Pale pink oval with frisky yellowish spot.#1188

Bright pink with a bit of yellow green in the pavilion, oval. This oval has a frisky yellowish spot that is made by mixing the pink body with a bit of yellow green in the pavilion. It is eye clean and bright.. It weighs carats, Nigeria.

This rough for this gemstone is from Nigeria and I have seen quite a bit of it.  The body is a nice pink, but some faces of the crystal have a yellowish green layer on them that appears to have been sprayed on them.  It is all natural and the layer is deep enough  to be incorporated into the finished gemstone.  When the yellow green and pink mix they have the right tone level to produce a yellow.  Now there is very little yellow green in the pavilion of this oval and that makes the yellow spot, made by mixing, seem to bounce around as you turn and twist the stone.  The oval is clean and bright and makes a nice play ground at  1.87 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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