Included pinker shade of cuprian tourmaline, Mozambique#631

A fine, rare purple pink, cuprian droplet of color from Mozambique  #631 I did not put included in the title of this standard round brilliant, because that is the norm with this material. I love the purple pink color and the droplet of color is bright and flashy despite the inclusions. It weighs 1.52 carats.

This pink definitely has the glow of copper’s purple and it has been confirmed with my spectrometer.  It is included, but the medium light, well saturated, standard round brilliant is still bright and flashy because most of the area corrupted by the fine flaws is not under the table.  I love new shades of color in tourmaline and copper combined with manganese in tourmaline from Mozambique has been so exciting.  This is especially true because I have been able to get unheated material, where basically everything from Paraiba has been heated.  A professional heater, who worked with high grade Paraiba from Brazil, told me that even the best grades of original material had a slight grayish tint and he heated the tourmaline to remove it.  Even ruby red tourmaline from Paraiba was heated in the quest to get the neon cyan blue burst of money.  I vote strongly for keeping cuprian tourmaline from Mozambique unheated, but that is not the way the world is going.  The pretty and rare droplet of color weighs 1.52 carats and probably doesn’t have enough copper in it to turn a decent blue threw heating.


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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