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[Tucson Source] Odd Tourmaline Cabs


#1

Hi All,

I’m planning a very brief trip to Tucson this year – just one day,
in and out on February 2 (sorry to miss the Orchid dinner once
again!). I’m especially looking for unusually-shaped tourmaline
cabochons in all colors, such as S-shapes, cylinders, fans,
non-equilateral triangles, etc. I’ve got a few sources to check
already but would be thrilled to have a few more. Any suggestions?

TIA, Beth


#2

Hey Beth - I am looking for tourmaline cabs as well (but I’m looking
for rounds and ovals)! Had a customer call last night with a special
order. They are hard to find aren’t they. If anyone does have
suggested sources (I’m checking in on Gerry Galarneau at GLW gem
mall!) please post. Gerry - what say you?


#3

Hi Roseann,

I am looking for tourmaline cabs as well (but I'm looking for
rounds and ovals)! 

Rounds and ovals are not that hard to find. Try Indojewels (AGTA and
GJX Annex), S.P.B. Gems (AGTA), and Steve Bookbinder (Pueblo Inn).
There are many more but those three come to mind.

Beth


#4

All,

Gemstone cabs pose their own special problem. A cutter must decide
whether the rough material would make a more valueable fimished
facetted stone or a cab. Thus most gemstone material is facetted and
not cabbed. When you do find a gemstone cab it will normally have a
price close to the price of a facetted stone. Most gemstone cabs are
made out of lower grade material with flaws and other distractions
like poor color.

I have very few gemstone cabs. I also have some cabs made out of
low grade gemstone material. The question each of you will have to
ask yourself is how much are you willing to pay for a top grade
gemstone cab.

I have a fresh stock of custom cabs for the show and many new cuts
in facetted stones. See you there.

Gerry Galarneau
gggemswcr@cox.net
Gem Mall booth #111


#5
     looking for unusually-shaped tourmaline cabochons in all
colors, such as S-shapes, cylinders, fans, non-equilateral
triangles, etc 

Come by our booth at the GJX # 205. We have a large quantity of
Tourmaline in many colors in faceted and cabs and slices and some
unusual shapes in both faceted and cabs and also concave faceted
stones. Also bi-colors, tricolors and Paraiba.

If the unusual shaped cabs are not out in the show cases ask us as
we always have more merchandise than we can fit into the show cases

Best regards,
Robert Lowe
Lowe Associates Brasil
Gemstones, Rough, Specimens
Tucson 2 7, 2005 GJX booth # 205
e-mail: robertplowejr_at_juno.com