Blue Green Too Dark To Handle?

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I remember being shown some larger sapphires years ago, that had such a high tone level that you saw their color only when they flashed.  They had some interest, but were not my choice.  This blue green tourmaline sails in the same sea as those sapphires.  It appears to be eye clean, but it would be hard to see minor inclusions in such a rich gemstone.  It weighs 1.42 carats and is on a waiting list with the droplets of color, who think that they have the same color in a lighter tone.   The droplets of color are a mighty band of smaller standard round brilliants that work together, to span the world of color in tourmaline in all its glory.


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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