Tourmaline rough is where you will various shapes and sizes
of Tourmaline rough. Our verified sellers have direct access to Tourmaline
rough that can be facet grade, cabochon grade or suitable for carving.
When selecting Tourmaline rough it is important to take note
of a few important factors. First, decide what you are going to use the Tourmaline
rough for. Will it be for cutting into a cabochon, faceting into a gemstone or
carving into a shape?
If you are selecting Tourmaline rough for faceting than make
sure you pick a piece that is clean and has good color. Faceted tones should be
free from inclusions. The overall shape of the Tourmaline rough is very
important because it is not cheap. If the shape is odd than you will remove too
much material trying to find a nice shape for the stone. This will cost you
money and tie.
Tourmaline rough used for cutting into a cabochon however
can be included since it does not detract from the overall price. Tourmaline
rough that is very included will chip off when you try to cut it so look for
pieces that look moderately included so that the final stone is stable.
Finally Tourmaline rough or carving can be of any quality.
Again the stability of the final carving will depend entirely on the stability
of the original Tourmaline rough. Tourmaline rough is a fairly hard stone so it
will be difficult to carve, but the final results will be amazing.