Going nuts over Christmas

I hope everyone is having a pleasant holiday season.  I usually have a choice specimen to cut over Christmas since it a pretty quiet time for me.  But this year the rough stocking is empty.  Credible reports have come in that the Chinese are purchasing all the rubellite in an establishment regardless of price, everything a mine produces is going to China except for a little that falls threw the cracks and my African dealer does not even return my emails.

So what is a cut/collector/love of tourmaline suppose to do.  Well I purchased a powerful nut cracker and pounds of black walnuts/hickory nuts/butternuts and have been cracking since Thanksgiving.  I am pushing to get an assortment of Christmas cookies together before I crack up.

That is not the only reason I have not posted for a while.  I have been out on the road testing some jewelers interest in tourmaline.  I really don’t think that many people are ready for the new world of pricing in tourmaline.  And I am not willing to be too accommodating with even average tourmalines, when I have very little chance of getting anything to replace it.

It is a sad epitaph since I rather have exciting tourmaline to work on than a more valuable collection.  Well, my wish for the New Year is that somewhere in the world a great deposit of tourmaline is discovered.  Still I doubt that much will ever become available to the custom cutter again.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.



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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