The Definitive Guide to the World of Color in Tourmaline Gemstones

The Definitive Guide to the World of Color in Tourmaline Gemstones

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Tourmaline Gemstones

Tourmaline is a crystalline boron silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone and the gemstone can be found in a wide variety of colors.

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Tourmaline Gemstones

Tourmaline is a crystalline boron silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone and the gemstone can be found in a wide variety of colors.

Tourmaline Collection

Round

Triangular

Octagonal

Oval

Octagonal

Welcome to a World of Color
in Tourmaline

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

About Bruce A. Fry

A collector of fine tourmaline gemstones, Bruce A. Fry has also discovered a new variety of copper-bearing reverse color-change tourmaline from Mozambique, which he has named Laurellite.

Since the first thing you get to see is me holding an oil painting of myself, I guess I should explain how this most extraordinary event came to be. I was alone and trying to recover from a major operation when some neighbors helped with getting my yard together. Well it turned out that one of them was a professional artist that liked to do portraits. It sounded like he could use a hand and I was ready to celebrate life again. We talked about doing an egg tempura painting which would have been something brand new for him, but ended up going for his bread and butter, which is oil painting. He wanted to work with hands and I wanted a friendly sharing picture, so I came up with the pose.

World of Color in Tourmaline