Peri-do or Peri-dot it’s really a tourmaline oval#1053

Green to Envy, Peridot, Oval This bright open peridot-green oval is eye clean and very flashy. It is not noticeably dichroic and tourmaline would not be my first guess in the identification game. It weighs 2.87 carats.

I think that the idea of “inventing” modern birthstones that the trade can supply in abundance at a profit is pure genius.  It gives a thoughtful, but naive buyer an easy out, when looking for that special personal gift that he really didn’t spend enough time or money to get.  And women go along with it.

I was once asked to look over a pile of material that women had found at a mine down south.  It was an amazing pile of junk that could not have even come from the same geological setting.  After hearing about a  friend that had been so impressed with finding rough gems, that she spent thousands of dollars having them cut and set in jewelry, I had to try and be nice about her pile of junk.  And I was.

As I gave her a personal journey threw the tourmaline collection, she confessed that her birth stone was peridot.  Now I went for the rational and explained that tourmaline had a great green answer for every peridot and it was more durable with a higher index of refraction.  Tourmalines, like this beautiful medium toned, brightly flashing, peridot green tourmaline tried to reach out to her.  Now she tried to let me down gently, by reassuring me that my tourmaline were beautiful, but she still wanted her real birthstone, peridot.  I really understood, especially since she had never heard of tourmaline before our brief encounter.

This green oval with a bright clean medium green is eye clean and not dichroic.  It can stand on its own merits, but would love to be a jester if I let it.  It weighs 2.87 carats and I love its fresh clean air of spring grass.


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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