A Red/Pink oval that walks the line.#932

Rich Pink on the line with Red oval A 1.89 carat oval with a simple 3 step crown that is bright, eye clean and on the verge of red. A very nice ring stone.


I don’t think that the debate on the cut off between red and pink is as important with tourmaline as it is with corundum because of the expense that is associated with ruby verses pink sapphire, but is sill important to me.  I have a continuing quest for every red out there and only a moderate need for pinks.  This, in part, is a reflection of the market in Africa where moderate to light pinks are relatively abundant and a good red rare.

This bright clean oval with a simple three step crown has all the great properties of a pink.  Clean color without overtone, great crystal with only mild dichroism, but I want it to be a red.  Now reds tend to be included and at times not very transparent.  They can also temp you with a red c axis and very lightly toned a/b axis that has to be cut as an emerald or oval cut without accentuating the red because you can not waste too much material even in the quest for red.   As the sun rises on this 1.89 carat oval, I have to say it is a rich pink, but when held in the shadow of my heart it pulses with red.  Still a definite winner.



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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