Darker toned purple red oval

Darker red purple brown oval This red,purple,brown oval makes a rich powerful statement. It is too dark to be really flashy, even though it is eye clean and has fine crystal. The gemstone weighs in at 1.98 carats.

Looking over this darker toned purplish red oval produces a feeling of restrained power.   It appears to be eye clean and this gemstone is not hazy, but it has too high a tone value to be really flashy.  I  think that there maybe elements of brown, which is generally, not considered desirable in reds, in this stone under some white lights.  Both the brown and purple sides of this stone are restrained by the central depth of red it possesses.  The quality of polish is essential to bringing to life a stone like this, because much of its color is  flash driven.  To sum up, I like this complex personal gemstone that shares its beauty in an intimate setting with adequate light.  It weighs in at 1.98 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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