Grayed Purple Droplet of Color without Copper#611

Grayed Lavander Purple droplet of color.  #6011 This standard round brilliant is eye clean, but it only has a decent crystal. Its color is a nice lavender, but the grays descend on it. It is a droplet of color that weighs 1.06 carats.

The vast majority of purplish tourmalines do not have copper as a chromophore, but I remember the cuprians the most because they are saturated. (and expensive)  This droplet of color has a nice medium toned lavender color, but the grays descend on it.  My spectrometer says that it is probably colored by manganese and iron.  I don’t think that it has any inclusions, but its crystal is only average.  That along with a grayed color makes a somewhat dull stone, that I prize because it is different.   It weighs 1.06 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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