Include sleep time purple with an attraction to me, oval#130

An included and sleepy purple that still pleases, oval #130 I am addicted to cuprian purple. This oval came from a very included piece of rough, and it is a passable gemstone if you love purple with a touch of blue, a rare color in tourmaline, It weighs 1.97 carats.

My principal dealer out of Africa still manages to pick up a few cuprian tourmaline pieces of rough (2013) and I keep spending too much for too little because of my purple addition.  I bought the rough for this gemstone as highly included material, but I saw some transparency in the picture on the internet and gambled on it.  When I get a piece of rough with genuine issues concerning flaws and inclusions, I start removing material that is beyond hope and continuously evaluate the remain options.  I was able to remove all significant feathers except for one that is oriented vertically to the table and cuts across one quarter of the gemstone, barely missing being under the table.  So far so good, but I couldn’t eliminate the gemstones poor crystal qualities and it is rather sleepy.  Still it has a very nice medium toned purple that is a little on the blue side.  Which is great and keeps the stone, with the rare cuprian color, in my collection even if it sleeps a lot.  It weighs 1.97 carats and was a relative bargain for this color because of its transparency problems.  I am pleased with the stone, imperfections and all.


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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