A silent moment for an exception blue emerald cut from Namibia#361

A GEM (exceptional gem) of a blue tourmaline from Namibia.  #361 This beautiful blue tourmaline from Namibia has it all right and is a GEM of a stone. It has a medium dark tone level and weighs 3.08 carats.

Sometime before the availability of Namibian blue tourmaline decreased greatly for me, I bought a lot from my principle dealer out of Africa.  The lot had over a dozen pieces of rough in it and I am sure some of the smaller blues i have reported on were from that lot, but I don’t clearly remember it.  With this medium dark toned exceptional beautiful blue Namibian tourmaline I am sure it came from “the lot of legion”.  Now some of the rough developed running flaws and are really only display gems (probably from heating), while others were more of a blue green color, but this gem is blue, and pure and flashy for an emerald cut and not dichroic and ….  As long as the descriptive adjective is a positive feature for tourmaline you can add it to the list.  Oh, and it weighs 3.08 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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