A smaller medium dark pink oval.#275

Smaller, rich pink oval This darker pink is still flashy and has all the right gemological properties. It weighs 1.45 carats.

I am working on a tray that my son organized years ago after the last Carnegie Museum Show.  It is about 1/3 brown to orange gemstones, 1/10 purples and the rest pinks to reds.  I have not really looked at this tray for years and it is a bit surprising the number of fine, faultless pink to red ovals I cut in the early days.  Now pinks to reds are the most common tourmaline rough, but that was not always the case.  Green dominated for most of the time Brazil was the only really big source for tourmaline.  Viva la pink/reds.

This smaller oval is another winner for the pink team.  Its tone level is medium dark with average flash.  It appears to be eye clean and weighs 1.45 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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