A purple without copper, oval#533

Included browned purple oval without copper The main interest in this oval is its brown purple color without copper. It is pretty heavily included, but its dark color tends to hide the flaws. It doesn't even have good crystal, but the color keeps it in the collection. It weighs 2.71 carats.

This purple without copper does not have a good saturation level, but it is a purple and therefor rare in the collection.  The stone is included, but its medium dark tone level tends to obscure the inclusions. (I just spotted a non- reflective feather).  The purple is on the reddish side, but I would not call it any kind of red tourmaline.  So I am left with a browned purple, that has at least a moderate load of inclusion, plus less than ideal crystal, to spread the purple as far as it can go.  The quest for filling the color world of tourmaline goes on.  This oval weighs 2.71 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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