Lot: Tourmaline-49



COLOR: Paraiba Turquoise Blue, Minty Bluish Green, Neon Green, Electric Turquoise, Minty Turquoise, Sea-Foam
CLARITY: Most stones will cut eye-clean to slightly included (70%+ Medium to High Facet Grade)
ORIGIN: Kunar, Afghanistan
SIZE: Stones range in size from Approximately 2.25 to 6+ Carats (4.16+ Carat Average)
WEIGHT: 100.02 Carats (24 Pieces) 20 Grams
PRICE: $350.07 ($3.50 Per Carat)

Super lot of Afghan Tourmaline crystal sections running from a Paraiba blue to a sea-foam color. These are ideally shaped for high weight returns with most being nice crystal sections. A few of these stones have the most profound color and this lot is roughly 70% Medium to Top Facet Grade. Many of these stones are very slightly to slightly included; however, most inclusions should cut out or mask up well in the bulk of the stones. There are a few stones in here that are moderately included; however, even they have the most spectacular color and proper orientation will work miracles in masking the inclusions! Some of this is the type of material that sells for $150.00+ per carat once cut and retails for $10-15.00+ per carat.

  1. Afghan Tourmaline pockets tend to be relatively small in size and as a result consistency in color & quality is a rarity! We have never seen Afghan Tourmaline sold by the kilo with like colored and quality material and lots are generally small in size seldom going over 1/2-1 kilo.

  2. All Afghan Tourmaline is exhumed from primary deposits and as a result mining costs are considerably higher due to dynamite expenditures and traveling expenditures to get to remote mining areas. It is also interesting to note that since all Afghan Tourmaline is from primary deposits most rough will usually have sharp crystal faces.