Big Red is my name, Red is my game, Nigerian Rubellite Oval.#292

Big Red from Nigeria, Darker toned Rubellite, oval. #292 This is a beautiful gemstone that is a personal friend. That is why I call him Big Red. He came from Nigeria and has that deposits eye clean nature along with fine crystal. Its medium dark plus tone level is flashy, but not eye candy. It weighs 9.98 carats.

I will give you a hint.  This large, 9.98 carat medium dark oval is red.  It originated in Nigeria and made a trip to South Africa before showing up in Mars.  Never needing to offer itself on the inter net, it came as a personal side order, without even a photograph.  Ah the adventures of old.  Its red is as good as any of the other stones I have posted about, but its darker tone value keeps it a more personal stone than your average eye candy.  Still it has fine crystal and is eye clean.  I love this stone and it is know as Big Red to me.

Now I need to tell you a something about Big Red that is personal.  I have worked with a jeweler some distance away from my home for a number of years.  The best part of our meetings is showing off new stones and even some of the old ones.  The day in question was gray with snow on the ground.  The jeweler and his brother were having a great time and the brother walked up holding Big Red.  He was saying that Big Red would be a great ruby, if of course, it was a ruby.  Well when I looked down on Big Red under the bluish light coming from a sky light, he was purple.  I have never seen him like that since and it is really too embarrassing to make public,so keep it under you hat.  Such are the mysteries of color in tourmaline.




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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