Smallest round in the collection and a green dot of color.#109

A small dot of color, chrome tourmaline with a great green color. #109 This small standard round brilliant is as small I have cut anything. It still has a great green hue because it is a chrome tourmaline. It weighs .11 carats.

This is as low as I have ever cut a small gemstone.  This standard round brilliant only weighs .11 carats, but it is a chrome tourmaline and probably has as good a green as there is in the collection.  If it was a more “normal” size it would be black and points out the fact that much of the chrome tourmaline in the world has tone levels that are too high, but a great saturated color.  This little guy is proud of having its own storage box and a membership in the dots of color group.


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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