A great red GEM from Nigeria, round#47

This gemstone is a GEM and the best Rubellite in the collection, round. This is a special gemstone. It is a GEM, exceptional gemstone and I personally got it from a fine individual who has since passed away. It has a great medium tone and a well saturated color. It weighs 7.99 carats. and it is from Nigeria.

Well this is my vote for the best Rubellite/red in the collection.  I have bigger ones with great color and I have smaller ones with great color.  Some are brighter and flashier than others and some have cleanliness problems.  They were all factored into my decision.   This is a GEM that I have looked at many times and I would like to tell how it came into my possession.

I have use the internet to see what is out there in the tourmaline world.  I have gotten most of my material from two dealers in Africa and a Afghanistan connection, but I am always looking for new connections.  At least 10 years ago, I found an intrepid soul that had lived in Brazil and been heavily involved in gemstones, worldwide.  I of course was interested in tourmaline and we emailed about the big find that had occurred in Nigeria along with other gemmy things.  I put out a challenge to him,  I will buy the reddest piece of Rubellite that you have.  He promised me that I would be impressed with the red, he was going to send me and I put my money down.  A week or so later I received a patched together letter that he had sent me.  Taped to the outside of a the damaged letter was the rough for this gemstone.  He had sent me such a precious thing in a simple envelope without insurance and the bulk of the rough had prevented the passage of the letter through the canceling machine.  As I said, fortunately the rough had been secured to the envelope, by an honest postal worker, which still had a legible address and I got my red tourmaline.  He fulfilled his promise and I wish we could have continued building a relationship, but he passed away.  Still I have the RED that weighs 7.99 carats and memories.



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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