Getting threw the winter, 1/3 carat of fire

I keep mixing in small pieces of rough from the good old days in with the small amount of cuttable larger rough that I have recently received from Africa. I just finished a 1/3 carat standard round brilliant, out of the hottest red/pink I have ever seen in tourmaline. The best part of cutting the less than 1 carat scrap into the gemstone was seeing it flash its color under the incandescent light I still use to cut under. The material is called strawberry and comes from Afghanistan. To see its color look up # 197, red emerald cut on this site. The material is included, but the 4.37 carat emerald cut is one of my favorite gemstones

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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