Real Red for a Real Droplet of Color

Red Red for a stable droplet of color that is included This standard round brilliant is really red and has a darker tone value. It is included, but dark enough not to show it too much. It weighs 1.23 carats and is a fine member of the droplet crew.

This is one of the anchors upon which the good ship tourmaline, manned by the droplets of color, stays on course.  Except for a few rare cases involving zoned crystals, the reds always have a darker tone value.  And sometimes they can seem to lack as much transparency as you would expect.   Some other reds will disappoint the searcher with a strong purple overtone, or a brownish overtone that comes out in incandescent.  Still the searcher must try to navigate all the near reds and unstable reds and anchor in a safe harbor.   This 1.23 carat standard round brilliant is part of that safe red harbor we have all been seeking.  It is included, but its darker tone level keeps the damage to a minimum.  Its crystal is not the best, but the sultry red that flashes out makes the crew of droplets happy, as they toast it.  For this is a necessary color on the good ship tourmaline.  Trade name for this kind of red is Rubellite.


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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