A purple to blue called “Laurellite” by me.#926

blue/purple color changer "Laurellite" This unheated cuprian tourmaline from Mozambique is half stable blue and half color changer (I call Laurellite). The top half of the picture is the Laurellite.


This smaller emerald cut is not pure and has somewhat muted colors, but is very exciting to me.  You have to work with lighting to appreciate the special place this unheated cuprian tourmaline from Mozambique holds in the world of gemstones.  Half of the gemstone remains blue whether is it illuminated by incandescent or natural light while the other half changes color from violet in natural light to blue in incandescent light.  The half that has a reverse Alexandrite color change I call “Laurellite”.  A similar stone that I sent to the GIA was confirmed to be a strong color changer and the first gem quality tourmaline from Mozambique, with copper as a significant chromophore (trace element that effects color), that had been analyzed by a gem laboratory and made public.  When I heard about the finding of copper in the tourmaline on my birthday, before it was published in GIA’s Gem and Gemology magazine, I know it would be important for tourmaline and it was.

I will have much more to say about “Laurellite” on this site, but for now I will just post the picture I have of a unique bi-color in the collection.  You will find the picture shows a “daylight” color distribution with the violet end toward top and I am unable to really show the color change with pictures.

It weighs 1.16 very important carats.  This may help answer questions about why there is Laurellite.




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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