Do you want to have fun on a dark winter night, looking at tourmaline?

I have been working on upgrading the tray section of this site.  In order to get a handle on the dynamic nature of color in tourmaline I have a number of different lights to use on them, to try and describe their color.  Some stones slide around a great deal more than others and some cuts are harder to get a good look at, than others.

Well I have found a set up that is both fun, beautiful and entertaining for looking at my collection of tourmaline.  It is nothing more than a bulb, in my case a miniature fluorescent one, that is inside a yellowish shade.  I put the tourmaline gemstone face up toward the ceiling, in side the shade.  Wow, every facet that ever was cut seems to flash at the same time.  Darker stones that are rather lazy come alive.  It is great fun and the site of all those stones, in fullflash, is beautiful.

Now I am not saying that this arrangement of the stone being so close to a bulb inside a shade is a normal/average way to display a gemstone, but it is a visual delight.  One reserved for those lucky enough to have a well cut and polish gemstone.  If it has great color, so much the better.


As a foot note, I have found that looking at the collection in a room blessed with many windows and indirect sunlight coming off of new fallen snow, is the best set up to make the collection display beautifully.  It seems that all the tourmalines like the set up and respond accordingly.




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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