Successful return from my trip to the west.

I am still trying to hydrate after returning from San Diego via the southwest, but I wanted to share some tourmaline related highlights.

1,  My spectrometer’s light source will be modified to be better able to analyze color.

2,  A lead rich Achroite may have been discovered during testing at the Washington University in St Louis. And there is interest in testing more tourmaline.

3,  The GIA will be photographing 50 of my best tourmalines for a potential human interest story in their magazine Gems and Gemology.

4,  The GIA has accepted my last two pieces of rough Laurellite (cuprian, reverse color change tourmaline from Mozambique) for possible testing to more completely understand this unique tourmaline.

5,  I am not a heater, but I will be helping to prepare a significant lot of darker, mostly blue green tourmaline to be heated. I hope that some smaller pieces may be suitable to cut unheated.  It is Brazilian and would be a bit different for the collection.


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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