A Blue/Pink/Gray colored mess of a standard round brilliant. #77

Mixed up pink/blue to gray round.  #77 This standard round brilliant is from Nigeria. Its mixture of pink and blue pretty much turns gray. It has a medium dark tone level and moderate flash. It weighs 2.47 carats.

My father use to tell me one of his few stories about his college days, that centered on making tuity fruity ice cream, over again many times.  He always smiled and it was good that he had at least one good memory to share.  The moral to the story was that too many flavors lead to really no flavor at all.

This combination of pink and blue in a darker mass of gray is not the only example of this type of tourmaline from Nigeria, that I have seen.  So when I picked it out of a large lot of almost exclusively reddish tourmaline I know pretty much what I was getting into.  Still the color adventure must go on and I have quite a few pink/reds (I did get some) that really needed to be heated (I don’t heat anything) to show their best color.

This standard round brilliant is a gray ,medium toned mixture of pink and blue.  I can still see some of the pink face up, but most if not all the blue has mixed into gray.  You can see the colors more clearly from the pavilion.  The mixing of the colors is not just a feature of the cut, but could be seen in the rough crystal.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal, though its flash is moderated by its darker tone level.  It weighs 2.47 carats and is an interesting tourmaline.


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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