Red/Pink, how little it takes to sway me, great droplet of color. #7

Excellent red pink that is eye clean and bright, droplet of color.  #7 This standard round brilliant is still a pink, but it has the reddish look that gets me excited. It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal. It weighs .85 carats.

If you have read many of my posts about pink tourmaline, you will see that pink is the most common color, by far, that is suitable for making rounds.  So I am a bit jaded when it comes to many average pink rounds without something exciting about the stone.  What does it take to get me a excited, a good dose of saturated red.  That dose of red lifts this droplet of color almost into the hallowed grounds of a fine red, that is not attained by many tourmaline.   This red pink appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It weighs .85 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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