Little, dark tone level with green flash, chrome tourmaline#118

Small chrome tourmaline with a flash driven green color. #119 This standard round brilliant is a chrome tourmaline. It has a great saturated green color, but too dark a tone level. It weighs .40 carats and is a dot of color.

This round chrome tourmaline has the classic green color, but is so dense that the color is only seen in the flash of this small round.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  There are many things to wish for with color in tourmaline, but my specific wish for chrome tourmaline is not better color, but a better tone level.  It is rather sad to see such a small gem, with such a great color, not be more open and playful.  This standard round brilliant weighs .40 carats and is welcomed into the dots of color corral.


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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