Someone has to be in the middle of the bell curve, pink oval.#545

An ordinary, but attractive pink oval. This oval is bright, flashy and eye clean. It is good sized and has fine crystal. So what is missing in this attractive gemstone? A more unusual color for this collection. It weighs 4.36 carats.

I would judge this pink oval to be an example of the most typical pink that is coming out of Africa at the moment (2013).  It maybe a little larger at 4.36 carats and cleaner, eye clean, than most, but the overall look is common.  That doesn’t mean that this moderately toned pink isn’t attractive.  It just means that I hunger to ravish more unusual morsels of color 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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