There are bound to be inclusions with purple, cuprian, droplets of color

Included, cuprian, purple droplet of color This standard round brilliant has a saturated purple hue and a medium tone. It is cuprian from Mozambique. It is included, but that is common with purple which is a very rare color in tourmaline. It weighs 1.08 carats and is a droplet of color.

I have one museum stone that is eye clean and the purple of a life time.  I also have clean paler purple tourmalines that probably were partial heat treated from large, dark toned, reddish pebbles, that were found very early in Mozambique. But most purples are not eye clean.  They all contain copper as a chromophore.

This  beautiful purple tourmaline is cut as a standard round brilliant.  But even this excellent cut for concealing inclusions can not hide the multitude of sparkles that come from inclusion.  Still the purple has good saturation and the stone is bright and flashy.  No purple tourmaline can be reject because it has less then perfect crystal and for not being eye clean.  We welcome all to the place of droplets.  It weighs 1.08 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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