Green Dot of Chrome Tourmaline

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When I first started back into faceting after a long hiatus, I did not spend a lot of money on rough.  To get anything to cut that had decent color in tourmaline I had to go small.  And being small became a goal of mine.  Keeping the rough on the dop stick became the principle problem.

This Chrome tourmaline (probably colored more by vanadium than chrome) had a high enough level of tone, great saturation and small rough size to try and go for the limit.  And the limit it set at .11 carats.  It still has plenty of green flash and is an original color dot.  All the dots  are round standard brilliants.


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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