Good saturation in a medium dark toned pink droplet of color.#4

Nice darker pink droplet of color.  #4 This standard round brilliant has a slight inclusion and is well saturated, like most of my pink tourmaline. It weighs .47 carats and keeps the ball rolling with the droplets of color.

In working with color, the word saturation is not how deep the color is, but rather how pure the color is.  That is how much gray hinders the color.  Most if not all of my pinks have a good saturation, because there is not much call for, or reason to carry grayed pinks commercially.  I once had a specimen that had a strong gray axis and pink axis, but I couldn’t get a stone out of it.  I do have some pinks that I cut into emerald cuts that have a slightly grayed a/b axis, but I don’t really consider them grayed pinks, because the more saturated pink c axis dominates the gemstone.  This droplet of color appears to be eye clean and weighs .47 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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