Fine medium dark forest green droplet of color.#171

A fine green with no visible dichroism, droplet of color.  #171 This standard round brilliant has a nice pure color from no signs of dichroism and is a medium dark toned forest green. It appears to be eye clean and weighs 1.51 carats. The droplets of color await her in the glen.

Honesty is the best policy, but I don’t claim to be unbiased.  I think that tourmaline has the most exciting greens in the gemstone world.  It might not have the ultimate green of an emerald buried in a museum or the index of refraction of a tsavorite, but for a neon look, even in green, it is hard to beat cuprian tourmaline and for saturation it is hard to beat a top quality medium toned chrome tourmaline.

This droplet of color is a nice medium dark green and doesn’t aspire to the gemological heights I just presented.  But it is a small building block in the spectrum of greens that overwhelms the competition.  This standard round brilliant appears to be eye clean without visible dichroism and weighs 1.51 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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