Pink center and blue ends makes a different oval.#1160

Oval with blue ends and a pink center. This oval is the remains of a pink centered/blue rind watermelon tourmaline. It is bright and appears to be eye clean. It is unique in the collection for its color distribution. It weighs .75 carats.

A unique gemstone in this collection must have a interesting story.  I cut away a good part of this oval’s story, when I preformed this oval.  It had been a rather flat section of a watermelon tourmaline with a pastel pink center and a blue rind. (It must have been a cold watermelon)  The rind was uneven as usual and I had to tried hard to position my oval so that I would get equal amount of blue on both sides of the center.  As the work progressed it was hard to tell if I had been successful, but the stone now speaks for itself.

It is an eye clean oval with fine crystal.  A fine lightly toned blue end flows into a pink cent that then is relieved into the other blue end of equal intensity to the first blue end.  The unusual bicolor is flashy and bright  It weighs .75 carats and is confirmed as a unique example of this color distribution in 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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