TOURMALINE BLUE GREEN Vintage Gemstone 11.40 cts fgs123
Vintage absolutely gorgeous blue green tourmaline faceted emerald cut gemstone, custom cut in 1979 from Brazilian rough that Joel acquired in Teofilo Otoni, Brazil on a buying trip. It measures 13.5 x 10.9 x 7.5 mm and weighs 11.40 carats.
Tourmaline is a family name, consisting of more than a dozen minerals of widely varying composition. Several of these occur in gem quality, and the complex chemistry of the material results in an enormous range of colors with perhaps more than 100 distinct hues on record. Of these, green is the best known and most popular. Blue tourmaline is called indicolite, and the red variety is called rubellite. Chromium in a tourmaline creates a hue that is remarkably like that of the very finest emerald. Chrome tourmaline is quite rare, and commercially produced only in a few small African localities in Kenya and Tanzania.
This superb stone is eye-clean and has an intense medium blue-green color. The blue tone in this stone is very pronounced and extremely desirable. In many gems, a flat surface on the back causes a loss in brilliancy (this is called a "window"). "Closing" the back of the stone (the pavilion) also intensifies the color. Custom cutting allows the material to be fashioned in a way that the optimum amount of light is reflected while still allowing the gem's color to emerge. This stone displays optimum color and brilliancy simultaneously, features that would allow it to be made into a spectacular and unusual focal piece of jewelry.
?One of the photographs shows several of the books Joel has written. The Color Encyclopedia of Gemstones has for more than 30 years been the world's most authoritative source of information on (and pictures of) gemstones, including many of the rare gems. (books not included in purchase!)?
The price is for this one vintage tourmaline that Joel had custom-cut from rough produced in Brazil in the mid 1970s.
*****The shipping cost includes insurance within the U.S. and internationally***
All Other Countries
First Item: $16.50
Additional Items: $1.00
First Item: $6.00
Additional Items: $0.50
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: POSTAGE RATES HAVE RISEN DRAMATICALLY IN 2020
ORDERS INSIDE USA: A charge of $4.00 covers any first class shipment up to 15 ounces. Our beads vary so much in weight that it is impossible for us to apply a single add-on charge for multiple product orders. We will continue to refund to customers any amount that greatly exceeds our actual cost of shipping and handling.
ORDERS OUTSIDE USA: International First Class rates are now crazy: $16.50 for any package weighing from 1-5 ounces. Even an order for 2-3 small bead items may cost $16.50 or more, depending on the type of material (stone versus resin, for example). We apologize in advance if we have to adjust the postage cost of an order that has been placed. We will understand if an order is rescinded when the postage cost is too high relative to the product value.
All international orders have contents described as "loose beads" and are flagged as "commercial samples" or " gift" if you prefer to make your life easier when receiving your beads. If you'd like us to mark your order as " gift" instead please let us know!
All our beads are inspected one by one before being shipped. They are individually wrapped to protect them and then put in little plastic ziploc bags.
All vintage beaded jewelry is either shipped in a little gift box tied with a ribbon or in a vintage Chinese embroidered silk purse.
If you ever have a problem with a damaged bead or jewelry, don't hesitate to contact us. We are only human, and with so many orders going out on a daily basis, there is always room for error. We will replace your order (assuming we have more in stock), issue you a store credit, or give you a full refund if the item is returned in the same condition as it was shipped within 7 days of receiving your order if you are not fully satisfied. You must notify us as soon as you receive your order if there is a problem.
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Thank you - Debby and Joel Arem
Nice beads!! Super fast thanks a lot!!!
I have dreamed of having a necklace such as the jade one. But the red one. That was a surprise. Both are beautiful. Thank you! Best, Jane
Lovely color;!interesting stones.
When I thought that I had ordered two of these and then checked out I had to order another set. The seller was very kind and combined my two orders and refunded my shipping.
Nice quick shipping on some hard to find items! Good packaging too!