It is amazing to me, that after climbing the pinnacles and wandering threw the valleys, of Namibian blue green tourmaline, there is a gemstone that transcends all of them in the same tray. The gemstone does not have the most saturated color, though it is great and its crystal is not exception since it is prone to faint wispy feathers, but its neon brightness demands the eyes attention.
I AM CUPRIAN HEAR MY CRY!
Now I didn’t set up the tray, my son did, after the last gem and mineral show the Carnegie museum in Pittsburgh Pa ever held. So I am not to blame for upstaging the really beautiful blues and greens from Namibia which surround, this gemstone, that I did not even buy as cuprian. Which brings up an interesting point. All of the cuprian tourmaline that I have seen from Mozambique is water worn and it is difficult to see the “neon” look in the material until you cut the gemstone. Now you might ask, how do I know that this bright blue green gem is cuprian, well that is where my handy dandy spectrometer comes in. It clearly shows that this 2.44 carat, neon blue green emerald cut is cuprian. I probably purchased the rough for this beauty, years before copper was discovered by the GIA, in a reverse Alexandrite color changing, cuprian tourmaline, from Mozambique, that I submitted. I now call the new color changing variety of Elbaite tourmaline “Laurellite” after my first born child. Its reverse Alexandrite color change is unique in gemstones.