A Good Morning Sunshine Yellow Oval

Incuded, saturated yellow oval This is one of the best yellows in the collection. It has an excellent tone level, good saturation and a nice size of 2.09 carats. It is included, but still bright and flashy, which is common is this rare color of tourmaline.

Now my mornings do not start off greenish or brownish and this oval will have none of it.  I was cut from one of two larger pieces of water worn crystals from East Africa that I got together, long before “canary” tourmaline was promoted. (Canary is a name given to a “new” deposit of expensive yellow with very good tone and saturation from East Africa).

I obtained the rough inexpensively because it was extensively flawed.   I worked hard to cut the best gemstones I could get from this rare color in tourmaline, but all of them are visibly included.  The best was a good sized shield cut that appears clean without close observation.  This bright happy oval has many ghost like, long stringy clouds that parallel the sides of the gemstone.  They do not flash and are not that distracting.   In a perfect world I would get yellow tourmaline without flaws, but I gladly accept this medium dark toned yellow with excellent saturation into the top color section of the collection.  Color is the primary driver of this collection.  It weighs 2.09 hard won 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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