A red sails in and interest rises in this round.#28

Red in the flash and in the hearts of my collection, round  #28 I love red tourmaline that is flashy and not too dark like this one. Oh it does have a medium dark demeanor, but it is friendly and eye clean. This standard round brilliant weighs 2.94 carats.

Yes we yet have another standard round brilliant that has won the jackpot and been declared a red.  It has the dark tone value of the usual red, but is missing the inclusions so there is a good chance that it came from Nigeria.  Nigeria is the only place that I know about that produces all shades of pink to top quality Rubellite that is mostly clean.  This gemstone has great flash driven color and weighs 2.94 carats.  This stone’s color is stable and red enough to be call a Rubellite in my book.


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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