It is final, this is the best green, bar none, in the collection!

Bright green, chrome tourmaline round, best green in the collection This standard round brilliant is the best green in the collection. It is tiny at .21 carats, but that permits the usually too darkly toned chrome tourmaline to shine its great solid green.

Now that is a big title for such a small stone, but it is true.  This standard round brilliant only weighs .21 carats, but it is a chrome tourmaline and that means GREEN.  Chrome is really a misnomer because it is usually colored by vanadium.  And the tourmaline species is Dravite (not a brownish Elbaite) and that produces gemstones with a different visual impact than Elbaite, which is the principle producer of gemstones out of the group of minerals called tourmaline.

There may be other chrome tourmaline that match this stone in hue, but most chrome tourmaline has a darker tone level than the optimal.  With this little gem, you get green, flash and a great tone level that makes a statement bigger than its small size.


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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