Fighting the good fight to keep cutting interesting tourmaline.

I have begun to work with a Nigerian dealer, who now works in the US, He just got back from a buying trip to Nigeria. If you have read, like I did, that the Chinese have left the market and the supply of rough is better, you will be disappointed like I was. Prices are still historically high and more distressing, there is not a lot of material out there. In an effort to get high quality Rubellite, only two dealers showed up and their prices could not be negotiated down to the point of having any margin for profit. He did get some nice material in other colors, but really was not able to spend all his backing resources effectively.

I am still cutting a wide variety of tourmaline, but it has taken digging into friendships and established commercial relationships to get by. I have very limited faith in inter net pictures to help purchase rough. And with prices the way they are, going slow with new dealers is essential. This helps reduce the risk of buying tourmaline rough , but can never eliminated it.


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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