Included pink with a speck of purple, dot of color.#603

Included light pink with touch of purple dot of color. copper  #603 This standard round brilliant shows its copper with a touch of purple. It is included and has a pale pastel tone level. It weighs .41 carats and feel comfortable with the dots of color.

It is amazing  to me how much being “in” can matter when it comes to price.  I truly love cuprian tourmaline, but only stones with higher quality colors should warrant a big differential in price. (in my opinion)  When I got the rough for this standard round brilliant that is peppered with little inclusions, I had difficulty in seeing any indications of it being copper bearing.  After finishing the stone, I can see just a hint of purple, but that along with my spectrometer says copper.  So it joins the dots of color as a uniquely timid example of the influence of copper on a lightly toned pink.  The cute round weighs .41 carats.


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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