A big red star for the collection, oval#292

A big red oval with dark flash driven color from Nigeria This impressive Rubellite, has a darker flash driven color that shouts red. It is eye clean and with fine crystal. It probably came from Nigeria and weighs 9.98 carats.

My principle dealer in Africa has gotten to know my weaknesses.  And really red tourmaline is one of them.  I was rather frustrated that I had not been able to be in on the scene when the big find of reddish tourmaline was made in Nigeria.  I knew some of that abundance was still floating around and I believe that is a piece from Nigeria that my dealer was able to get for me.  It has the purity of color and freedom from inclusion that just has to say Nigeria.

This oval is darkly toned with a flash driven color.  And what a color it is.  Red as the reddest rose in my garden.  It is also eye clean and with fine crystal.  I actually have a bigger Rubellite, (high quality red tourmaline) in the collection, but he will always be Big Red to me.  It weighs 9.98 red carats.

Bruce

 

About Bruce Fry

I was born in Summit, NJ in 1947 and graduated from Summit High School in 1966. I graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1970 and after spending another year in graduate school, I left to see the world of Brazil. After spending some more time discovering myself, I ended up working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 32 years as an Air Quality Engineer in the Department of Environmental Protection. I retired in 2007 and took up faceting gemstones again after a long hiatus that reached back to my twenties. I had started cutting cabochons when I was 13 and bought my first faceting machine when I was 15, but ran out of money and time until I retired. My great love in gemology is tourmaline and the collection presented here represents my effort to get as much beauty and variety in the colors of tourmaline as I can. I was particularly lucky in being able to get unheated cuprian tourmaline before copper was discovered in gem grade tourmaline from Mozambique.
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