Copper and Purple hand in hand, round#281

Purple from copper in the soul, round, that is included. I feel fortunate to have this gemstone even though it is a smaller standard round brilliant and included. The purple is great and with a moderate amount of flash and tone level, it caries the gemstone. It weighs 2.30 carats.

I usually put included before everything else when it is a definite factor in the gemstone, but with cuprian purple it is a different ball game.  Purple ,like this stone has, requires copper if it comes from Mozambique, I think.  And much, if not most, of the cuprian material from Mozambique is included, but still highly valued and beautiful.

About one half of the posted stones table is muted by fine inclusions that produce little detracting reflection, but reduces the flash from that section of the round.  The stone depends on the rest of the round standard brilliants to really push out that purple power and it does along with a reasonable attempt from the included section.  Still the quality of the whole gemstone,s crystal is below average.  But here comes the  the really important part.  The gemstones level is moderate and the purple is outstanding.  So with all this gemstones problems I am very happy to have it in the collection and it seems to weigh more than its 2.30 carats.


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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