Color Dots, a golden tourmaline round#976

 

Golden Dot of  Color This .30 carat Dot of Color is a mixture of gold and lighter yellow.

When I first started cutting again after many years away from the craft, I did not spend a lot of money.  In tourmaline  I went for lots of small material and tried to see how small a gemstone I could cut.  In nearly all cases this “small effort” was a standard round brilliant.

The gem in the box I am holding is too small to be a droplet and came from a fairly good sized lot of  minus 1 gram pieces of rough that I cut off and on for years.  On a stone this size the meets are all met by polishing and  if the stone does not fall of the dop, it does not take too long to cut.  All of them have good clarity and color or I would not have cut them. The posted dot of color weighs .30 carats.

Bruce

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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