But A Moment to See Chrome is Better

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This chrome tourmaline is a different species (dravite) of tourmaline than Elbaite, which is the most common tourmaline made into gems.  When just enough vanadium/chrome is found in dravite, you get an outstanding green.  Unfortunately chrome tourmaline ‘s tone level is higher that optimal, many times even when it is in small pieces.

This nice sized round (1.84) carats is a good size for chrome tourmaline.  It defies the odds by being not too dark and having a touch of blue in its color.  It has great crystal and is eye clean.  To cut to the chase, this is a great round and would look beautiful for any use in jewelery.


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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