Strawberry, just a bit hotter pink, round#729

Strawberry from Afghanistan, droplet of color. Strawberry is always included and comes from Afghanistan. It is an extremely hot pink in this standard round brilliant. They gave this material a good name. It weighs .61 carats and is of course a droplet of color.

The use of strawberry for the color of this included standard round brilliant is not my creation.  It is used in Afghanistan to label this, always included, extremely hot pink tourmaline.  I also was told that it generally comes in larger crystals than the pastel material from Afghanistan.   It was also interesting to me that the rough was sawed and not cobbled like normal rough from there.  The dealer’s clan had sent a batch to Brazil to be enhanced by radiation, but it was not successful enough to do it again.  I have only a couple of pieces and this was custom made for the droplets of color.  It weighs .61 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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