One of the glories of the collection, Deep Peach and wonderful Round.


It just seems inadequate to call this wonderful stone a round.  It has a pavilion of ten mains of a split nature and the crown is my favorite choice of a modified step cut with 8 mains for brilliant depth.  Flash, we interrupt this post with a new observation.  I got up from the computer and put this brilliant glory under the florescent light inside the yellow shade (my private place) and it was almost too much for my heart.  It certainly was a bright idea. Everything is right with this stone, so I have nothing more to post, (you really need to see this one in person) except to talk about how I got this beauty.  Almost forgot, the round weighs 12.32 carats and I have no idea what its composition is.

It takes continuous buying to stay up with what comes to the market with tourmaline.  It also takes an acceptance that not everything is going to work out.  My quest has been to see and cut all the colors in the tourmaline world and I know that I will never get there, but it has been fun trying.

The posted stone appeared on line and ready to purchased from a new source of tourmaline.  It was said to be in the northern most state of Del Gado in Mozambique.  I had tried to get some rather poor quality material from the same area, from another dealer, and failed to get a stone.  I had  also read a research report by the GIA, that was said to have been done on material from the same area.  It said that the tourmaline was either dravite, the species or liddicoatite another species of tourmaline similar to elbaite (most gemstones), but contains calcium instead of sodium in its structure.

The rough was different.  It was completely water worn and usually in large block- like pieces, that were sometimes tricolor or bicolor, of pastel colors.  The colors included pink, rust, peach, yellow and yellow green.  And all the pieces I got were completely eye clean.  WOW.  They weren’t cheap and frankly they really didn’t move.  I know, because when I go after a popular color like “blue”, I never get everything I tried to buy, but with this Del Gado material I hit a home run.

When I received the material and the bill, I was faced with a challenge that I have seldom faced with tourmaline.  How do I cut bi and even tricolored rough that is not shaped to cut the standard bi and tricolored emerald cuts, along with big blocks of only one color, that were deeper than optimal.  So here I was lost in a sea of big beautifully colored chunks of tourmaline that needed to be disciplined into reasonable gems.  It was fun and got the juices going.  I can be a bit sedentary if I don’t get my dose of color.

So how did it all turn out.  I made the posted peach round, which came from a uniformly color block, as deep as I could.  It is only part of the great suite of stones that I will describe as I post them.  Every one is exceptional and of good size.  And for good measure I will have to post them all together for an eyeful.  The saddest part of the story, is that after the original brief moment of availability, no new material has become available or even been the subject of something I have read.  I feel very lucky to have been in the game when the window of opportunity present it self from Del Gado.




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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