A purple that wants to be lavender without copper, emerald cut

Nice moderately light lavender, included droplet of color, with copper This paler lavender standard round brilliant contains copper. It is only lightly included and is bright and flashy. It weighs 1.49 carats. No lavenders are rejected by the droplets of color and this round is taken. A browned lavender without copper from Madagasca, emerald cut This emerald cut has an interesting shade of purple that looks to me like a slightly browned lavender. It is eye clean with good crystal. It is from Madagascar and weighs 1.62 carats.


Well it is time to let you see the difference or not between two similar colors.  One is the classic lavender of copper in tourmaline from Mozambique.  It is the first image and is a round.  The second is the subject of this post and is a eye clean emerald cut from Madagascar.  I always have a difficulty with describing the emerald cut’s color because something is toning down the lavender.  I think it is a touch of brown. (I called another similar gem dusty purple for lack of a better color name).

I have great interest in purple with our without copper, so I try and get what I can.  I don’t think I will ever be overwhelm with purples.  The emerald cut may not have the saturation (purity of color) the coppers have, but it is always welcome.  This emerald cut weighs 1.,62 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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