Happily it is pink purple time again at the cuprian bar, oval

Great cuprian purple pink color that is only slightly included, Oval. This purple pink is a rare color in tourmaline. This gemstone is almost clean and has a very good saturation level for a purple. It has a good amount of flash and weighs 1.54 carats. It came from Mozambique.

This example of a color that is owned by the cuprian bar is only slightly included.  That makes it the toast of the town and puts many other pink purples from Mozambique to shame.  Still she doesn’t have the best crystal, but that doesn’t stopper her from being flashy.  And she doesn’t come cheap.  If you get her all heated up, she will probably shatter and turn only a very pale shade of blue.  In other words please don’t heat the cuprian purples from Mozambique.  Let them go natural.  This natural beauty weighs 1.45 carats and I bought it without knowing it had copper.


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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