Crisp Medium Toned Blue Oval#1036

Nice Namibian Blue Oval with medium tone. This blue is medium toned with an excellent blue hue from Namibia. It appears to be eye clean and weighs 1.36 carats.

This oval is not made of top grade Namibian blue.  But when you’re looking for “different” tourmaline with distinction, you don’t always go for the best.  This oval lacks the tone level of the best, but its color is pretty close to some of the best.  I would call it watery rather than a pastel.  It is open and crisp and with good  crystal.  It appears to be eye clean.  I probably use the adjective “bright” too much, but my effort in polishing combined with the right angles makes bright stones like this one.  I weighs 1.36 carats and would make a nice dainty ring stone.


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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