Aqua in Jest, for it is really A … tourmaline droplet.#1057


Bright medium blue droplet This aquamarine like blue (indicolite) round appears to be eye clean. Like all pastel tourmaline that are well polished, cut in a standard round brilliant and clean, it is very bright. It weighs .95 carats.

I think that tourmaline would steal much of aquamarine’s thunder if it was more available and less expensive in the lightly toned blues.  Of course aquamarine struggles to be blessed with a darker tone level, while blue (indicolite) tourmaline many times has darker ends and richer personality.  This lightly toned standard round brilliant does not have any problem with darkness.  Actually, its tone level would be a rather good one for aquamarine in such a small size (.95 carats).  We welcome it to the droplets.


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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