Achroite small round#915

Achroite, Small standard round brillilant This .65 carat Achroite, colorless, tourmaline is a nice associate member of the droplets of color group, since it is the correct cut and size. It is just missing color and has a somewhat flawed nature.

 

This small standard round brilliant probably came from Afghanistan.  It has a  rather flat crown and is simply without color.  It is not clean, but has not large naturals.  It came from the center of a crystal with a watermelon color distribution that had a “rind” that I could not retain in the gemstone.  It is not that unusual to run into rough that has areas of color that can not be retained in any reasonably constructed gemstone.  But you certainly are expected to pay for color where ever it is found in the rough.

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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