Purple brown in a dark package, oval#546

Dark brown with flashs of purple oval. This dark toned brown is a desaturated purple that has no copper. It is flash driven, eye clean and with fine crystal. It weighs 3.27 carats.

This gemstone is an example of how you have to buy in the world of tourmaline rough to quest for color.  I consider tourmaline to be a world of color possibilities. Opportunities appear which demand action because if you miss the train, it will not be back anytime soon.  I have posted maybe half a dozen examples of purples that range from a pretty bright maroon to this gemstone that is a brown with some purple flash.  When the first examples of this material came out of Africa, I was offered a private deal and I jumped on it.  Later I was more moderate in my enthusiasm because while being different, it has a limited appeal as an example of color in tourmaline.  So enough is enough, but if I hadn’t moved in the first place I would have misses the train.  Did I get a good economic deal, has really never been the key to my quest for color in tourmaline.  That doesn’t mean that I have not been forced to pass on very expensive material.

This oval is dark with a flash driven purple.  The darkness comes in the form of brown from the low level of saturation of the purple,which is typical of that color when it is not based on copper.  The gemstone is eye clean and has fine crystal, but is so dark that it would be hard to see the effect of inclusion and crystal, except for an impact on the flash.  It weighs 3.27 carats.


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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