Snappy, sassy, cuprian, pinkish purple, but still lightly included oval#549

Great pinkish purple cuprian oval. This oval has a very nice medium tone level in a very rare color in tourmaline. It came from Mozambique and is quite clean for it kind of tourmaline. It weighs 1.33 carats.

When it comes to cuprian tourmaline with a great pinkish purple color, I am very forgiving with cleanliness, but in this case I don’t really have to be.  It has a moderate tone level, which is beautifully complemented by just having a small amount of inclusions.  This combination makes a smaller stone like this, exceptional good.  I don’t think that this gemstone was heat treated because it is purple and I cut it.  Purples have been partial heat treated to reduce the level of red and tone in some dark tourmaline from Mozambique.  This beauty weighs 1.33 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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