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.

Bruce

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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