A memorable blue round, included.#131

Included, but a great saturated blue color round. #131 This standard round brilliant.can get attention, even with its medium dark tone value, because of its well saturated blue color. Its inclusions are a fine web of rather evenly spaced flaws. It weighs 3.64 carats and is a beautiful gemstone.

When I remember trying to polish a gemstone years later, It was  a bugger.  I usually do not have problems polishing indicolite, trade name for blue tourmaline, but this gem drove me crazy.  It does have a rather evenly spread out network of inclusions that really don’t bother this medium dark, well saturated  blue round.  After thinking about it, I came to the conclusion that the inclusions themselves were causing scratching.  I don’t really know, but I think that I would do better today.  I hope so because the table proved almost impossible to polish well.  And I will spend a lot of time on a tables to get it right, since the table is the pathway to the soul of the stone.

This standard round brilliant has a nice size and was spotted in the tray by people working for a jeweler I have worked with.  They got excited because this saturated blue color, though darkly toned, is excellent.  I think I would have sold this beauty, if the jeweler hadn’t focused on the inclusions.  I have to admit that I really didn’t want to let go of her, as imperfect as she is.  She weighs a very nice 3.64 carats and is still strong and proud.


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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