The Laurellite “discovery” gemstone. Cuprian tourmaline from Mozambique#944

High grade Laurellite, flawless and medium toned. This is one of the original Laurellites that I sent to the GIA to be tested. It is without problems and is my best Lauellite, a name I use for cuprian tourmaline that has a reverse alexandrite color change. It weighs about 5 carats.

This GEM, exceptional gemstone, started my path in helping discover copper bearing tourmaline from Mozambique.  I gave her, Laurellite, as a name that is based on my older daughter’s name, because this exceptional, new variety of Elbaite, deserves a pretty name.   I have posted about the excitement and history of this stone before, so I will limit this post to just describing her.

She is not dichroic and is lope clean except for a few extremely minor inclusions.  A moderate tone level graces her split personality of purple under natural light and blue with some green under incandescent light.  She has been all around the world to be tested and is glade to be home.  She weighs 5.69 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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