Red Round with a Purple Overtone#1047


Nice red with a purple punch round This round red will have an active element of purple. It is the significant size of 5 carats ( one gram) and appears to be eye clean with a medium dark tone level..

A purple overtone with red (rubellite) is not unusual.  Some people rate the red with a purple overtone very highly (and charge you for it) while others like the pinker reds.  This situation is mirrored, with ruby from different locations.  I like them both, (very big hearted of me) but I prefer reds that stay red with only a mild overtone in all white lights.  That means they do not go brown or too purple.  I am sure that this one will stay red while spicing it up with a sultry purple punch.  It appears to be eye clean and weighs the magic number of 5 carats which makes it a “significant” stone in my book.  To be “significant” the gemstone has to weigh at least 5 carats, which is a  completely arbitrary number, of course.  It is not held back by any flaws and has great crystal.


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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