Smaller whiter round#917

small Achroite Probably the whitest of the group, without gray, blue or pink touches. It is from Afghanistan.



I probably shouldn’t spend much time on a color less .40 carat round standard brilliant, but I have been force to compare several Achroites while writing and this little gem is the whitest of the bunch.  Afghanistan has done it again.  It certainly produces exceptional tourmaline.  Seeing how white a tourmaline can be (Elbaite is intrinsically colorless) in my collection has little economic incentive, but it does drive the quest for beauty in tourmaline.






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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