Lavender purple without copper droplet

lavender purple without copper, droplet of color. This standard round brilliant is a great droplet because it is different. It is a pastel purple that is not colored by copper. It has good crystal and appears eye clean. It weighs 1.01 carats.

This standard round brilliant is a welcome guest because it is pastel purple without copper content.  One of the complexities of color in tourmaline is the production of similar if not exactly the same color by different chromophores.  In this the case the stone is probably colored by iron and manganese.  It sells it self with an eye clean flash and good crystal.  It is not there in saturation when compared to copper colored purple tourmaline.  It weighs 1.01 carats and a very welcome addition to the droplets of color that prize different paths to greatness.


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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