Color my world of tourmaline.

I am just back from a month long trip to the west coast. Part of the trip was to the Gem Institute of Americas lab in Carlsbad California. Besides reviewing some research on Laurellite, I got to see some beautiful pictures of my collection. This got me thinking about where I am with my work to enhance my collection. The days of wine and roses are over for cuprian and large museum type stones. The cost and availability of rough makes that quest prohibitive. But the quest for color still goes on. The stones I cut may be smaller and more included, but the color of tourmaline and all its variations has not failed me. I hope to have some of the GIA pictures up on this site soon and I am still working to show off my new generation colorful tourmaline.


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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