Public will not buy included tourmaline!

I just finished reading an email from about a year ago, from a cutter that runs a significant selling site on the internet.  He said that people are looking for a reason not to buy gemstones now and he can not sell included stones.  This is sad to me because a large percentage of beautiful tourmaline is included.  So if you have to have gemstones that are internally perfect and graded like diamonds with a ten power loop, tourmaline is really not the gemstone for you.  After years of cutting tourmaline, I have come to the accommodation that how distracting the flaws are, is more important than whether there are imperfections in the gemstone or not.  This has let me venture into shades of color in tourmaline that I have not seen clean and the fun of accepting the challenge to get the best gemstone I can from less than perfect rough.  The yeild in carats may not be good, but if you win a beauty threw careful cutting from lower grade material, it makes me smile.


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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