Copper and Manganese made a Lady of Her, round#271

Excellent, medium light, slightly included, pastel lavander round.  #271 This is a beautiful standard round brilliant in a truly rare, well saturated, pastel lavender. It is cuprian and is slightly included. It has a fine medium tone level and weighs 2.68 carats.

I am not a great believer in luck, but there are times when you’re game plan works out.  My game plan with the collection was not to secure the best investments or even the prettiest tourmaline, but to chase color.  I call it my quest and just like with Don Quixote it can be an impossible dream filled with windmills.  I have had help along the way from quite a few people, some of which only taught me what not to do.  On the positive side, I have to give special credit to an individual out of South Africa who supplied much of the tourmaline in the quest and behaved with integrity and enthusiasm.  I was also fortunate to be working with some of the right people at the right time, to benefit from the discovery of cuprian tourmaline in Mozambique and when high quality Afghanistan material was more available.  Yes I was lucky with the timing of the quest, but my game play had set me up to successful in exploiting my luck.  Today the quest is being stymied by high cost and a complete lack of interesting material from most sources that I can find.  I have not given up completely, but I think there has been a fundamental restructuring of the market for rough tourmaline and the amateur cutter, a tiny part of the trade, is the biggest looser.

The biggest part of the quest for me and my need to create beauty was a dedication to cut as beautiful a stone from the precious rough as I could.  It has been emotional at times.  Please enjoy the products of the quest presented on this site, like the following posted gemstone.

This wonder lavender, standard round brilliant, is not a high point nor does it represent an historical turning point in the quest.  But it represents the depth of beauty I was fortunately able to cut and include in the collection.  It really appears eye clean from face up, but it is included.  The group of inclusions are in the pavilion and can best be seen by turning the stone over.  They are there because I made the deliberate decision to go for all the color/tonal value I could get out of the alluvial pebble that had a medium light tone value  and a pastel color.  I don’t regret it in the least.  Its cleanliness is much superior to  most of the material I have been able to get after copper was discovered in gem quality tourmaline from Mozambique in material I sent the GIA to be analyzed.  I have since named the copper bearing material I sent, with a unique reverse Alexandrite color change, Laurellite and you can read much more about it on other posts at this site.

This bright flashy lavender gem weighs 2.68 carats of delightfully exotic beauty in 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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