Pure Blue Oval#986


Dainty Blue Oval with Flash for Everyone This oval has a good medium pastel blue color and is clean with good crystal. It is a good size at 1.51 carats for a beautiful ring.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with with bright, flashy medium pastel  blue oval.  It is not noticeably dichroic and it has great transparency, without a flaw in the sky.  So why does it leave me rather cold.  It really needs a good old fashion incandescent to give it life.  I morn the passing of incandescent light with its power to energize some colors.  Both blue and green tourmaline can get a real boost from the yellow glow.  So I recommend that anyone interested in the beautiful world of tourmaline color , be sure to squirrel away some incandescent light bulbs and at least one fixture  (use them to view tourmaline) to keep seeing tourmaline in all its glory.  This oval weights 1.51 carats and has a three step crown.  I put an extra row of facets on the crown, because this is a nice dainty stone.


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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