Eye clean with good crystal, lavender droplet of color, cuprian#1

Lavender in a light toned droplet of color. #1 This standard round brilliant is a very nice smaller cuprian tourmaline. It has a light toned lavender color and appears to be eye clean. It came from Mozambique and weighs ,50 carats. A dream for the droplets of color.

I usually don’t advertise the gemstones cleanliness in its title, but with cuprian tourmaline it is a question with every stone, no matter how small.  I am sure that I purchased the rough and finished the standard round brilliant before copper was discovered as a chomophore in gem quality tourmaline from Mozambique.  It is small at .50 carats, but still has a discernible lavender color in a light tone value that keeps it out of the band of IceT palefaces.


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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