Afghan pink/blue pastels a broken embrace

 

pale pink round Afghanistan standard round brilliant cut from pale Afghan rough that originally a bi-color pale blue round Afghanistan rough Standard round brilliant cut from Afghan rough that was originally a bi-color.

 

For a while I was able to deal with a source of tourmaline rough that had a direct connection for Afghanistan material.  I not only bought individual stones, as I usually do, but also a few lots.  The pastel pink and blue rounds pictured above are examples of a couple of rounds of purchases of lots threw that source.   I titled this post as a  broken embrace, because the tourmaline rough, as found in Afghanistan was a bi-color.  There is always potential breakage at the junction of colors in a bi-color because of stress in the crystal.  In this case, even with such pale colors, the stress was too much to hold the crystals together and I only go one bi-color out of the lots.   The crystal was pure and had the lowest level of tone that I found in the lots.  I have describe that bi-color in a previous post as almost colorless and an example of IceT.

 

 

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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