A more stately oval on the darker side of pink.#283

A stately oval with a rich pink color and  tone level that approaches red. This would be called a Rubellite by many people, but it is not quite red. It has a good amount of flash in a great body that appears to be eye clean and with a fine crystal. It weighs 6.69 carats.

Now, I love a flashing piece of eye candy as much as anyone, but that is not in every piece of rough, no mater how good the lapidary effort has been.  The posted gemstone has a solid amount of flash in a rich pink body that speaks with authority.  It doesn’t have to show its color only threw flashing, but it is a more personal stone than the pieces of eye candy.  You can think of this pink as on the way toward red, but its medium dark tone level is not quite high enough to make it.  I bet that it would still be called a ruby, if it was corundum.  Anyway you look at it, the color is beautiful, the stone eye clean and with good crystal, so it is a joy to twist and turn in the light.  It weighs a solid 6.69 carats and would be called a Rubellite by many if not most of the trade I have dealt with.


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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