Small Namibian blue round, droplets of the gods.#103

A great Namibian blue droplet of colo #104 This standard round brilliant is one of those great, eye clean, medium toned droplets of color from Namibia, that deserves to be called an indicolite. It weighs .55 carats.

I don’t mind taking a moment to talk about Namibian blue tourmaline.  Namibia is one of the small, select, group of locations in the world that  produces brilliant pure blue tourmaline that deserves to be call Indicolite.  The material can have a dark tone level and is routinely heated to lighten it.  The heating can even be done in the rough stage.   I have had problems with the rough’s stability, namely moving flaws that are hard to grind out, that may be a result of the heating.  Though, in the end, most of the blues I have from Namibia are eye clean and with good crystal.  Finally I think that on a purely color/hue basis top quality Indicolite from Namibia is a better saturated blue than most cuprian tourmaline gemstones.

This smaller standard round brilliant is a beauty.  It has nothing to talk about, but its great color, medium tone level and fine purity as it is inducted into the droplets of color.  It weighs .55 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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