Great Sapphire Like Blue Tourmaline#246

Excellent Namibian Blue too Oval This is a very expensive gemstone per carat. It is a blue GEM from Namibia and they produce the best blues in tourmaline outside of cuprian. It is pure and sweet.

I was able to buy a nice sized lot of very good blue Namibia tourmaline before my source dried up and prices climbed to ridiculous heights.  I am reminded of how fortunate I was when I checked out this BLUE oval for the first time in a long time.  It was buried in a tray of pretty average greens that my son organized after the last Carnegie Museum show.

This gemstone has everything it needs to be a GEM.  For those who like blue this will make you happy.  This flawless GEM weighs 2.26 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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One Response to Great Sapphire Like Blue Tourmaline#246

  1. paraibaesque says:

    Bruce, how is Nambian tourmaline identified? I bought a piece in the late 1980s but
    lost the index card from the source. I believe it was from Nambia, but it was so long ago I can’t remember now. It has a purple base, a blue body, and a green tip with tiny
    particles of mica(?) on the termination. The termination also has strange “etchings”
    on it, and it looks like a step-pyramid.

    (The pics are available at Gemology Online. I am paraibaesque there as well. Or just
    google “26 gram tourmaline” and you will see a fantastic blue crystal with a green tip)

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