Lavender without copper, grayed and slightly included, emerald cut.#1117

Interesting medium toned lavender without copper, Madagascar. This emerald cut from Madagascar has a grayed lavender color. It is slightly included and with only acceptable crystal quality. This interesting gemstone weighs 1.06 carats and does not contain copper.

I love purples derived from copper and manganese in tourmaline, but I never wanted them to be my whole purple world.  Therefor I have set sail many times on the quest for any purple with a challenge, are you out there, and only echos came back.  Now I will admit that red with a purplish cast that can be amplified by some white lights to a predominance of purple are not rare and they are not really the purples that I have quested for.  Of course I have picked some of them up along the way and I love them dearly, but it is not the same as a PURPLE.

The posted stone is from Madagascar and is a decent lavender, but with a grayed not well saturated hue.  It crystal is average at best and with maybe a faint inclusion or two.  It tone level is a nice medium level and certainly helps display the color, but nothing this gemstone does can make it really competitive with purple from copper and manganese. (I think that this lavender may be colored by iron and manganese).  This very interesting and attractive emerald cut weighs 1.06 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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