A great blue(indicolite) oval from Namibia#245

Excellent Namibian Blue Oval This medium dark toned beauty has all the properties of a great gem. The 2.49 carat oval was cut from Namibian rough.

This is an expensive gemstone in dollars per carat.  It is clean and without flaws.  Its tone is moderately rich and that is very important in Namibian blues.  And an intense, consistent, saturated blue it is, in the shade of the midday sun.  On the yellowish light of unnatural light, it shifts a little toward the blue green, but it is still a powerful color engine.  I hear that the Germans and Chinese are bidding on larger blue Namibia rough and driving up the price so much that my days of having a change to get more to cut are over.   Maybe I should work with a lesser gemstone like sapphire that usually finishes up blue after suitable treatments.  It weighs 2.49 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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