A hot pink oval of excellect tone and clarity.

A fine very transparent, medium toned, pink oval. This oval is really a clean bright pink without any problems except for a minor bit of chipping on the keels. Chipping like this indicates that the stone is brittle from treatment by man or nature. It weighs 4.22 carats.

This hot pink oval is open to the world.  Nothing dark or dull in its world.  In fact it is so transparent that a bit of chipping can be seen on the keels.  This is not an unusual  problem with some pinks because they are brittle. (The chips are fine and really do not distract the eye and lessen the beauty of the stone.)  I think it is from the natural irradiation of the gem and/or heating.  Since I get rough and it is not preformed or faceted in preparation for irradiation/heating, I think my pinks and reds are not treated by man, but it is possible. (The amount of breakage in unprepared rough is so high that it is generally not done until the rough is at least skinned or faceted.)  There really is no way for me to tell if the treatment of the rough has been done by nature or man.  The beautiful pink oval weighs 4.22 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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