A ghost round for a tourmaline from Afghanistan#724

Just touch of pink or blue, Achroite, IceT member. This standard round brilliant is essential colorless, but there are touches of pink and blue. It is eye clean and very bright. It weighs .84 carats. Just had enough color to make the IceT group.

It is difficult to see really pale colors in tourmaline because it has a habit of picking up ambient colors and showing off your shirt, the walls etc.  This Achroite has barely enough color to make the IceT group.  Under the right conditions I think you might select a little pink or a little blue.  The essential colorless standard round brilliant is eye clean and very bright.  It weighs .84 carats.


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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