Purple Tourmaline Gemstones
Round – 1 to 5 Carats
This standard round brilliant is significantly included and that definitely impacts the beauty of the stone. Still it is a very rare Laurellite, a name I give to a cuprian, reverse Alexandrite color changer. It has good color and a moderate tone level. It is from Mozambique and weighs 2.43 carats.
>> Yes, my spectrometer detected copper in this gemstone and I purchased it as a blue purple cuprian. I have stared hard at this standard round brilliant many times and I think I can see a fleeting hint of blue purple sometimes, but most of the time it is one of the purest of the pure, achroite. It is definite pure and bright and weighs 2.17 carats.
I love this gemstone in ways no one else can appreciate. When some tourmaline from Mozambique was found to have copper, as a chromophore, the prices of the material escalated quickly. Also the availability of quality material decreased rapidly, I went with the flow and kept buying colors that I liked, included or not. The rough for this beautiful round, to me, was a mess. But it was big enough that I could manage to get a very nice bright, relatively clean, Laurellite round out of it. I lost a lot of material, but the discovery that it was a Laurellite, reverse Alexandrite color changer, was certainly enough to placate me. I particularly like it's medium tone level and that the inclusions don't flash. It weighs 4.15 carats.