Medium toned, lightly included lavender droplet of color, cuprian #11

Included medium toned lavender droplet of color, cuprian  #11 This lavender standard round brilliant is cuprian and comes from Mozambique. It has good clearity for cuprian tourmaline and is bright and flashy. It weighs 1.72 carats and could not keep the droplets of color away.

I love lavender tourmaline and can turn a very deaf eye to their inclusions.  But with this standard round brilliant I don’t have to.   It has some fine scatter, a but it is pretty transparent and flashy.  The color has good saturation and nice medium tone level for such a small stone.  It weighs 1.72 carats and I am sure that I purchased it before copper was discovered in tourmaline from Mozambique.


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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