Rolling in dots of blue Namibian tourmaline.#1144

Another Namibian blue dot of color. This is a great dot of color. Namibian blue. It appears to be eye clean, but may be too fragile to set. It weighs .27 carats.

Namibia gets my vote for blue in tourmaline.  It may not have the neon look of Paraiba, but I keep finding room in my collection for it.  This dot of color is bright blue and stays blue even in my yellowish light.  It appears to be  eye clean, but I did have problems with stability in members of the lot that this rough came in, so I think I rather look at this beauty than set it.  It weighs .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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