Old #44 is a large peach oval with a heart of green.

A significant green and peach pastel bicolor, oval This eye clean and bright bicolor oval has the pastel green in the culet that mixes with the peach crown to make yellows and golds along with unmixed peach and green. It is an very interesting example of mixing colors in tourmaline. It weighs 16.11 carats.

This oval is one of the first larger tourmalines I cut and I even remember the listed sale number it had (44).  The rough was advertised to have peach and green, which can make an undesirable mixture.  I think that this is why the rough was not taken on the first go around.  When I saw it come around again, after wondering where the rough went, that was not sold at first, I decided to risk it and buy the piece.  The rough turned out to be a completely eye clean bicolor.  With the green in the culet, as I cut the  stone, the swirling mixture of peach and green makes shades of yellow and gold.  The green can be seen, but it is very weak in tone.  So old 44 turned out to be bright, eye clean and a large sized example of mixing colors in tourmaline.  It weighs 16.11 carats and is a significant member of the collection.


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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