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coatimundi_org

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Calcite rough. I love this stuff. This piece is displaying some cool iridescence.

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coatimundi_org

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Tiny tourmaline crystals that didn't quite make it. Hanging out in their host rock. So darn cute!

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cofor

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Colorless Beryl from the US. Bought this stuff from some kind of governmental department at the Tucson Gem Show in 1991. The pale yellowish crystals in the middle are from Brazil.

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Clairitek

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Date: 3/2/2009 2:18:10 PM
Author: coatimundi
Tiny tourmaline crystals that didn''t quite make it. Hanging out in their host rock. So darn cute!
Aw but try they did!

So neat to see this intermediate phase before they get chopped up and stuck on someone''s hand!
 

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Date: 3/2/2009 1:50:46 PM
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I go first. Blue spinel from Tanzania, 1.76 ct.
I don''t think that I''ll every get sick of that shade of blue/violet/purpley goodness! So beautiful.
 

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Date: 3/2/2009 1:50:46 PM
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I go first. Blue spinel from Tanzania, 1.76 ct.
This stone is YUMMY! I love its rich deep color.
 

cofor

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The blue one is very nice but rather small. Here is a purple spinel from the same locality, which is bigger. 6.22 ct.

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These little pebbles are the only thing I have that could be called rough. I guess if the desire was really there they could be cut but they would all be very small finished peices. The largest crystal is only about 1.75 cts. They should be a pretty easy ID.

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FrekeChild

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Wow!!! These are awesome guys!!! I have a few teeny tiny pieces of spinel rough from Barry, but nothing like this!!!
 

chrono

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Date: 3/2/2009 4:55:00 PM
Author: colormyworld
These little pebbles are the only thing I have that could be called rough. I guess if the desire was really there they could be cut but they would all be very small finished peices. The largest crystal is only about 1.75 cts. They should be a pretty easy ID.
So yummy.


Cofor,
I'm not a fan of tanzanite but your little "pebble" has good colour and a very cute shape.
 

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Date: 3/2/2009 4:55:00 PM
Author: colormyworld
These little pebbles are the only thing I have that could be called rough. I guess if the desire was really there they could be cut but they would all be very small finished peices. The largest crystal is only about 1.75 cts. They should be a pretty easy ID.

 

TravelingGal

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Date: 3/2/2009 9:15:42 PM
Author: coatimundi

Date: 3/2/2009 4:55:00 PM
Author: colormyworld
These little pebbles are the only thing I have that could be called rough. I guess if the desire was really there they could be cut but they would all be very small finished peices. The largest crystal is only about 1.75 cts. They should be a pretty easy ID.

Ditto ->
 

zeolite

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This large aquamarine crystal came from a private family collection in the Northwest Frontier Provinces, Pakistan. It was mined sometime in the 1970s. This area now is thought to harbor Osama Bin Laden, and is quite off limits to Western visitors.

Specimen grade crystals can have a nice shape, but are too heavily flawed to cut into gemstones. This crystal is 405 cts and is facet grade. I originally bought it to be cut, but decided that the crystal shape is too perfect to be reduced to cut gemstones. This is a difficult decision, since the value can be greatly increased when cut. This financial aspect is why large facet grade crystals are extremely rare.

The cut aquamarine is 20 cts for comparison.

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Date: 3/3/2009 1:37:09 PM
Author: zeolite
This large aquamarine crystal came from a private family collection in the Northwest Frontier Provinces, Pakistan. It was mined sometime in the 1970s. This area now is thought to harbor Osama Bin Laden, and is quite off limits to Western visitors.


Specimen grade crystals can have a nice shape, but are too heavily flawed to cut into gemstones. This crystal is 405 cts and is facet grade. I originally bought it to be cut, but decided that the crystal shape is too perfect to be reduced to cut gemstones. This is a difficult decision, since the value can be greatly increased when cut. This financial aspect is why large facet grade crystals are extremely rare.


The cut aquamarine is 20 cts for comparison.
WOW!! Stunning color.
I'm glad you kept it intact. It's amazing!
 

cofor

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colormyworld those spinel crystals are great. Seems burmese to me, right?
Zeolite your crystal is awesome. I spent a couple of weeks in those parts of the world in 1995 and did great business
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Here are some emerald crystals from there.

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Linda W

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I love this thread. These are all so beautiful.


Linda
 

cofor

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As we are in to beryls again. Red Beryl from Wah-Wah. 1.63 ct bought in 1987. 50% of it is clean. Perfect termination pointing to left in image.

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Date: 3/3/2009 3:56:46 PM
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As we are in to beryls again. Red Beryl from Wah-Wah. 1.63 ct bought in 1987. 50% of it is clean. Perfect termination pointing to left in image.
OH W
W - Awesome!

Can I play? Small yellow diamond rough - I love the way it shimmers!
 

Brown.Eyed.Girl

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This is such a fun thread! Keep them coming!
 

mercoledi

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Oh yum. For some reason I love that some spinel rough is alluvial. I like the idea of pulling pebbles from a stream and making gems. I know that''s a grossly fanciful interpretation of the situation, but still.

What a great thread, thanks to all the posters!
 

coatimundi_org

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Date: 3/3/2009 3:56:46 PM
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As we are in to beryls again. Red Beryl from Wah-Wah. 1.63 ct bought in 1987. 50% of it is clean. Perfect termination pointing to left in image.
Oh--very cool Conny! Gimme-gimme.
 

chrono

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Thank you for the lovely pictures of the aqua, emerald and red beryl. So much eye candy!
 

icekid

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Loving this thread
Thanks everyone for sharing and keep them coming! I'd love to pick up some cheap rough for fun!
 

cofor

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Come on, must be plenty of people sitting on rough around here, show it, show it!!
 

mochi

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These are the only two ruffs that I have...


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mochi

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WOW! Sorry about the huge picture!!
 
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