Another deep round in pink , down home goodness for the holidays.

It is always nice to sit down at least once during the holiday seasons to the smells and cheer of a familiar home cooked meal with family.  Recently I have been cutting some smaller and unusual tourmalines that have pushed me to wonder how I managed to cut every tourmaline in my collection.  Well I am finally sitting down to enjoy my holiday comfort food, pink tourmaline fresh from Africa.  It is an average pink in color, size and tone value, while it has great crystal and is very clean.  But the best thing of all, is it polishes like a dream.  I feel in control as the grind marks melt away just as I reach my meets.  I have found this to be the case before with medium pastel pinks.  They have just enough manganese (possibly) to speed polishing without causing under cutting. (mostly on the table, perpendicular to the principle axis.   They also don’t have problems with chipping that hot pinks can have a temper tantrum with.

I feel like it is still the  holidays (01/05/2014) because I will finally get to see my new grand son next weekend after waiting out the weather.  (He is in Michigan).  I should have the pink done by then and I am feeling a bit of the glow from its pink heart already.  (01/06/2014) Well it is finish and a real beauty.  Unfortunately I chipped it a little next to the girdle, but it is a very strong tourmaline and should still be pretty in an appropriate setting.


Picture to follow after I get my photographer in focus.


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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