A spunky pale yellow pastel oval that is included.

Included, pale pastel yellow, with good saturation, oval. This pale pastel yellow has good saturation (purity of color) and many inclusions including a slight feather down the middle of the stone. Still it is valued in the collection for its color and tone. It weighs .90 carats.

It has been a long time since I have stopped to look at an old friend.  When I started cutting again after a long hiatus, I purchase lots (parcels) of smaller rough.  I had set out to find color and smaller makes color more affordable.   One of the first dealers I dealt with was out of Florida.  I think I shocked his wife when I called to order rough, because I did not place orders over the inter net at first.

When things settled down I order a few things, one of which was a lot of Brazilian tourmaline, the likes of which I have never seen again.  It was small and included of course, but it was a most delightful combination of pink, yellow and blue green pastels.  I worked to get anything out of the rough, but it was pretty included.  I put that aside and purchased another lot and between the two lots I did get some decent little stones.

The posted gemstone is the biggest yellow that I was able to cut.  It is without green under any reasonable conditions and has almost an IceT tone level (light tone level).  It rather reminds me of lemon juice and while it has decent crystal the whole stone is filled with bright dots of inclusion and a slight feather down the middle of the gemstone.  Still I am pleased to have this sample, that between its color, with its good saturation and tone level is unique in the collection.  And that is after many years of trying to get any yellows I could.  It weighs .90 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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