#5124: California Bicolor Tourmaline Sterling Silver


Robert Michael faceted and set this gem

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Tourmaline is one of my favorite stones.  The color range is spectacular especially when a single pencil-shaped crystal contains a series of two, three or more sections of different colors, called bicolor or tricolor.   To illustrate this phenomena, I attempt to capture that specific portion of a Tourmaline crystal that transitions from one color to another, positioning it in the center of a gemstone.

Robert Michael purchased several Pink Tourmaline crystals from the Himalaya Mine in San Diego County California   One of these crystals was an amazing bicolor/tricolor, starting with Pink, changing to White (Clear), and then back to Pink.  Robert faceted the crystal into this 12x7mm gemstone, weighing 3.0 carats.  The white portion of the crystal is now perfectly placed at the center of this gem.  It’s a very unique piece.  Robert set the gemstone in a simple Rhodium-plated Sterling Silver Pendant.

One challenging characteristic of Tourmaline is that nearly all of natural crystals contain tiny fractures.  A large number of fractures, or individually large fractures, renders the crystal useless for gem cutting purposes.  However, it’s fairly normal to see a few small fractures in these gemstones.   Upon close inspection, you see one or two very small fractures in this gemstone.  This is a common natural occurrence and doesn’t affect the gemstone in amy way.

A very short silver-colored chain will be included in the gift box with this item, but please be aware that this chain is for display purposes only.  It is used solely to hold the pendant upright in the box.    It is made of inexpensive basic metal, not Gold or Silver.   If you would like to include a Sterling, White Gold or Yellow Gold Chain, please take a peek at the “Other Items” category and make your selection.

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