Nice sized red oval#1046


Nice open moderate toned red oval This red oval has a face up visible flaw in the corner that does not extend under the table. It has good crystal and looks very clean. It weighs 4.61 carats.

When in doubt I like to call a tourmaline red rather than rich pink, so this oval is red.  Its saturation is not the best, but it is a beautiful oval.  Unfortunately there is a flaw that can be seen face up in one corner of the oval, but it does not extend under that table.  Traditionally red (rubellite) was consider a normally included gemstones and it is from most of its locations.  But some places in Africa, like Nigeria, produce a very clean rubellite.  Outside of the flaw, the gemstone has very good crystal and weighs 4.61 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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