Nigerian Red Beauty Oval#1051


Great Red in a Deep Oval, Nigerian This is an outstanding red from Nigeria. It has great purity and crystal that is unusual for a rubellite. Its tone is just right for a rich flashy stone. It weighs 7.18 carats.

There have been better times in the rough tourmaline business.  Some twenty years or so ago a gigantic amount of reddish tourmaline was found in Nigeria.  There was so much that it actually depressed prices and it seems like everyone that was in the business got some.  The stone I am posting about came from that find.  It came from the residual stock of a dealer who is not active anymore.  Now I had to wonder, looking  at the assortment of rough that was sent to me, why this or that had not sold before.  Out of the offering this stone’s rough color was unmatched in its excellence.  When I looked deep into its heart I understood why it had not been sold.  It had a flaw that would make cutting it much less efficient that its shape indicated.  The rough was still marked triple a (minimal flaws) and price accordingly.

Now I crave for different colors in tourmaline, but a good red is very hard to pass up, even if I have examples of the wonderful color.  And this was probably my last chance to  get a great red from an historic find.  So I passed on lesser color and put my money down.  Boy am I glad that I did.  The flaw disappeared a long with a significant amount of material, but the stone worked up beautiful, like other lesser pieces I have work on.

The gemstone I produced has a pavilion that is called “Super Nova” and I only use it when the rough is very deep in relationship to its girth.  The gemstones crown is a deep one and made up of three rows of rectangular shaped facets like an emerald cut. The combination of deep crown and deep pavilion enabled me to get a very good yield on the piece of rough, after I removed the flaw. Better yet, it produced an outstanding red (rubellite) worth every penny to me.

This deep oval weighs 7.18 carats.  It is flawless and has an excellent saturated red hue.  Its tone level is right on for producing a rich stone without reducing the gemstones flash level, which is very high for an oval.  It also stays red in all reasonable “white” lights both natural and artificial.  Some trade people are sensitive about calling a red, a rubellite, if it “browns out” in incandescent light, but that is not a problem with this winner.  It is a true rubellite..  Finally the gemstone’s transparency and purity in a great rich red is seldom seen outside of material from Nigeria.



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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