Darker bicolor emerald cut of pink and brown.

Interesting darker bicolor of pink and brown emerald cut. This flash driven bicolor of pink and brown is unique in the collection. It is eye clean and has fine crystal. Its dark tone rather hides its bicolor nature. It weighs 6.21 carats.

Before I was able to buy cuprian material from Mozambique, my opportunities to buy purple tourmaline had been severally limited.  My hope to buy blue purple had been fruitless.  I wished that I had been active when Paraiba was affordable and everything had not been heated to greens and blues.  But the quest must go on and when I received this darker gemstone of a rather peculiar mixture of pink and brown, I somehow saw a bit of purple in the emerald cut, face up.  I named it birich and hoped that this outrider would signal the beginning of something in purple tourmaline.  Well it really wasn’t even a false start and I have never gotten another tourmaline that is similar.

Now looking closely at this unusual tourmaline, I find a complex personality.  It does have a decent flash driven color for an emerald cut, but it does not announce its bicolor nature very easily.  It just seems to play with the eye and maybe flash, even the hoped for purple (not really).  From the back I can easily see its bicolor nature, eye clean body with a decent crystal.  Birich weighs in at 6.21 carats.  He will never win a beauty prize, but he keeps you guessing.



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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