Photographic & Video Logs of

Log of TRMC260 on completion of cutting
Cut Shape : Cushion


Video Log of TRMC260 on completion of cutting

Log of TRMC260 in its rough state

Rough Image

ID # TRMC260

Geological History

In the misty Usambara Mountains of Tanzania, a dirt track winds down the valley following the northern tributary of the famous Umba River. From here the road heads southwards and then eastwards to the Gerevi Hills. As the Umba River meanders through these hills it has for centuries deposited a gem gravel on the twists and bends of the river. It is among these deposits that this Tourmaline was found. It began “life” however many millions of years ago with a process called metamorphism. As magma pushed its way up through the existing rock the contact between the invading magma and the older rock caused a change to occur. The intense heat made the nearby minerals recrystallize into minerals stable at the higher temperature. This Tourmaline was one of these. Many millions of years later, as the Umba river eroded away the rock in its charge towards the Indian Ocean, it was dislodged from the rock in which it formed and carried with the river. During this time it was tumbled ferociously and rubbed and smashed against other rocks until its surface was smooth and most of the cracks and blemished in the crystal were broken off and worn down. The crystal was at some point deposited in the silts on one of the bends of the river near the Gerevi Hills. Here, it was panned out of the river by miners panning for gems and taken to Nairobi to be bartered at the local dealer’s offices. It found its way to Lapigems Gem Company and was bought and cut into a the beautiful piece you see today.

Gemstone Reports And Certification

This gemstone has several reports prepared for it by a GIA Gemologist and these reports are shipped with it.

Gemstone Grading Certificate

This certificate is a full and detailed grading report utilizing the Gemological Institute of America Grading system.

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Mining & Geology Report

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This report has been prepared by a GIA Gemologist at Lapigems Gem Company. All gemological tests were performed using current techniques and using current gemological equipment. The gemstone here reported is certified and this report, combined with the printed photo-certificate constitutes a thorough certification of this gemstone from mine to private owner.

Private Ownership Registration
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Quality Report

Color - 4
Clarity - 4
Cut - 4
Rarity - 4

How are these quality allocations reached?

Color Clarity Cut Rarity

Gemstone Grading Report

The gemstone here described has been identified as a natural gemstone and has the following description :

Description : Faceted African Chrome Tourmaline
Weight : 1.02 carats
Shape : Cushion
GIA Color Grade : G 6/6more info
GIA Clarity Grade : VVSmore info
Species : Tourmaline
Variety : Tourmaline
Refractive Index : 1.62
Cause of Color : Iron / Manganese
Specific Gravity : 3.06
Optic Character : DR Unixial
Crystal System : Trigonal
Treatments : None
Country of Origin : Kenya, East Africa

Mining Report

Date Mined : 11th February, 2015
Mining Location : Taita Hills,Kenya, East Africa
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Type of Source : Secondary Alluvial
Mining Method : Panning
Host Rock : Alluvial
Chemical Composition of rough : (Ca,K,Na)(Al,Fe,Li,Mg,Mn)3

Gemological Testing Methodology

Gemological Tests performed on this gemstone by a GIA Gemologist include but are not limited to:

Refractive Index, Specific Gravity, Pleochroism, Polariscope to ascertain Optic Character, Spectroscope to ascertain spectrum, Magnification with GIA Microscope using darkfield lighting, Chelsea Filter, Ultraviolet Flourescence.

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