Included Pastel Lilac from Copper Oval

Dellightful lilac color from copper included oval This oval is colored by both manganese and copper. It is included, but still bright. Its pastel color is best seen under lower light conditions. It weighs 1.46 carats.

Looking at this delicate lilac oval whose color is a blessing from copper and comparing it to the exact same material in an oval half it size points up somethings about pastels.  While darkly toned material can get too opaque as the stones get bigger, you can never have a pastel in tourmaline that is too big.  Inclusion are quite noticeable in any size of pastel, but with a good enough color, I am very tolerant of inclusion as long as I have a good amount of transparency, that pastels provide.  Finally the best light to observe any pastel is bright indirect natural light, like you get after the sun goes down and before it gets too dark or off freshly fallen snow.  Pastels seem to soak in color and blossom into beauty.

So before you give up on a pastel gemstone, spend sometime with it.  This posted gemstone, maybe pale and include, but its color is rare and if you pick the right conditions it can be quite delightful.  This gemstone weighs 1.46 carats.

Bruce

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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