Hot pink with a couple of growth tubes round.#21

A hot, hot medium toned round with a few growth tubes.  #21 This standard round brilliant is a really hot pink that grabs the eye. It has good crystal and is eye clean except for a few growth tubes. It weighs 3.63 carats.

I love this stone.  Every time I check out this tray, the stone jumps out at me.  It has a very clean body except for a few growth tubes.  Growths tubes form inside a crystal of tourmaline when something interrupts the growth of the crystal in a small area of the principle axis.  The resulting tube that is formed is always parallel to the c axis and has flat sides like a crystal.  Depending on their diameter and density, they can make a tourmaline suitable for having an eye stone cut from it or just be a little nuisance like in this gemstone.  This hot pink and it is hot, weighs 3.63 carats.  I should also say that its great medium tone level helps turn up the heat.


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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