Blue Purple Color a Tourmaline Quest

As I have written, one of the colors of tourmaline I wanted to obtain when I started cutting again after many years was blue purple.  One of the best things about being able to purchase unheated Mozambique cuprian tourmaline for awhile was the relatively abundance of blue purple tourmaline.  I have come to the conclusion that copper and manganese does produce purples, that if found without copper, must be very rare.  This comes from the fact that I have not been able to obtain a nice specimen of medium toned non cuprian blue purple tourmaline.

I have found a site that has a price list for tourmaline that includes blue purples and they declare them to be “common”.  If that is so and I have missed the boat, would the people on board please send me their experiences with blue purple tourmaline.  I need to know.




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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