Pink a classic color with an oval shape#921

bright pastel pink oval This 7.11 carat oval has great crystal and is eye clean. The pink is a very common combination of hue(color) and tone level in tourmaline from Africa at the moment.

 

This good sized oval at 7.11 carats is eye clean and has great crystal (very transparent body).   Its pastel color and tone level is probably the most  common combination coming out of Africa at the moment (2013).  Medium pastel pink tourmaline is one of the easiest colors for me to polish and I see only one disappointment with the stone.  It has some minor chipping on its keel.   It is a problem that I have with some tourmaline with some cuts.   I find  pinks  can be prone to it.  I believe that the natural radiation, that probably contributed to the pink color, also damaged the crystal structure.  With darker tone levels and less purity, the minor chipping would not be as noticeable (I this case I am looking for it), but even with this gemstone it does not reduce the beauty of the piece in the real world..

 

Bruce

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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