Larger deep round of middle of the road pink#924

 

Large lightly included nice pink round. This deep, split horizontal main, round has light inclusions that are minor. It weighs 10.49 carats, has a nice color and tone level.

I have not cut pink/red tourmaline from every location that it is available from, but I have worked at it.  My principle sources have been Mozambique, Afghanistan and Nigeria with just a touch of Brazil and various African locations, for taste.  I have found that only Nigeria has produced truly pure pinks and reds in abundance.  The rest of the world produces pinks like this large (10.49 carat) deep (split horizontal main) round gemstone.  She is really not a veiled lady, but I just noticed a slight one toward the girdle, but has a significant number of tiny brightly reflecting naturals.  They give the impression of a dusty lady, that can not be cleaned.

This is personal (then what isn’t on this site), but I don’t find this level of inclusion objectionable.  If the stone is ever set and the owner keeps it clean enough to notice these inclusions under normal conditions, I would sing their praises.  Most of my tourmalines are not lop clean and VS and VSS have little meaning in my colored world.  If the “natural” inclusion do not bother me,  I don’t discount the stone.  Of course a great many very small inclusions, that may not even be visible with the lop, can effect the transparency of the gemstone and that does mater.  In general I do not purchase or cut tourmaline rough that does not have good transparency because I facet rather than cut flat sided cabs.

 

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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