Blue purple included round,cuprian#999

Great color in a modest included round This standard round brilliant has significant inclusion that effect the stone's quality. I love the stone for its rare blue purple color and that it is still bright. The gemstone weighs 4.28 carats.


The title is frank and earnest and will probably leave you completely unprepared for my outburst.

I love this stone, I love this stone, I love this stone …

This purple floats around like all purples do under different “white” light sources and may even be a color changer (Laurellite), but I don’t care.  It is definitely included and the inclusion have visual impact, but I don’t care.  So what do I care about and why did I fall in love with this modest gemstone.

It is a true blue purple under most lighting conditions.` The standard round brilliant moderates the impact of the fairly uniform spread of inclusions and lets the moderately toned, still transparent,gemstone shine.  Of course my love is also predicated on my knowledge that is a pretty rare tourmaline, even in the family of cuprian gemstones. (It could be heated to a blue) I am not saying that its inclusion set it apart,  but its open nature and color make it a gemstone that I need in my color wheel and the culmination of a long search.  Besides I bought it as a cab grade piece, that was affordable and got a better than expected overall gemstone with exceptional color.  I have congratulated myself with a lack of modesty, in my solitary nights.  It weighs 4.28 carats.




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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