Lot: Tourmaline-80




COLOR: Bluish Green, Neon Green, Minty Yellowish Green, Pastel Green to Pale Green, Peridot Green, Yellowish Green, Sea-Foam Green
CLARITY: Will cut eye-clean to moderately included stones (75%+ Low to High Facet Grade)
ORIGIN:  Kunar, Afghanistan
SIZE: Stones range in size from approximately 1.7 to 8.1+ Carats (3.76+ Carat Average)
WEIGHT: 116.56 Carats (31 Pieces) 23.31 Grams
PRICE: $87.41 ($.75 Per Carat / $3.75 Per Gram)

Awesome lot of Leafy Neon Green to Sea-Foam Green Afghan Tourmaline faceting & cabbing rough. This lot is primarily a Neon Green to a Vibrant Sea-Foam Green and there are several strongly dichroic stones in here with a few that almost resemble Sunset Tourmaline from Tanzania & Kenya. I would say that roughly 75% of this material is low to high Facet Grade. Please note that most stones have minor inclusions and many of these inclusions can be worked around or will mask up well with proper orientation and complementary faceting. Most stones in this lot will cut Very slightly to Slightly Included; however, there are some wonderful stones in here with the potential to cut Eye-clean or better with some work!

Please note that this is NOT that Olive Green material that has plagued the market. This is some of the brightest Green Tourmaline we have seen in quite some time and there isn't too much of it produced in Afghanistan. There are quite a few killer pieces in here. Practically every stone in the lot is a nice and chunky crystal section capable of giving above average yield. 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.