Lot: Tourmaline-50




COLOR: Neon Blue, Neon Green, Minty Blue & Green, Various Pastels, Hot Pink, Cobalt Blue, Sea-Foam Green
CLARITY: Will cut eye-clean to moderately included stones (20%+ Low to High Grade Facet Rough)
ORIGIN:  Kunar, Afghanistan
SIZE: Stones range in size from approximately .25 to 5.6+ Carats (1.28+ Carat Average)
WEIGHT: 93.92 Carats (73 Pieces) 18.78 Grams
PRICE: $28.18 ($1.50 Per Gram)

Awesome lot of Afghan Tourmaline cabbing and/or faceting rough containing a variety of colors. This lot is primarily a Neon Green to a Sea-Foam Green; however, there are quite a few Pinks and other colors in here as well. This lot is really indicative of the variety Afghanistan has to offer in Tourmaline color! I would say that roughly 80% of this material is Cabbing grade being moderately to heavily included; however, there are quite a few stones in here that are semi-facet and/or facet grade. This lot is being sold strictly as cabbing grade and is priced as such. The stones are nice and bright and should hold their color well once cut. The price on this just doesn't get any better!

  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.