Slightly sleepy, included, dichroic, blue oval.#518

Sleepy, dichroic, medium dark blue oval I can see both dichroic blues in the gemstone that is moderately dark, but they just don't have the fire and bright flash I would expect. This sleepy oval is slightly included and weighs .78 carats.

I usually think of sapphire and garnet when I hear sleepy, but that is what this oval is.  I can see both dichroic blues in the gem’s flashes and they are not exceptional dark.  But the pizazz is not there.  It does have some light inclusions and I expect that its crystal is not very good.  Also, the lack of transparency has been seen in other blues, for some reason.  The sedate, rather sleepy, medium dark oval weighs .78 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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