom and total repolishing of the crown.
This sunstone is my latest experimental design for cutting a “sunny” looking sunstone.
In brighter light, such as sunlight, this tourmaline looks like a deep blue sapphire with a secondary green tone. I purchased the rough stone from a rock shop and it was in a parcel of material marked as being from Brazil. The clarity is comparable to the average Brazilian rubellite. It has some stuff in it, but nothing obnoxious or distracting
A nice, clean malaya type garnet from Tanzania. RI is about 1.755.
Cut from a single crystal, these stones do show a slight diference in color saturation, so probably best suited for a pair of earrings.
A very pretty, slightly greenish blue color that indicolite tourmalines and blue zircons dream of being!
A sparkling pair of very light pink tourmalines that can pass as white or achroite at times.
This sapphire has a very nice color in daylight that is sort of a rich sky blue.
This untreated sapphire has a custom design and a vey pretty minty green color. In person, it appears eye clean most of the time in normal viewing conditions.
This stone has a very good yellow color and in spite of having some crystal inclusions, it looks reasonably clean under normal viewing conditions.
A nice sunstone with good clarity and a pleasing reddish orange color!
This Montana sapphire has great color, clarity and sparkle!
A sparkling tourmaline from Nigeria that has a Paraiba-like glowing blue-green colorl!
A spectacular pair of pink tourmalines cut identically, together, from two halves of a single crystal!
This sapphire has a very nice blue color and great brilliance!
A great example of the beauty of copper schiller! This stone has not only a very nice peachy orange color, but also beautiful layers of copper schiller oriented to display nicely as you move the stone around. I could have cut this from a different angle and ended up with a stone close to eye clean, but these feather-like streaks of copper schiller are just too cool to hide!
A beautiful sunstone that is sometimes pinkish orange and sometimes closer to a red color, depending on the lighting.
This Rock Creek sapphire is mostly yellow, with some pastel blue areas under magnification, but looks yellow overall in person under normal viewing conditions.
A beautiful, glowing tourmaline from Nigeria.
A Spectacular pink spinel that displays great spectral color flashes and strong fluorescence under UV light (see video).
This aqua has pretty good color and a fun design that I used to recut this from a commercially cur oval that had a big window in it.
A beautiful, padparadscha color spinel that shows strong fluorescents under UV black light as seen in the video. .
This rhodolite is a deeper pink-red colored stone that I cut in a sort of cross between an arrowhead and a pear shape. I guess one might call it a “pearowhead”.
A nicely brilliant Montana sapphire that is mostly a minty blue-green color with some bright blue coming in from two sides (the c-axis).
This sunstone shifts from being a light peach color in daylgiht to a stronger pink-orange under incandesdcent light. The color spot also has a faint green halo, so it’s a bit of a watermelon.
This sapphire shows mostly a royal blue color with some lighter blue flashes mixed in and a little yellow spot in the middle.
A nicely colored, good sized Oregon sunstone that I cut in a one-of-a-kind cushion design. It has some copper schiller streaks in it, but no other big flaws that I could see.
An awesome natural zircon that is at its best under indoor incandescent light where it displays a very nice peachy pink color and lots of diamond-like spectral color flashes.
A nice malaya type garnet that has a moderate color shift from being pinkish medium orange to bright red depending on the lighting.
A spectactular big aquamaerine that has good, slightly greenish medium light blue color and a surprising amount of dispersion or spectral color flashes. The cut is a large stone barion cushion design from the Antique Cushions book by Long and Steele. This was recut from a larger stone that was purchased from a retiring gemologist, so I don’t know what the origin is.
A spectactular big aquamaerine that has good, slightly greenish medium light blue color and a surprising amount of dispersion or spectral color flashes. The cut is a large stone barion cushion design from the Antique Cushions book by Long and Steele. This was recut from a larger stone that was purchased from a retiring gemologist, so I don’t know what the origin is.
A nice, clean Himalaya Mine tourmaline that has a baby pink on one end and a richer pink on the other!
A diamond-like Tanzanian grossular garnet that has a wonderful, bright almost most white color and lots of sparkle!
This Songea sapphire has shows an odd assortment of colors in daylight, LED and probably fluorescent light. It’s a golden olive green color that sometimes shows some blue-green flashes and sometimes some purple in the ends. Under incandescent light, it has about a 70% color change to being a pink purple color.
This stone has a moderate color change from being a sort of grayish blue-yellow parti color in most light to a lavendar purplish pink under incandescent light. I tried to video the color change, and it shows a bit, but not as much as it shows in person.
A genuine chrome tourmaline from Tanzania that displays ruby red flashes under a chelsea filter. If this one isn’t the perfect green color for this material, it’s extremely close. In person, the flaws in this stone are faint and very hard to spot without magnification.
A spectacular white grossular garnet from Tanzania. The bottom is cut with a modified brilliant design and the top is a supernova oval pattern. This gem looks very diamond-like in person.
This sapphire has a nice, deeper blue color, but priced affordably because it’s a bit darker than most people prefer.
A very nice pink zircon that has great spectral color flashes or dispersin and an even nicer color under incandescent light.
This is a spectacular color for a rhodolite or Umbalite type of garnet.. It also shows very good dispersive spectral color flashes in person.
This is a very nice bright red Malaya type garnet from Tanzania. Under incandescent light, it looks almost like a slightly pinkish spessartite garnet!
A stunning blue color and a stylish Old European style cut!
A very nice, untreated, natural Australian zircon. This stone had a mild peachy pink tint in the rough and it is more just a slightly tinted white color now. It may display some pink though in low light conditions..
A stunning blue sapphire with great brilliance. The color of the photo is more accurate than that in the video, with is a bit too greenish.
A genuine chrrome tourmaline that shows lots of red flashes under a chelsea filter. This thing is GREEN and a color most tsavorite garnets would aspire to be.
This Songea sapphire is a bit of a bi-color and has a moderate to strong color change from an olive green or blue green under daylight LED bulbs to a very nice purple under incandescent light. In cloudy daylight it’s a lightly brownish purple color. I will check it today to see how it looks under fluorescent light, where I suspect it will turn a fairly nice blue-green color. More to follow..
A nice size Tanzanian tsavorite type garnet It has some typical veil or fingerprint inclusions, but still a nice stone for the price!
A sparkling Tanzanian version of a tsavorite or green grossular garnet .
A verry pretty sapphire that usually displays a stunning grape purple color, but also can shift toward blue or pinkish at times .
This sunstone was a bit of an experiment in a new way to add some facets to the bottom of a standard round brilliant design. It seems to be oddly dispersive for a sunstone. There is a wee bit of copper schiller in this one, but it doesn’t seem to show when the stone if face up or without magnification .
A stunning matched pair of goshenite beryls cut from halves of a single stone so they are an exact color match. They were also cut togethe using an identical design an angles .
This stone has nice color and overall good clarity. There is a flaw that surfaced on the crown in the lower left of the photo, but I’m not able to spot it very easily without magnification. This one is a great bargain stone and priced low because someone might see that little flaw, though hardly anyone would ever notice it. .
A sparkling aquamarine with good color. It has a small included area on one side that doesn’t show much in person. The video below gives a much better idea of what the stone looks like than the photo above .
A spectacular garnet that s comparable to an Umbalite or Tanga garnet (and may actually be one of those) .
This morganite has great brilliance and is from a fairly rare origin as most morganites from Afghanistan are too included for faceting. This one has some flaws in one end that show in direct sunlight, but it’s usually eye clean in most indoor or softer light. The color is a very light pastel pink, rather than the peach pink found in stones from Brazil or Africa. It’s barely pink enough though to call a morganite rather than a goshenite or white beryl.
A deep green tourmaline that looks almost like a tsavorite garnet. It can also show some medium blue-green flashes from side angles.
This sapphire is untreated and shows a slight to moderate color change toward pink in some indoor lighting, which is very rare for a Montana sapphire. It only seems to do it once in awhile though.
This is a fairly rare white grossular garnet with a slight yellowish tint, about like a K or J color diamond .
A very nice, raspberry reddish pink rhodolite garnet !
A nice color for a smaller aquamarine !
A very pretty sapphire with a sometimes purplish Ceylon blue color. It has a few thin veils and a tiny bit of silk, but as you can see from the video below, they are not very noticeable . This would make a great, affordable engagement ring stone!
A beautiful aquamarine with a stronger color in person than in the photo.The movie below is a better example of th ecolor for this one.
This topaz has a light peachy or pinkish golden yellow color that shifts more toward pink in lower light, and more toward yellow under brighter light.
A flashy peridot with a bright, pleasing green color.
A wonderfully brilliant white beryl.
An unusual color change garnet that goes from an almost blue tinted steel gray color under daylight fluorescent to an odd purplish, brownish yelllow under normal fluorescent to hot pink under incandescent light.
A gorgeous, sparkling sky blue natural sapphire.
A beautiful baby pink tourmaline from the Himalaya Mine in Southern California.
A one-of-a-kind sunstone with convex curved and flat facets on both the top and bottom.
An untreated sapphire from the Gem Mountain mine in Montana, U.S.A. .
A wonderful pink rhodolite cut with a fancy brilliant pavilion and a sawtooth style crown .
A very pretty sapphire that has great clarity for being unheated. The color is a very Ceylon-like deeper sky blue .
A beautiful Tunduru spinel with a strong color shift from blue to purple, depending on the light source .
A classic raspberry color rhodolite garnet with great clarity and a good amount of spectral color flashes or dispersion in brighter lighting conditions. Shifts to a very hot pinkish red color under incandescent light.
This bi-color Montana sapphire looks a lot like a light yellow dieamond in person. It has great clarity and flashy brilliance.
A nice sized color change garnet that goes from grape purple under daylight fluorescent to pinkish purple under daylight and intense magenta reddish pink under incandescent lighting . It has some typical silk that may show slightly in direct sunlight but is eye clean otherwise. This stone is a bit darker than ideal, so it’s about half the price it woul be if it were just a little bit brighter.
An extermely nice pink tourmaline cut with a modified brilliant oval design on the bottom and a supernova crown . The color is a very stable baby pink with good dispersion in sunlight.
A sparkling OEC aquamarine from an uncommon origin for aqua .
This sunstone was cut from the second and final half of the darkest red Oregon sunstone I’ve ever seen, and I used to live in Oregon and have looked through hundreds of kilos of sunstone rough. It has quite a bit of copper schiller in it, but I cut it to minimize the appearance of the schiller and maximize clarity, though it shows well from side angles. In person, people will likely assume this is a pigeon blood red Burma ruby. Video gives a better idea of what it looks like than the photo does.
A very pretty goshenite white beryl that would make a great ring or pendant stone! In person, this goshenite shows a good amound of diamond-like spectral color flashes.
A very interesting tourmaline that has a rolling flash pattern of small squares that looks almost like computer pixels.
This is a sparkling tourmaline that may be cuprian, but has not been tested by a gem lab .
A flashy zircon that looks very much like a chocolate diamond .
A pretty spessartite with a bright medium orange color .
An extremely nice example of a dichroic Oregon sunstone that is primarily a pleasing sage green with rich orange flashes in the ends of the stone. Often these are cut wrong and the colors mix together to make a muddy grayish or brownish green, but not this one . It shows two very distinct colors. In person, it is brighter like the photo. For some reason, the movie is a bit too dark.
A very nice spessartite garnet from Tanzania that most people would consider a mandarin garnet .
This garnet was cut with a 10-sided design rather than the usual 8-sided round brilliant. It also has 10-extra facets added to the culet in a pinwheel pattern . The rough was marked “Umbalite”, but I think it’s more a standard rhodolite that may or may not be from the Umba River.
A sparkling, diamond-like chrsyoberyl .
A very pretty Montana saphire that should work well in a 4prong setting made for a 5mm round. In person, it’s a bit lighter than the photo.
An intense bright yellow green tourmaline that has a slight bi-color effect with more of a lime green in the middle..
A sparkling sunstone that shows a coppery pink in daylight and shifts to a moderately reddish pink under incandescnet lighting. It also has a slight green halo that can be seen from side angles and is a bit of a “watermelon” sunstone.
A real stunner of a big amethyst. This stone shows a strong color shift from being more of a blue-purple in daylight to more of a magenta-purple under incandescent light.
This is an untreated Songea sapphire that shows a strong color shift from being a slightly purplish pink-orange or padparadscha color in some fluorescent light to more of a purplish pink under incandescent. In daylight, it shows a mix of golden orange and purple flashes.
This tourmaline displays an interesting mixe of purplish pink in one end and orangy pink flashes in daylight. Under incandescent light, it changes completely to a lighter golden brown color . Pink tourmalines from this mine with clarity this good are very rare!
A pretty good example of a North Carolina Emerald. As is usually the case, the clarity is not so great, but the color is extremely nice!
A nice, flashy, diamond-like zircon with good dispersion (spectral color flashes) and a slgihtly pinkish brown color..
This sapphire has an almost sky blue color in most lighting and is generally brighter looking than the photo or movie taken under daylgiht flourescent bulbs.
This is a gorgeous sunstone with pleasing reddish orange and golden flashes mixing together in and extremely brilliant gem design.
This stone has a thin veil type inclusion but looks pretty good at normal viewing disances. It is a typical, heat threated jewelry store type aquamarine cut in an Asscher design.
A nice, sparkling ring sized amethsyt.
This tourmaline has an almost “nuclear yellow” color and is a real attention getter!.
This sapphire was cut from a dogtooth shaped crysrtal and has some interesting tiger striped and geometric color zoning of royal blue in a blue-green base color. It also has impressive clarity for a completely nature and untreated gemstone.
This tourmaline has nice, baby pink color and good clarity overall. There is a small hairline flaw on the left side in the photo, but it doesn’t show much at normal viewing distances or without magnification.
This spinel has great clarity and almost could be considered a color change stone. It goes from an unusual blue purple with some greenish yellow flashes (dispersion?) in daylight to pink purple under incandescent light.
This is much nicer in person than most hessonites. The honey-like crystal structure doesn’t show much at normal viewing distances, so this one isn’t as sleepy looking as most hessonite garnets. It also has only a tiny hint of the brownish tint that these are known for and is far better than most in that regard.
This spinel has a good blue color and shows great brilliance..
A very pretty, bright blue Montana sapphire.
This stone was cut using a fancy round brilliant design that has nearly twice the facets of a normal diamond cut round.
A big goshenite with near flawless clarity and great flashy brilliance.
A very nice untreated sapphire from Tanzania that also has very good, nearly flawless clarity. This stone also has a moderate color shift toward purple under incandescent light.
A wonderful, color stable bubble gum pink tourmaline!
A flashy garnet with a wonderful glowing mint green color!
A very pretty and extremely brilliant pink spinel!
A nice little Asscher cut Montana sapphire!
This sapphire has very nice, deep blue color with only a slight hint of a greenish undetone.
This garnet has a pleasing pink-red color and good clarity.
A nice Umba sapphire with an interesting mix of colors and good brilliance. It has some inclusions, but they are well hidden and generally not very noticeable.
This tourmaline displays some interesting green tones. The a/b axis is sort of a sage blue-green and the c-zxis is more like a deeper peridot green . In person you see flashes of both and some colors in between the two.
A very pretty Asscher style tourmaline with great color and above average clarity for stones from this location. .
This Songea sapphire shows a mixture of purple, pink and maybe a few orange or golden flashes in daylgiht, then shifts to be more just purple and pink .
This sapphire is untreated and has outstanding color and clarity. The color is particularly nice in sunlight where it’s an almost fluorescent looking blue color.
This spinel has a very nice grape jelly color in daylgiht that shifts to show more pink and maybe even some reddish tones under incandescent light.
A beautiful sunstone with a vivid red stripe running through it the long way and lots of brilliance!
A nicely colored brighter green tourmaline from California. This one has two very small lilypad type flaws in the crown but they are not very noticeable in normal viewing conditions.
This sapphire has a color shift from a more purplish color in daylight and fluorescent to more of a purplish pink under incandescent light .
A sparkling sunstone that has a straw yellow color with a red stripe running through it (from left to right in photo above) .
A very pretty spinel with a moderately strong color shift from blue to purple. It has one small crystal inclusion visible at about 2 o’clock, but it’s not very noticeable at normal viewing distances .
This topaz is stunning in person and can look almost like a big CZ. It has surprisingly good dispersion for a topaz . The blue color is faint, but present, and was stronger before the stone was cut.
Another way to describe the colors of this might be to call the stone a slightly smokey looking blue green and green combination .
This sapphire shows about an 85% or 90% color change from a steely or purplish greenis blue under daylight fluorescent bulbs to purple under incandescent light .
An interesting tanzanite with a brighter medium color and fancy arrowhead design .
A nice peachy pink tourmailne with superior clarity for a tourmaline from this mine location. .
An awesome red spinel with great, almost flame red color and only one small flaw in one corner that is usually not noticeable .
A sparkling blue sapphire from Gem Mountain in Montana .
This sapphire is a lot cleaner than most of the Winza stones. It has some small inclusions that are genreally not noticeable without magnfication and some super fine silk that gives it a slightly sleepy look. It can border right between pink and orange in some light, so it may be considered a “padparadscha” by some people . In natural daylight it is more pink with slight orange.
A beautiful example of what an Oregon sunstone can look like. This one shows both the pleasing reddish or pinkish orange color as well as a moderate amount of copper schiller oriented to flash and look sort of like glitter .
A spaerkling pair of Malaya type garnets that look best under indoor incandescent light where they brighten up and show more brilliance.
A big flashy goshenite cut as an Asscher style square emerald. It even has a good amount of diamond-like dispersion or spectral color flashes .
This is a very unusual color combination for tourmaline. In person, you see all kinds of crazy medium gray and medium to lighter green flashes comeing from this stone . The Himalaya mine has some odd smokey colored tourmalines and this is one of the most grayish we have.
This is a nicely brilliant sunstone with a rich reddish orange color and only a wee bit of copper schiller that is interesting to look closely at, but not ugly or distracting .
This tourmaline shows a color shift from greenish gold to green depending on the lighting. It was cut with a fancy brilliant pavilion and step crown .
An interesting and bright tourmaline with a lighter lime green running the long way and a golden green c-axis that shows in the ends .
Very Pretty Pink color and great clarity. This stone has a nice, flashy brilliance due to the radiant or princess style pavilion design .
Rare clean stone for a Himilaya mine tourmaline. It’s also a watermelon type bi-color, but appears mostly pink when the stone is face up .
A light to pastel pink tourmaline from the Hiilaya Mine in Southern California. The color is a bit lighter in person than the picture, but still noticeably pink .
A light yellow scapolite with lots of sparkle and a mild color shft from grrenish yellow to golden yellow depending on the light source .
This aqua has a pretty good lighter greenish blue color but also has a veil inclusion running through it that makes it look slightly sleepy in person, though better than it looks in the photo .
An unusually clean stone for an untreated sapphire. This Montana sapphire has a mix of lime green, and blue-green flashes and good brilliance.
This is the nicest red zircon I’ve cut so far. It has a color that reminds me of a rhodolite garnet, and doesn’t show the secondary brown tones that many of the African red zircons display. It’s also not as dark as most of this size. The cut is a double barion design on the bottom, and a fancy sawtooth on the crown. Note that this is a ten sided stone. It also shows a bit of dispersion or diamond-like color flashes in sunlight. None of the other larger red zircons I’ve cut did that, probably because they were darker.
This zircon is a medium, slightly brownish pink-orange or copper color in person and a bit brighter than in the photo.
This stone has a deeper medium orangy brown “honey” color and a fancy cut with 16 extra facets added to the crown.
A very diamond-like zircon with great brilliance and dispersion (spectral color flashes).
A wonderfully bright, brilliant stone that looks a lot like a lighter champagne diamond. The rough was more of a white zircon with some red-orange areas in it that create some interesting color flashes in the final cut stone.
This is an unusual light blue zircon cut in an elongated oval shape. This material has been heat treated.
This is a nice larger sized blue zircon with good clarity and sparkle. This material has been heat treated.
This is a very nice BIG darker red zircon. This stone does not show all the purples and pinks as seen in the photo. For some reason, this material is hard to photograph correctly.
A very nice champagne zircon with excellent clarity and good dispersion (spectral color flashes). This is a very diamond-like looking stone in person.
This is a nicely dispersive zircon that isn’t blurry looking in person like in the picture.
A very nice bright yellow stone.
A very nice bright yellow stone.
This is an impressive, brilliant tsavorite of excellent color and sparkle. Photo is a little washed out looking. MUCH nicer in person.
Here is a top color Tsavorite garnet that has excellent clarity for this usually obviously included material. This stone does have a little inclusion out toward one of the corners that is not distracting and very hard to spot without magnification.
Magnificent rich green color. Only a tiny flaw near one end under magnification. A spectacular and unusual Tsavorite!
These stones exhibit interesting darker green flashes and have minimal brilliance due to a closed C axis. They are kind of “Stylish”
An impressive blue-green stone that should probably be classified as indicolite. Brighter and more bluish than th photo.
This is a huge stone for a pink tourmaline of this type from Afghanistan. It is very brilliant, and also very dispersive, showing distinct spectral color flashes. I even managed to capture one in the photo in the upper right. This stone also seems to have a fairly pronounced color change that ranges from being a bit more saturated pink than the photo shows to a pleasing yellow or slitly pinkish yellow under indoor incandescent light. I think I was seeing a 90%+ color change in this stone, but it was hard to tell with all the brilliance and diamond-like spectral flashes.
This stone is a beautiful, Paraiba-like neon blue color, but a bit darkish in the ends and a bit less than eye clean. You can see a little twinkle in one end of the bottom, and may see some other minor inclusions in extremely bright light. Overall, it’s a fairly clean looking stone and would probably work well in a pendant. This one falls into the category of a really nice “factory second”.
This unusual tourmaline has a slightly pinkish topaz-like golden color throughout the stone and doesn’t show the white flashes like the photo. The cut is a fancy long mixed cushion with lots of facets on the bottom that make it a very lively gem.
This stone is a glowing yellowish mint green color, much like a Merelani mint garnet. It is from the newer batch of rough I have that appears to be copper bearing paraiba-like material. The only stone tested so far did test positive for copper content, but this particular stone has not been checked. Color is much better in person than photo shows.
Extremely nice color for a Nigerian green tourmaline. This one shows flashes of slightly bluish green and yellowish green, with only a tiny bit of olive green showing on the long edges. The cut is a modified brilliant oval with some extra facets on the bottom and a supernova crown design, so it is nice and lively compared to most other ovals.
This is a stunning orangy pink tourmaline. It has excellent color, and was a very successful experimental cut where I basically stretched out a princess cut to make it work on a longer shaped stone. Very unusual and beautiful with flashes of color radiating from the center toward the ends.
A very bright, very brilliant “nuclear yellow” tourmaline.
This is an attractive pink tourmaline that does show a bit of color shift under incandescent light. There is a small inclusion in one corner that can barely be seen if you’re looking for it, and would likely be covered by a prong if the stone was set. Overall, it’s a very clean stone with good color and flash.
This is a very brilliant grass green tourmaline. It does have a very slight olive undertone at some angles, but not too bad of one.
This is an outstanding, brilliant lighter pink tourmaline that displays very little if any color shift under incandescent light. This stone also shows very good diamond-like dispersion or multi-colored flashes.
This is a pretty tourmaline with a deeper, hot pink color in daylight shifting to more of a copper color under incandescent light. It’s a little darker than the photo, and has great brilliance.
I suspect that this stone is actually a Namibian tourmaline, as it has some of that neon look to it. This is a very pretty medium bluish green or emeald green color .
A very pretty tourmaline from Afghanistan with a slight bi-color effect of being a bit more blue on one end and more green on the other. The bi-color effect is really only noticeable in the ends of the stone.
This is a very pretty stone that I cut in a kind of sawtooth or zig zag design. It’s nicely brilliant, but does shift toward brown like most of these Nigerian pink tourmalines do under indoor lighting. The color shown is how it looks in natural daylight.
I’ve cut all three of these stones using the same design. The two smaller stones are halves of a single crystal, and though there’s a very slight color difference, they should be close enough for a pair of earrings and are identically cut. The larger stone is lighter than the two smaller ones, but similar material from the same mine. The photo is a little bit lighter than the actual stones, and all three are wonderfully brilliant.
This is a very pretty tourmaline that shifts slightly from looking more of a pinkish orange indoors to an orangy pink outdoors.
This is one big, extremely brilliant tourmaline, especially for an uncommon pink stone from Afghanistan. I cut the bottom as a sort of Portuguese round that I “barionized” into a cut cornered square shape. The crown is a scissors design. This thing REALLY SPARKLES and was hard to look at in sunlight. Also, it dsplays only a mild color shift indoors toward more of a champaigne color, but not an unpleasant brown. I had the chance to pick some of the nicest rough out of a huge parcel of rare Afghani pink tourmalines, and this was the biggest one with good color. This is likely a “world class” gemstone.
This is a wonderful green tourmaline with a deep chrome-like green color resembling a tsavorite garnet. This stone has great color and brilliance. I had this one posted on my site before, but somehow managed to delete it. So, this is a new and better photo of it for those of you who have seen this one before.
A very nice bright pink tourmaline that shows excellent brilliance and color play.
A very nice larger stone for an Afghani tourmaline. This cut adds some brilliance like rolling flames to the otherwise not very lively standard emerald cut.
This stone was actually seafoam green one way, and lime green the other. As the lime color is predominent, that’s how I opted to describe it. This stone would just about glow in the dark and is VERY bright.
his is an excellent pink stone. The color is strong with minimal color shifting under incandescent light and it has great brilliance and color play. The photo is a wee bit darker than the actual stone.
Ooops, a tiny little chip fell off this one near the upper left corner while I was polishing the girdle. I have reduced the price accordingly, even though it can probably be covered up durng setting. Otherwise, this is a very stunning, and extremely lively stone for this shape due to the scissor curtting on both the top and the bottom.
A beautiful, brilliant stone that is green on the ends due to the color of the “C” axis, and more of a lighter blue shade in the middle due to the color of the “A-B” axis.
This stone has a rich, deep gree color with more of a blue-green from side angles.
This is a gorgeous stone with a color much like a Paraiba tourmaline. It is a bit more blue than the photo, and “Neon” would probably be a fair term to use on this one.
A very pretty stone with an almost neon blue-green color.
I cut these to be an exact matched fancy cut set. One is slightly lighter than the other and the pink tone is very subtle. Since the color isn’t as dark as I’d hoped for, I’m pricing them at only $80 per carat.
An unusual stone in that most of the pink tourmaline on the market has a color shift toward brown under incandescent lighting and this one does not. Lots of refraction makes this stone look like a paster pink diamond in sunlight. Also, most Afghani tourmalines are blue or green colors…pinks being very rare from that region.
This is a beautiful sparkling stone that is a seafoam green shade on the A-B axis and has a lime green color coming in from the ends.
A magnificent rich grass green stone with lots of facets and sparkle!
This is a BRIGHT (lighter than photo) seafoam green stone that features a lot of facets for its size…nearly three times as many as a standard round brilliant cut. This one deserves a place in the “blinding in sunligh” category.
The term “deep blue sea” comes to mind when I try to describe the color of this stone. I should probably be calling this indicolite, as it is by far primarily blue.
This is a premium quality Afghani stone that I’ve cut into a scissors design that has a lot more character than the standard step cut or baguette. As you roll it back and forth lengthwise it has flame-like flashes of blue and green. This stone also shows some color play…unusual for this type of cut. Additionally, it is slighly bi-colored and has a lttle more blue on one end and green on the other. Bi-color stones are usually included.
A very nice stone that displays good disperision or multicolor flashes and rich darker pink color!
This stone is a hybrid cut that combines the top (crown) of a round brilliant with the bottom (pavillion) of a Portuguese round. It has lots of extra facets and shows excellent color play or dispersion in sunlight. Basically, in bright sunlight it looks like somebody put a string of multicolored Christmas lights in it. Also, under incandescent light it does show some of the brownish tint common to this material, although it is better than most. This one’s a real sparkler!
This is a very pretty stone. The small inclusions are lost in the brilliance and had to see.
This is a very pretty mint green stone with good play of color. Inclusions near edges of stone can probably by hidden under prongs when stone is set in a mounting.
A beautiful and rare, bright lemon yellow stone from Afghanistan.
This stone has kind of a rolling flash effect because it has a closed C axis. There is also a tiny chip on one of the points that would be covered up in setting the stone. Priced Accordingly.
A very pretty stone
A very pretty stone in an uncommon cut.
This stone has very nice brigher medium neon greenish blue color and appears almost identical to one of the nicer Namibian blue stones. You might see a minor inclusion in extremely bright light, but it seems to be eye clean in all moderate light or even direct indoor lighting. Wonderful color and great flashy brilliance!
A gorgeous darker chrome green colored stone with bright green flashes caused by the unusual cutting. Looks like a big tsavorite garnet, but partly closed “C” axis results in a much better price than most of the more expensive chrome tourmaline.
This stone shows a mix of reddish, brownish and purplish flashes in daylight, shifting more toward brownish under incandescent light.
This is a beautiful bright pink sparkling tourmaline that takes on only a minimal peachy pink tone indoors. The color, clarity and brilliance are outstanding. This is the nicest pink tourmaline I’ve cut so far.
A nicely dichroic tourmaline that shows a brighter neon blue-green in the middle of the stone and a deeper tsavorite-like green in the ends.
This stone had good sparkle and shows both a deeper teal green color and flashes of a brighter neon greenish blue.
This tourmaline has a very nice, almost tsavorite garnet like spectral green color.
An interesting tourmaline that shifts from being an olive green to a yellowish green, depending on the lighting.
This stone shows very nice teal and neon blue=green colors, but is a bit on the darkish side…though not too bad and only slightly darker than the photo.
A nicely flashy tourmaline that shows a bit more of blue tone in person than in the picture. The stone has a somewhat neon look to it, and also a darker green in the ends.
This tourmaline shows a blue-green one way and more of a neon greenish blue the other. It’s a little darker in person than in the picture, but not overly dark.
his is a deeper blue-green tourmaline that was cut to make the best use of a stone with a dark c-axis. In person, it’s a little better looking than in the photo, and shows some decent color flashes when exposed to direct light.
This stone is actually somewhat of a tri-color and has bands of three different shades of pink from a lighter pink to a reddish pink. It shows a moderate amount of brownishness in daylight, and changes to mostly brown under incandescent light.
This topaz has a pastel orangy pink color and good sparkle.
An oustanding smaller tanzanite with great color, clarity and brilliance! I presume the rough I cut this from had been heat treated.
This is a very pretty gem with great brilliance! Also, to the best of my knowledge this is an untreated stone. This is a medium color of Tanzanite, and is not cut at all deeply, so it faces up to look like it would weigh two carats or more. The more saturated color is coming in from the ends, which gives it kind of an interesting look. Also, this stone has a very noticeable shift from more of a blue in daylight, to more of a purple indoors.
This is a very pretty gem with great brilliance! Also, to the best of my knowledge this is an untreated stone.
A beautiful and brilliant sparkling gem!
This is one of the prettiest colored, brightest Tanga garnets I’ve cut, but it had a little surprise in one end so it’s really only going to look good set in a pendant with the included end hanging on the bottom. You can see what looks like a bit of lint on the left end of the stone. This stone also faces up to be fairly large for what it weighs, but because of the end that isn’t quite eye clean, the price is reduced on this one. This would make an awesome pendant.
This is the reddest sunstone I’ve cut so far. It is not nearly as bright orange looking in person, and is more of an orangy blood red color. The schiller in this stone has been oriented so that it barely shows in brighter light, and the color is nothing less than wow. This should probably be a $300+ per carat stone because of the color.
WOW! Pretty much sums this thing up. It has a bit of schiller in it, but less than most. The supernova cut makes this an extremely brilliant stone. It looks a lot like a Mandarin garnet in person.
A very pretty Oregon sunstone that has a bit of schiller, but it’s hard to spot, and doesn’t seem to interfere with the brilliance of the stone at all.
A very nice reddish colored sunstone good clarity and brilliance. A bit darker than photo. Schiller inclusions barely visible without magnification.
This is an excellent stone with good reddish-orange color, good clarity and brilliance. Cut in a round brilliant pattern with lots of extra facets. There is some shiller that is hard to spot unless you turn the stone upside down.
This is a bright, brilliant stone that shifts in color from a sky blue to a bright purple blue much like a lighter tanzanite. Spinels of this color are also known as “periwinkle”. I’m not sure what caused the pink flashes in the photo. The other blue and purple blue colors are fairly accurate though.
A medium-dark, slightly grayish purple spinel from Tanzania.
A deeper blue colored spinel that is a bit darker than the photo.
The small rope-like inclusion in the bottom of this stone is in just the perfect spot to reflect off of a number of facets. Some stones are cut this way intentially, but in this case it was an accident.
A nice sized spinel with good brilliance and dispersion.
A beautiful, red colored stone with yellow and orange flashes.
This is a somewhat unusual spinel in that it has a sort of silvery look to it. It shifts back and forth between more of a blueish color and more of a purplish color, and also seems to have some gray or maybe even green in it. It has great brilliance .and shows good dispersion, or multi-colored flashes.
A medium-dark, slightly grayish purple spinel from Tanzania.
A beautiful, bright ruby red colored stone with a nice pinkish cast. Note: Photo shows something stuck to back of stone in upper right. Tried to get them all cleaned off good but missed a spot.
Here is a larger yellow sphalerite from Spain that I’ve cut in an extremely brilliant design. This stone has some veils and bubbles in it, but the inclusions are not distracting probably because of the incredibly high refraction of this material. Also, this is a VERY SOFT stone, and some of the facet edges are a bit rounded off on the edges from buffing off the scratches after polishing. This thing is VERY BRIGHT and mostly yellow with some orange showing in the corners. I looked around on other websites for cut sphalerites, and didn’t spot anything that compared with this one.
This garnet is cut with a scissors style design on both the top and bottom. It can range from a deeper reddish orange to a brighter medium orange depending on the light source. Note that the bottom of this stone is a little deeper than most, so it might require a special setting if made into jewelry.
A deeper, slightly orangy red spessatite garnet with good flashy brilliance.
WOW – Now these would make something that could be seen from a distance! This isn’t the greatest photo. All of these are worthy center stones and all were cut at the same angles to look like a perfect set. The second stone from the right is actually a pastel green color. Note that the red stone on the far left has an interesting color change to orange and purple outdoors. To the best of my knowledge, none of these have been heat treated and are all the beautiful colors Mother Nature made them!
A pretty Montana sapphire with good color and brilliance. This one has some typical color zoning under magnification, but it does not show face up in normal viewing.
An interesting little sapphire that shows a variety of color flashes at different angles.
This is a Songea sapphire that displays a color shift from being more of a greenish puplish blue in natural daylight, to a very pretty reddish purple under incandescent light. It has an inclusion out toward one edge that doesn’t seem to show face up. Overall this is a decent stone and a good value for an untreated sapphire.
This stone has a moderate to mild color Change from being a slightly grayish, greenish blue outdoors to a puplish blue color under incandescent light. The minor specks in the stone that show in the photo are almost impossible to see with the unaided eye, even holding it right next to a bright light.
This heat treated Montana sapphire shows some color zoning of blue and yellow, and was cut fairly shallow, so the brilliance is stronger around the edges than it is in the middle of the stone.
This stone has an awesome color that is kind of a pink-purple with red and blue flashes. However, because of the clarity, it’s priced at about half what a clean Madagascar pink sapphire would go for. It looks great indoors, but not so good in direct sunlight. Photo is a bit washed out looking. The color of this stone is nicely saturated.
This sapphire is mainly a greenish yellow color with a zone of stronger yellow that is not as noticeable in person as in the picture.
An extremely brilliant sapphire with more of a blue color in the center and greenish flashes around the edges.
This sapphire has a medium blue-purple color with some gold flashes in daylight, and shifts to be mostly just purple under incandescent light.
This sapphire is mainly a pastel blue color and has a small yellow “spot” in the middle.
This sapphire is slightly more greenish in person than in the photo, has great sparkle and good clarity.
Here is a very pretty sapphire with a very slightly purplish royal blue color.
Not sure what this color would be called…”Mauve” maybe?
Good color and clarity. A nice, lively little stone.
Medium purple under most artificial light, blue-green oudoors.
Nice purple under most artificial light, blue-green oudoors.
One of my designer stone ideas. This is a lively little sapphire that is more blue than green in color.
This is a nice, Australian-looking blue sapphire cut in an unusual elegant pear shape. Most pears are basically half of a round and half of a marquise. This one uses an oval shaped end rather than the usual round.
Wow! Extra clean and looks like it changes from precious topaz to imperial topaz. This also is a very brilliant cut. Every facet is a triangle shape.
An interesting, smaller Australian parti color sapphire that has blue areas, yellow areas and color banding.
This sapphire has a nice teal color, but is a bit on the shallowish side, so it faces up to be big for what it weighs and is more brilliant arond the edges than in the middle. It’s also a bit darker in person, but not a lot.
This sapphire is a deeper greenish blue with a slight shift toward purple-blue under incandescent light. The cut is a brilliant oval with a faceted girdle.
A wonderfully sparkly sapphire that shows distinct white and canary yellow flashes.
Just an okay little sapphire. Priced accordingly.
This material is usually heavily included. This is an exceptional stone.
This is a nice rhodolite with a slightly pinkish deep red color that is on the darker end of medium. This stone has overall good color and brilliance.
If you’re looking for a big, brilliant, pure red stone…here it is! The Portuguese style cutting gives this stone lots of sparkle and shows some good refraction, or multi-colored sparkles in bright sunlight.
A magnificent rhodolite garnet that shows so much color play in sunlight, it’s hard to tell what color it atually is. This stone is spectacular.
A deeper raspberry rhodolite with lots of sparkle.
This topaz looks very much like a precious topaz from Ouro Preto, Brazil but is actually from Utah. The color is a slightly pinkish, moderately orangy golden yellow. The cut is a modified brilliant oval with a supernova crown and a faceted girdle.
This is a nice precious topaz with good color that a lot of people would consider “imperial”. It has one very tiny twinkle in the bottom of the stone that rarely shows itself, and faces up to be a good size for what it weighs.
A pretty topaz that has a noticeable orange tone, but not strong enough that I’d feel good calling it “imperial”!
This is a beautiful stone in a somewhat unusual cut. This Pakistan material is some of the best available because it has a richer green color without the olive overtones found in most darker peridot.
A very stunning larger peridot that would make a very nice pendant stone. This Pakistan material is some of the best available because it has a richer green color without the olive overtones found in most darker peridot.
This is a very, very dark color for a citrine…darker than the common madeira material that I have come across. Also, darker than the picture shows.
This sunstone haslots of sparkle and an interesting zoney looking mix of pink-orange and golden straw yellow colors. It is also a nicely brilliant sunstone. There’s a bit of copper schiller in it, but it looks good and would make a great ring or pendant stone.
This sunstone has great sparkle and shows a variety of golden yellow to peachy orange colors due to a peachy orange “spot” suspended in the middle of the stone.
This Oregon sunstone shows a nice blend of the peachy orange and straw yellow color flashes. There are some typical streaks of schiller, but they are oriented to be minimized and the stone has good clarity overall, with great brilliance also.
A radiocative looking faceted opal with strong yellow flashes and moderate blue fire. Better in person than in the photo.
This opal is a bit on the thin side, but consequently faces up to be very large for what it weighs. It has very good rolling broadflash, as shown more in the movie below than in the picture above.
I cut this stone in the shape of a guitar pick. It has some interesting mossy looking stuff in it as shown in the photo, and the play of color is very interesting. Straight on, it looks a lot like what you see in the image, then if you rotate it sideways just righ, the whole thing lights up with little neon green sparkles that replace the blue-purple broadflash. The colors are a bit stronger in person also.
This stone is MUCH prettier in person. I just couldn’t get a good photo of the fire, and there is quite a bit up in the top of the dome. This stone is a bit egg-shaped, in that it’s not a perfect oval, but it’s very pretty.
This is an interesting stone that shows lots of rainbow colors in bright sunlight. Cut with a standard round brilliant pavilion and a Portuguese crown.
This is a very nice stone with good fire…much better than the picture shows.
This is a very nice stone with good fire. Remember, opal is very light and so are marquise cut stones in general. This is a big stone.
Should work with a standard 6mm x 8mm prong-type mounting.
This is a nice stone. Should be considered for a pendant because the fire shows best with narrow end upward.
This one is a Paraiba-like neon looking color that seems to be right in the middle between blue and green. Very nice tourmaline.
This is a nice, brilliant stone that shows more blue in person. This was my first photo with my new camera, and I ended up with the colors a bit off. The ends of the stone are greenish, and the majority of the middle is much closer to a Paraiba-like neon greenish blue.
This is a nice, bright, emerald cut Namibian tourmaline that shows a bit of neon blue in the ends. This is a very pretty stone and has good flash to it for an emerald cut.
This is a very nice Namibian tourmaline with an emerald green color and some of the neon grrenish blue coming in from the ends. I’ve cut this one with a double scissors design on the bottom and a standard scissors crown. This one is nice and lively.
Here is a big Namibian tourmaline in a medium green color that is much like a tsavorite garnet. It is a very chrome-like green color and these Namibian green stones are the nicest green tourmalines I’ve seen.
This is an outstanding, extremely brilliant Namibian tourmaline that I’ve cut with Portuguese-style pavilion and a kind of sawtooth design on the crown. The color is more of an emerald green looking straight down into it, and then a Paraiba-like, greenish neon blue from some side angles. This is a very nice and unusual stone.
This stone is a little darker color in person and shows the neon Paraiba-like blue green color that these Namibian stones are known for. This is a very pretty gem.
A medium orange to red colored Namanga garnet from Kenya. Apparently the supply of these has run out as I checked and didn’t see any for sale on ebay anymore.
A beautiful Brazillian morganite with great color and sparkle.
This morganite has very nice color and is extremely brilliant. It was cut with a full, 161-facet Portuguese round design and would make a stunning pendant in spite of some minor inclusions.
A pretty little morganite with a flashy design.
This is a very pretty grossular garnet that has a stronger color than most of them do. It has some minor inclusions, but they are overpowered by the great color and brilliance of this stone. The photo makes the stone look a little windowed, but it’s not.
A nice sized stone for this rare material that is also usually included. This is a good investment stone as the rough is getting harder to come by and the prices are going up dramatically.
A larger size malaya type garnet with good color and an ideal size for a ring stone.
A deeper medium pinkish, orangy red garnet in an Asscher style step octagon design.
This garnet was cut in a modifed round brilliant design with 16 extra facets added to the bottom of the stone.
This stone is a bit brighter and prettier in perso than in the picture, and displays a good amount of red flashes under direct lighting.
This is an extremely brilliant stone with a rich orange color. I’ve cut this one as a barion design with an extra row of sixteen facets on the bottom, and 4 rows of step cut facets on the top. This one really sparkles.
This is a dark blue tourmaline from Afghanistan that has a simplified emerald cut pavillion and a standard emerald cut crown.
This is a wonderful, brilliant sparkling stone with a strong orangy color. Highly recommended!
This is an awsome, very rare color of rhodolite. Hot, Hot Pink. With its high level of refraction and rainbow of color flashes, this is what a Hot Pink Tourmaline only wishes it could look like. Photo doesn’t do it justice.
An extremely brilliant white beryl that shows moderate dispersion (spectral color flashes).
This stone has a very slight blue tint, but is probably more correctly considered a goshenite than an aquamarine.
Clean Stone with good color. Not the greatest photo. Stone is not that dark.
This is the last of three pieces of rough I purchased four years ago from a jeweler and gem cutter who claimed the stones were from Russia. This has a stronger golden color than the other rough I have that is from the Middle East. This is a very pretty gem.
Deep Red Flashes. Inclusion is not distracting. Probably an Almandine Garnet.
A very brilliant stone with decent display of fire that should improve when the stone is set.
An okay stone with good color. Looks better in person. Priced accordingly.
Somebody told me I should go buy a lottery ticket if I could manage to cut one of these. It was such hell that I was too burned out to go buy the ticket when I finished the stone. This is a very rare gem with a mild color change from more of a pinkish gold to greenish gold in different lighting.
A slightly egg shaped freeform oval cut with a good amount of fire in it.
A crystal seam opal with beautiful play of color on both sides.
This stone has an alexandrite type color change. I’ve seen it show a steely greenish blue color in subtle daylight, and a fairly nice medium purple under indoor light. As is usually the case with these, it also can show some odd grayish and mauve colors, so I have it priced accordingly.
A nice blue/purple stone at a good price.
Good Color Changer. Nice purple under most artificial light, green oudoors.
This stone has been heat treated to improve the red color. The color change is moderate.
In the rough, this stone had a definite color change from red to purple. Cutting seems to have reduced the amount of color change. Price discounted accordingly.
This is a nice brilliant stone with a moderate color shift from a pinkish red color under incandescent light to a medium somewhat brownish red under daylight. It turns just brown at times in daylight, but usually shows red also.
This is a top color chartreuse greenish yellow chrysoberyl. I cut this stone with a double barion pavillion and scissors crown that I usually only use for larger stones. This one is bright and extremely brilliant.
An unusual and larger sized honey color or orangy brown chrysoberyl that can sometimes show a hit of green or slight color shift.
This stone is a bright greenish yellow color with a slight grayish undertone. It has good brilliance and dispersion
This tourmaline displays a decent cat’s eye that runs the short way as shown on the left side of the photo..
his is my first attempt at cutting a cat’s eye. The eye in this stone is a bit on the soft side, and rolls back and forth in the long direction of the oval at a slight angle. In the photo you can see the silk line lighting up toward the left side of the stone, and I can see it a bit better in person. The eye tends to “hang out” more on that end, but does seem to roll all the way across as you move the stone back and forth.
This tourmaline is mostly green with a bit of blue in the end (left end in picture).
This tourmaline was cut with a step style pavillion and a sawtooth crown. Because of its origin, it may be a copper bearing Paraiba type tourmaline, though it has not been tested by a professinal gem lab.
This Montana shows a fairly even mixture of yellow and white flashes because of having a yellow spot in the middle of a mainly colorless stone.
This is a bi-color stone but the yellow doesn’t show much. Basically just looks like a dark blue trilliant. Inclusion no distracting. Stone is clean in the middle
This is a very cool bi-color sapphire that also has a color shift from a lemon yellow/blue in daylight to a golden yellow/purple under incandescent light. It also shows some green due to the mixing of the colors on the blue end. Note the dimensions on this one. Like a marquise, this stone faces up to be a large size for what it weighs. This stone also has a nice separation of colors where the blue crosses the stone on one tip with in a fairly straight, but soft line.
This opal shows a clear white base color that has yellow flashes and an orange area out to one side. In addition to that, it has a moderate amount of color play or fire when back lit or viewed at side angles.
A big, bright attention-getting sparkler!
A pretty and affordable aqua. Every facet is triangle shaped.
A very beautiful medium blue stone with a lot of brilliance.
A stunning stone. Much better color than what most people are used to seeing in aquamarine. No green cast, just a nice blue.
This is a very clear jelly or crystal opal with good blue and green play of color. Even though the base color is nearly colorless, it flashes a pleasing bright yellow color. Most gems flash the color that they actually appear to be before cutting, but faceted opals tend to generate a completely different color which is usually from yellow to orange, even if the uncut opal appears to be completely colorless.
“Wow” pretty much sums this one up. 193 facets on this stone (32 more than a standard Portuguese Round). It looks like a universe inside. This is a deep cut stone (acorn shaped) that would require a special mounting. An interesting one-of-a-kind collector stone.
This is a pretty stone that shifts toward a more pinkish purple color indoors. There are some minor veils and color zoning that are lost on the stone’s brilliance. A very pretty Siberian color amethyst.
A very nice amethyst with great color and a cool desnigner cut.
A very interesting amethyst that is a lighter purple color with a medium purple band that runs straight along one side, then turns 90 degrees and follows the shape on the next side (toward top and left in photo, though it’s hard to see).
This is a super dark amethys that can show blue flash in daylight or fluorescent, and shifts strongly to show magenta or red flashes under incandescent light. The color shown in the phot is kind of in middle of the range of colors this stone can display.
This amethyst has a few minor flaws in it, but would make a great pendant stone and is very brilliant. It also has a moderate color shift and some of the magenta flash that this material often displays.
A stylish stone that has great brilliance and an unusual cut. It’s basically a round with a point on it…barely a pear.
A nicely flashy amethyst that does show some typical zoning, but is a nice clean looking stone with good overall color. This amethyst shows a moderate color shift from being more of a grape purplein daylight to more of a magenta purple under incandescent light.
This is an impressive stone. Better color than common Brazilian material and an unusual cut that has lots of extra facets and sparkle.
Average color, above average cutting.
Average color, above average cutting.
medium dark Siberian color stone that has some typical veil inclustion. Cut in an unusual variation of a round brilliant. Looks better in person.
An excellent stone. Deep purple, but not too dark, with red and pink flashes. Very clean for this material.
This is a big, flashy, amazing amethyst that shows outstanding colors in all lighting conditions, and has a strong color shift. In daylight, it is a very nice deeper grape purple, shifting to a tanzanite-like blue-purple under most fluorescent light, then turning almost completely magenta hot pink colored under incandescent light. In person, it’s a bit darker than the photo, but not a lot…just enough to make it a truly stunning example of how intense the colors of an amethyst can be.
This stone has a nice medium purple color and a fancy cut with a barion style pavilion and a sort of twist design on the crown. There is a typical bubble veil running through most of the stone, but it still looks pretty good overall..
A very nice, darker, medium purple amethyst with a moderate color shift from purple to magenta under incandescent light. It has some typical color zoning, but is a pretty amethyst overall.
In interesting 12-sided gemstone design by the late Jeff Graham.
This amethyst was cut using a design called the “Utopia Pear” by the late Jeff Graham. It has great brilliance and is an unusual shape with the slight point on the wide end, not usually seen in pear cuts. There is a veil running through it causing it to be a bit less than eye clean, though it’s not too bad a priced accordingly.
Here’s a big, natural red zircon. To the best of my knowledge, this stone has not been treated in any way.
This is the largest green garnet I’ve cut so far. It’s not deeply cut, so in person, it looks more like a three carat stone. This is not a top color darker green tsavorite, so the price isn’t nearly as high is it would be if it were. This is definitely one impressive, large green stone. The inclusions are minor, and hidden out in the ends of the stone where they don’t have a noticeable affect on the clarity or brilliance. This would make an outstanding pendant.
A very pretty, flashy pair of tourmalines in a sort of champagne pink or peach pink color. There is a very slight color difference, even though they were cut as identical twins from the same crystal. These would make great earrings, but probably not side stones in a ring. The color difference is more subtle in person than in the picture.
A rare color for tourmaline, this stone looks a lot like a deeper Madeira citrine. I did some looking around online, and couldn’t find anything to compare it to that was even close in overall quality. What I did find were moderatly brownish stones for $125 per carat and up that were not this large, nor this nice of a color.
An outstanding tourmaline with a rich pink color and excellent brilliance. The cut is a sort of double barion octagon with clipped off corners and a sawtooth crown. This stone has some minor inclusions around the edges, but seems to face up eye clean even in bright sunlight. This one would make an impressive pendant stone!
This stone is the blue tip from a larger tri-colored Nigerian tourmaline crystal. It may very well be one of those that would test to be the same as a Paraiba tourmaline, and it certainly looks a lot like one of those, or a brighter Namibian stone.
This pleasingly flashy stone displays above average, well saturated pink color and is unusually oolor stable under indoor lighting. I could barely notice any color shifting at all and saw absolutely no brownish tones under incandescent light. There are some minor inclusions that might show up in direct sunlight, so the price is very reasonable for a stone of this color quality.
This is one of two stones I cut from a single crystal. The color on the “c” axis varied somewhat from one end of the crystal to the other, so the matched pair didn’t quite match. This is the darker of the two and has a notably richer color with more blue than the photo shows. See item to311 for it’s identically cut, but slightly lighter mate.
This is a very brilliant and beautiful stone that is a light yellowish green color in person with a pinkish area toward one end. For some reason when I saved this picture it washed out the color. This stone was cut from a peice of the rough people are calling “UFO” tourmaline. The stones are bright yellow green colors with pink spots and yeild gems of good color and brilliance. The pink can look a little brownish when it mixes with the green, but overall the stone is outstanding.
A very nice larger Namibian tourmaline with moderate dichroism and very nice overall color.
This stone is a dead ringer for a TOP color tsavorite garnet. It has an excellent, slightly bluish medium dark green color and outstanding brilliance. This one is hightly recommended.
This is a nice green tourmaline with a somewhat chrome-like color resembling a tsavorite garnet. It has a slightly darker “c” axis but overall good brilliance and color that is much nicer than most of the olive green toned stones coming out of Nigeria.
A very nice Congo tourmaline that shows an almost tsavorite garnet-like gree color with a slight blue secondary tone. It has a dark c-axis, so it was cut and priced accordingly. In person, it is a very pretty tourmaline with long, pleasing green flashes.
This stone looks much like a Namibian tourmaline in person. The majority is a brighter medium neon blue-green and the ends show the darker forest green of the open c-axis. It was cut with a scissor design on the top and bottom.
This untreated tanzanite shows an unusual mix of greenish, purplish and blue colors.
Although this is common material, the cut is very interesting. Much more affordable than the reds or greens.
I cut this one with a step cut pavillion and a scissors cut crown. It has an interesting flash to it and faces up to be a good size for what it weighs.
A beautiful sparkling spinel with a rich hot pink color!
A very brilliant spinel with a nicely saturated purple-pink color that leans more toward a slightly reddish hot pink color under incandescent light.
Here is a very nice, larger spessartite that is a rich, slightly orangy medium-dark red color. This stone has a Portuguese style pavilion and a round brilliant crown. It is a stunning and sparkling gem for those who love red stones!
This spessartite has good brilliance and a deeper medium reddish orange color.
This is a decent stone overall with a good orange color that I should probably call “Mandarin” Orange. It has an inclusion under one side of the crown that is difficult to spot without magnification, even under brighter light. The brilliance is good, but not quite as good as a standard round brilliant design would have been. It sparkles a bit more around the edges than in the middle, and the more I look at it, the more it grows on me.
This is an untreated Songea sapphire that has a mild color shift from more of a medium very slightly greenish blue in daylight to more of a purplish blue under incancescent light. I’ve cut this one with a kind of opposed scissor design on the crown.
This is a very pretty stone that shows more of a pink/orange color in daylight, and shifts more toward red under indoor lighting.
This is a very nice rhodolite garnet with more of a pure red color rather than pinkish red. Photo is representative of how it looks in moderate light, in bright light it lightens up a bit more.
A medium reddish pink rhodolite with a 80 Portuguese style facets on the bottom and a round brilliant crown design. This is a very nice garent and would make a great ring stone!
This garnet displays a nice range of pink to reddish pink colors, but has quite a bit of fine silk in it, so the stone has a sleepy or velvety appearance.
A very pretty top green color peridot from Pakistan.
This sunstone has a very nice coppery pink-orange color with attractive, even streaks of copper schiller going running diagonally through the top of the stone. Very pretty in person!
This is a very pretty mint garnet with a slightly more saturated color than the photo shows. The peachy color in the middle is a reflection off of my hand. This stone has great clarity, brilliance and color.
Much better color than the more common teal blue “Indicolite” and a nice clean stone.
This is one of the last of my extremely blue tourmalines. It is a nice sapphire blue color with only a slight tinge of green.
An incredible blue stone. I’m going to miss this one!
This is a wonderful, brilliant sparkling stone with a moderate orangy golden color. Highly recommended!
his stone has been heat treated to brighten color. Many untreated red african sapphires (rubies) look like dark garnets unless they are heated to remove the slight blue tone. A very nice stone for the price. This stone does have a color shift more toward fuscia or a rich pink in some outdoor lighting and is an excellent red under incandescent light.
The top of this stone has good, even color play with compartments of rolling flash type ribbons of color, some of which are rainbowlike, and others being more solid and changing colors with different viewing angles. Lots of red, blue, green, and gold. This is the nicest opal I’ve cut to date.
Nice purple under most artificial light, blue-green oudoors.
This stone tends to do some color shifting from being more greenish at times to more of a gold or yellow at other times.
his is a stunning, sparkling and unusual stone cut from rare material. An excellent stone for a collector. The inclusions are minor and the brilliance is phenominal. VERY impressive in person
This is a very pretty chrome diopside that looks just like a much more expensive tsavorite garnet. This stone is a bit on the soft side, and I would recommend it for use in a protective mounting or pendant rather than having it exposed in a ring. It seemed a lot like Tanzanite during cutting, so I would imagine it will be comparably durable for jewelry use…which isn’t all that durable actually.
This nicely brilliant stone is actually a pink-yellow bi-color tourmaline, but the color mix together enough to create more of a solid color appearance that is kind of a peachy pink with some yellowish flashes.
The right 2/3 of this stone is a slightly peachy pink color, and the left 1/3 is yellow. This stone has great clarity for a bi-color tourmaline, as they are usually included in the area where they transition from one hue to another.
This tourmaline is more green on one end and more blue-green on the other. The cut is a radiant style on the bottom with an antique cushion crown.
This is an attractive, unusual stone.
This stone is a light mint green color in person that’s a bit nicer than the photo. I cut is with a sort of double barion pavillion and a scissors cut crown with a frame of step facets around the table. This is an extremely brilliant and very pretty stone.
This is a very pretty untreated aqua with a pleasing light blue color bordering on medium by aqua standards and excellent brilliance.