Medium toned purple with a bit more pink round cuprian.#43

An exceptional medium tone purple with a bit more pinkish highlights. round  #44 The rough for this standard round brilliant was probably heated to lighten its hue. It is eye clean and with fine crystal. The bright lavender round weighs 4.12 carats and is cuprian.

The rough, for this  standard round brilliant, was probably heated to lighten its original dark reddish purple color.  The heating gradually reduces the reddish component in the color.  This medium toned, lavender pink round is eye clean and with fine crystal.  The reddish purple variety of tourmaline was the only truly clean material that was found at Mavuco in Mozambique, when mining started there. This beautiful and rare round weighs 4.12 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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