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Mineral: tourmaline
Gem: tourmaline (bicolor)
Size: xx
Carat: xx
Cut: emerald cut (both)
Origin: Brazil
General Info: The name apparently comes from the Sinhalese word "Turamali" which was given to mixtures of unidentified gem gravels in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).
Additional Information
As well a occurring in virtually all colors of the rainbow, tourmaline may also display multiple colors in a single crystal. Bi and Tri color tourmalines are not uncommon. Due to it's natural crystal shape tourmaline is often cut in long, slender facetted stones that run parallel to the length of the natural crystal rough.

Such stones may be bi or tri color with shades of green and red common end members. These are both native cut stones. Whenever a stone contains red in tourmaline, it is often included or shows internal fractures. Flawless red tourmalines are more rare than flawless stones of the other colors.

The top stone is a bicolor changing from green to clear. The bottom stone is excellent quality and a flawless red to green bicolor. Both of these stones are native cut and both a better than average.