Traditionally Cut Stones

The following stones were all cut overseas by a Master cutter from India.  All of the rough was supplied by Cathy from her personal acquisitions, and commissioned to be cut around 2004.   While faceted in a traditional style, each gemstone was custom cut to bring out the best in the rough.   These are not typical cutting-house production stones—you will find no windows or poor symmetry—only WOW

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Important, please read:
Admittedly, I am NOT the best photographer…but I try!  Please disregard any lint or dust in the photos, also any blur–thank you in advance.
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE:
In order to keep this page clean and uniform, only one photo of each stone is shown.  Additional photos are available for each gemstone listed by request.  I will also be more than happy to answer any questions you may have–please don’t hesitate to ask!  You can contact me via the website, click on “Contact Us”  and type away.  I look forward to hearing from you!
Thank you for your patronage.
–Cathy Dolson

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TANZANIAN ULTRA RARE MAGNESIO AXINITE  aka Axinite(mg)

GIA Type III Gemstone

Faceter: Traditional Facet
Pattern: oval
Weight: 5.28carats
Size: 12.44mm x 9.78mm x 7.06mm
Clarity: SI2
Color: color shift/change  –  baby blue violet to baby pink
Treatment: None
Origin: Merelani,Tanzania

Price:  $ Contact for Details SOLD

ORDERING: Please refer to item #MAXF528

COLLECTORS TAKE NOTE!

Description: Presented here is an “ULTRA RARE” huge Magnesio Axinite.  This material is extremely rare and even rarer in facet grade.  Axinite (mg) is usually found in semi transparent to opaque quality, Any cleaner facet grade material is usually too thin to cut into a gemstone over 1ct.  This is due to the fact that Axinite (mg)  grows in thin blade like crystals making it difficult to secure any bulk for the cutting of a normal pavilion.  This 5.28ct SI2 clarity Color Shift/Color Change gem quality Axinite (mg) is nearly as rare as it gets!

For reference-The photos above are taken in natural daylight, penlight, LED light, and again natural daylight. Strong color change/shift from a subtle violet blue to a baby pink.

Side note: This gemstone is being graded using GIA TYPE III gemstone due to the fact that clean emeralds are much more abundant!

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CONGO- NEON BLUE GREEN TOURMALINE

GIA Type II Gemstone

Faceter: Traditional
Pattern: modified emerald
Weight: 21.75carats
Size: 20.91mm x 12.02mm x 8.61mm
Clarity:VVS
Color: Neon Blue Green
Treatment: None
Origin: East Africa-Congo

Price:  $ Please use the link on our website to contact me for information and pricing of this special stone!

ORDERING: Please refer to item # TOUF2175cbg

Description: Amazing stone from a unique location. Please excuse the finger tweezers. This stone is huge and I wanted to capture it in as many positions/angles as possible. I don’t think I need to be too wordy here.  I’ll let the photos speak for themselves!!

Side Note: Open color “C” axis. The a/b is blue, and the “C”  is a nice open green.

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MERELANI MINT GARNET

GIA Type II Gemstone

Faceter: Traditional
Pattern: Round Trillion
Weight: 2.35carats
Size: 8.13mm x 8.09mm x 5.51mm
Clarity:VS-VVS EC
Color: Minty light green
Treatment: None
Origin:Merelani Hills,Tanzania

Price:  $ 1250.00 USD

ORDERING: Please refer to item #MTGF235

Description: This is a very nice lively Merelani minty green garnet.  The traditional faceting on this stone is very well executed.  No window, good meets and polish. In a round trillion design.  Beautiful stone!  Highly recommended!!

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Mahenge Spinel

GIA – TYPE II GEMSTONE

Faceter: Master Cut – Traditional
Style: Trillion
Weight: 4.60ct
Size: 10.89mm x 10.66mm x 6.77mm
Clarity: VVS
Color: medium, medium Dark–Very slightly orange, pink Red
Treatment: NONE
Origin: Mahenge, Tanzania

Price:  $ Out for Certs

ORDERING: Please specify item#TF460ms

 

This is an exquisite, exceptionally large RARE and  awe-inspiring Mahenge spinel.  This unique gemstone is a dazzling, ever so slightly orangey pink RED, VVS clarity, beautifully cut and ready for your custom setting.  Simply stunning!

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Tanzanite

GIA – TYPE I GEMSTONE

Faceter: Master Cut – Traditional
Style: Trillion
Weight: 4.54ct
Size: 10.84mm x 10.70mm x 7.01mm
Clarity: VVS
Color: Intense, medium Dark TOP BLUE.  20-carat color!!
Treatment: Heat
Origin: Merelani Hills, Tanzania

Price:  $3,900USD

ORDERING: Please specify item#TF454tz

 

This is as good as it gets!  This is a intense, vivid BLUE with striking color–one of the best I’ve ever seen!  I rate this Tanzanite’s color a 9.9 out of a possible 10!  I never give any stone a 10….but this comes close!

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Tanzanite

GIA – TYPE I GEMSTONE

Faceter: Master Cut – Traditional
Style: Oval
Weight: 1.65ct
Size: 8.32mm x 6.17mm x 4.69mm
Clarity: VVS
Color: Slightly violetish Blue
Treatment: Heat
Origin: Merelani Hills, Tanzania

Price:  $ 450.00USD

ORDERING: Please specify item#TF165tz

 

This is a very good medium to medium dark violetish Blue Tanzanite with strong red flashes…very affordable…sure to please!!

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Color Change Garnet – New Find

GIA – TYPE II GEMSTONE

Faceter: Master Cut – Traditional
Style: Oval
Weight: 2.32ct
Size: 9.78mm x 6.70mm x 4.73mm
Clarity: VVS
Color:    medium vsl. bluish Violet to Hot pink Red (and everything in between)
Treatment: NONE
Origin: Umba, Tanzania

Price:   SOLD!

ORDERING: Please specify item# TF232ccg

 

This is truly a beautiful example of color shift/change garnet.  It’s a vsl bluish Violet in lower lighting conditions, shifting to a soft purple with hot red flashes in sunlight, then to a hot pink Red in incandescent lighting.  Every color shift/change is attractive.  We all spend so much time on our computers these days…pretty soon we’ll need to be describing the color of gemstones under “monitor glow”!  Oh by the way…and just in case you were wondering, it’s purple under monitor glow…

This is a VERY striking gemstone–not overly dark the way some (most) cs/cc garnets are in this size range.  Just a bright happy stone with multiple personalities!

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Tsavorite

GIA – TYPE II GEMSTONE

Faceter: Master Cut – Traditional
Style: oval
Weight: 2.38ct
Size: 9.51mm x 6.70mm x 4.73mm
Clarity: VS
Color: Neon medium, medium dark (stoplight) Green
Treatment: None
Origin: Merelani Hills, Tanzania

Price:  SOLD!

ORDERING: Please specify item# TF238tg

 

This is a gorgeous Tsavorite!  It’s a medium, medium dark stoplight green.  Being very slightly silky (which I prefer),  the light is drawn across the face of the stone, giving it and luxurious velvety glow.

This stone has a few minor inclusions, but that doesn’t hold it back…simply amazing, and one of my favorites!

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Tsavorite

GIA – TYPE II GEMSTONE

Faceter: Master Cut – Traditional
Style: Oval
Weight: 1.87ct
Size: 9.09mm x 6.64mm x 4.51mm
Clarity: VS2 nearly EC (typical Tsavo fingerprint and feather)
Color: Medium Green
Treatment: NONE
Origin: Merelani Hills, Tanzania

Price:  $ 1295.00USD

ORDERING: Please specify item# TF187tg

 

This is a very nice, larger Tsavorite with good color.  If you’re in the market for a larger Tsavorite at a reasonable price point…here it is!

This is VS2 clarity, nearly EC, and the inclusions don’t detract from the beauty.

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Merelani Mint Grossular Garnet

GIA – TYPE II GEMSTONE

Faceter: Master Cut – Traditional
Style: Oval
Weight: 1.43ct
Size: 8.51mm x 5.97mm x 3.92mm
Clarity: VS-VVS
Color: Merelani Mint–subtle minty green
Treatment: NONE
Origin: Merelani Hills, Tanzania

Price:  $ 325.00USD

ORDERING: Please specify item# TF143mt

 

This is a good sized Merelani mint grossular garnet.  The color is a subtle, delicate minty green, and it is extremely clean for this gem type.

Just a sweet stone!

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Tanzanian Spessartite

GIA – TYPE II GEMSTONE

Faceter: Master Cut – Traditional
Style: long Oval
Weight: 6.10ct
Size: 13.78mm x 9.24mm x 5.85mm
Clarity: SI
Color: HOT PURE Mandarin Orange
Treatment: NONE
Origin: Loliondo, Tanzania

Price:  SOLD!

ORDERING: Please specify item# TF610ms

 

This is a NEON Mandarin Spessartite from Tanzania.  Some of the best Spessartite ever to be unearthed.  Although Tanzanian Spessartite is notorious for being fairly heavily included, the color just can’t be beat!!  This stone is not flawless, but the dispersion, brilliance and jaw-dropping color draws your eye away from any imperfections.

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Tanzanian Mandarin Spessartite

GIA – TYPE II GEMSTONE

Faceter: Master Cut – Traditional
Style: Roval
Weight: 2.67ct
Size: 8.71mm x 7.42mm x 5.38mm
Clarity: SI
Color: Hot Mandarin orange
Treatment: NONE
Origin: Loliondo, Tanzania

Price:  SOLD!

ORDERING: Please specify item# TF269ms

 

This is a stunning, glowing NEON orange Mandarin Spessartite.  The inclusions disappear between the phenomenal color and dispersion!

You won’t be disappointed!

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Malaya Suite

GIA – TYPE II GEMSTONE

Faceter: Master Cut – Traditional
Style: Cushion
Weight: 10.64ct o.a.  (1 @ 4.34ct, 1 @ 3.30ct, 1 @ 3.00ct)
Size: 4.34ct = 9.08mm x 9.08mm x 6.46mm;  3.30ct = 8.03mm x 8.18mm x 6.21mm; 3.00ct = 8.03mm x 8.12mm x 6.18mm
Clarity: VVS
Color: Strong medium Dark  Red Orange
Treatment: NONE
Origin: Umba Valley, Tanzania

Price:  $ 695.00USD

ORDERING: Please specify item# TF1064rm

 

These are beautiful, well-cut, strong red orange malaya garnets.  These will make a stunning set of earrings, plus a pendant or ring.  Rare to find suites of matching stones.  These stones are all VVS clarity.

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ENORMOUS, ULTRA Rare Chrome Tourmaline

GIA – TYPE II GEMSTONE

Faceter: Master Cut – Traditional
Style: Oval Step Cut
Weight: 9.69ct
Size: 15.70mm x 11.94mm x 8.38mm
Clarity: VVS
Color: vsl yellowish chrome Green with color shift (slightly visible Usambara effect when the light hits it at certain angles)
Treatment: NONE
Origin: Landani, Tanzania

Price:  SOLD!

ORDERING: Please specify item#TF969ct

 

This is an enormous, squeaky-clean chrome tourmaline.  Most chromes this large are nearly black.  This stone is not–it’s a very slightly yellowish green, with a  color shift (Usambara effect) when  light hits it at oblique angles.  I don’t think you’ll find another chrome of this size in the near future!

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Chrome Tourmaline

GIA – TYPE II GEMSTONE

Faceter: Master Cut – Traditional
Style: Oval Step Cut
Weight: 3.74ct
Size: 11.12mm x 8.54mm x 6.69mm
Clarity: VVS
Color: Strong Chrome Green
Treatment: NONE
Origin: Landani, Tanzania

Price:  $ 1095.00USD

ORDERING: Please specify item# TF374ct

 

This super RARE sized chrome tourmaline is a strong, medium dark, deep Tsavo green…but not too dark (as most are) especially in this size!

Great RARE stone, and exceptionally clean!

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Chrome Tourmaline

GIA – TYPE II GEMSTONE

Faceter: Master Cut – Traditional
Style: Oval
Weight: 1.17ct
Size: 8.47mm x 6.19mm x 3.83mm
Clarity: VVS
Color: medium dark, strong bright chrome green
Treatment: NONE
Origin: Landani, Tanzania

Price:  $ 230.00USD

ORDERING: Please specify item# TF117ct

This is a SUPER bright and cheerful slightly yellowish chrome green tourmaline.

Overall a VERY nice stone…sure to please!

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Chrome Tourmaline (Pair)

GIA – TYPE II GEMSTONE

Faceter: Master Cut – Traditional
Style: Ovals
Weight: 1.77cts O.A.  (0.91ct and 0.86ct)
Size: 0.91= 7.45mm x 5.50mm x 3.67mm  /   0.86ct = 7.30mm x 5.68mm x 3.59mm
Clarity: VVS
Color: Medium, medium dark–Bright vsl bluish Green
Treatment: NONE
Origin: Landani, Tanzania

Price:  $ 525.00USD

ORDERING: Please specify item# TF177ctp

 

This is a very pretty and rare pair of chrome tourmaline.  They are a nice Tsavorite color–not dark, but rather a nice medium, medium-dark saturation.

Great color on this pair……enjoy!

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Congo Red Tourmaline

GIA – TYPE III GEMSTONE

Faceter: Master Cut – Traditional
Style: Oval
Weight: 2.67ct
Size: 9.87mm x 8.15mm x 5.69mm
Clarity: VVS
Color: purple Red
Treatment: NONE
Origin: Congo

Price:  $ 367.00 USD RESERVED for J.C.

ORDERING: Please specify item# TF267crt

 

This is a really sweet, deep purplish Red tourmaline, from an unique location.  If you enjoy deeply saturated stones, this will be perfect!