A simple, small pink round, cut to fill the empty hours.

Pretty, little, medium light toned, slightly included, pink round. The title pretty much says everything about this modest stone. It is a very nice pink and the inclusions do not bother its brightness. This standard round brilliant weighs .43 carats.

The market for anything decent in rough tourmaline is tough.  Even pinks and greens that are pretty ordinary are demanding much higher prices.  In order to keep cutting I have just about clean out my inventory of rough.  The posted  standard round brilliant is the type of stone that has been waiting a long time to be cut.  This is not because the bright pink round lacks eye appeal.  It is just that the color is common and the body small and slightly included.  There were always higher mountains to climb, but now the work is done and this medium light toned stone weighs .43 carats.

Bruce

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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