Crisp Clean BlueTouched with Green Emerald Cut#1061


Nice blue with touch of green emerald cut This emerald cut likes to be considered blue, but is on the green side. It is eye clean, not dichroic and of fine crystal. It weighs 1.61 carats.

Most blue tourmaline is on the green side of blue in the color wheel.  The only other side blue can go is toward the purple and I have found that a blue/purple tourmaline to the hardest part of the color wheel to get in tourmaline.  Without the discovery of cuprian in Mozambique I doubt that I would have any worthwhile blue/purples to show.  Now many of the blues are grayed, but that has to do with a desaturated color and gray has no place on the color wheel.

This smaller emerald cut would like to be blue and I would like to give her the blessing.  But when I compare her with more saturated blue gemstones, her place is not with them.  Having a pastel tone level makes it harder to place gemstones in the color wheel, so I guess I can be forgiven for leading her on  when I labeled her box with blue.   She is certainly not grayed and certainly has many years of flashy clean living ahead of her.  She weighs a trim 1.61 carats and has forgiven me for this revealing post.


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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