Welcome to a World of Color in Tourmaline

Tri-color Tourmaline Mozambique At 30.3 mm by 19.8 mm the largest tourmaline I have ever cut by far. The rough was over 100 carats and heavily water worn, but it was still flawless and with a great shape for an excellent yield.

This is the next stage in my continuing effort to bring the beauty of tourmaline to as wide an audience as I can.  Building on the great pictures of my collection of tourmaline by Jeff Smith I hope to include scientific insight into the wonderful and complex world of tourmaline.  I have personally cut all the stones in the collection with the emphasis on polishing with mainly traditional cuts.   I have called tourmaline the jester of gemstones because it can appear to be many other gemstones, in its range of hues, levels of tone and degree of saturation, so it can be tricky and amazingly entertaining.  Still other tourmaline shout its name as the one I have chosen to display at the top of my first post. Its is by far the largest tourmaline I  will ever cut and no other natural gemstone material comes close to matching it.

Bruce A. Fry Lover, Cutter and Collector of Tourmaline

13 Responses to Welcome to a World of Color in Tourmaline

  1. Allan says:

    Hi Bruce – glad to see you’re getting to showcase your collection of stellar tourmaline gems to the world!


  2. Howard Shamy says:

    Bruce, Your collection is amazing ,thank you for sharing this with everyone. Howard

  3. jnoel1141 says:

    Great site Bruce! With your deep knowledge of tourmaline and your wonderful collection you should have done it years ago.


  4. Laura says:

    Beautiful stones, as always Dad!

  5. emlong says:

    I recently purchased a relatively large and reversed color change pendant off of Ebay being sold as lab created alexandrite,. This stone is so large and clear that I wonder if rather than being laurellite it might be a synthetic with reversed alexandrite-like color change. Here is the Ebay listing

    Any ideas anyone

    • Allan says:

      I think you may be confused. Laurellite is a reverse colour-change Tourmaline. You state you bought a lab-created Alexandrite – a completely different mineral. Given the rarity of Laurellite there is a zero possibility you have Laurellite tourmaline instead of synthetic Alexandrite.

      If you have any question of the nature of your stone, I recommend taking it to a qualified Gemmologist for positive identification. It is impossible to identify a stone like you describe through casual inspection or a photo.

      Good luck


  6. emlong says:

    By the way, I am looking for a source – wholesale or retail – for faceted lithium niobate loose gems. Thanks, emlong

  7. emlong says:

    Then my second question is what synthetic exhibits the reverse color change – ruby/amethyst in daylight and green in fluorescent light?

  8. emlong says:

    Never mind. I see now that the color change characteristic is more common in both natural and synthetics than I had thought. When you were calling the variation of elbaite ‘laurellite” I had thought you meant that laurellite was itself a synthetic tourmaline or a variation of synthetic tourmalines to begin with. My interest is primarily in the energetic properties of gems, so anything unusual always interests me as that often predicts an unusual energy profile as well. I happen to like the energy of elbaite, so if there is a reverse color change variation I would love to get my hands on one and see how it “feels.”

    • Allan says:

      As I haven’t had the fortune to see what Laurellite looks like in person, I can’t help with any suggestions of where to find it. From what Bruce writes, it’s a very rare variety of cuprian tourmaline that he purchased and discovered by chance.

      I too would very much love to get my hands on a piece for my own collection!

      Some other colour-shift/colour-changing stones you might want to check out are garnets – there are (again rare but not so rare as Laurellite) garnets that change from blue to purple/red and I have some that change from gold to pink. Do a search for “blue garnet” and “imperial garnet” for some examples.

      Good luck!


  9. Gene Goldsand says:

    Hi Bruce,
    Great Looking Website

  10. cbass says:

    I inherited over 275 gemstones from my uncle a couple of years ago. This included 13 various colors,sizes and cuts of tourmaline. Over the course of his life he completed 6 world wide “gem
    Safari’s”. Three of those trips included a stop in India where he purchased a very large 48 ct plus color change tourmaline from a trusted source. It changes from purple on cloudy dark days to orange redish on bright sunny days. It’s highly dichroic and its specific gravity is 2.99.
    After reading Bruce’s article on the topic, my hope is to gain additional info from all of you. Since I am not a gem collector I have begun to wholesale out some of my uncles collection. Pls let me know what info and questions you have. Ultimately I would like to sell it but have now idea how or where to do so.
    I would be happy to share pictures of it but can’t figure out how to to it via this post site.

    Pls help


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