More projects with tourmaline on the way.

A new page will appear that will have only tourmaline from my collect on it, in a few days. They will be for sale and the page will be run by my older daughter Laura. All inquires and questions should be sent to her threw a gmail address that will be on the page. It is just a small beginning, but with your support and a bit of luck, sales will help get new material and increase the diversity of color/stones in the collection.

With cutting at a new low, I have begun seriously looking at the absorption graphs that I have taken of the collection over the last few years. It is obvious that I was too hasty in judging small differences in the graphs. It also reaffirms that color in tourmaline is so complex that I am finding more questions than answers from the spectrometry work at times. Still I can easily see many features in the wonderful world of tourmaline. I hope to have everything together to publish interesting absorption graphs, alone with pictures of the stones and the best explanation I can find for the stones color, in a few months. It should be an interesting trip, that I hope you will stop back to enjoy.

Bruce

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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