This oval is a bit of a raspberry, but not a thorn in my side.#275

Darker raspberry pink oval with moderate flash.  #275 This oval appears to be eye clean. Its medium dark tone level along with just a touch of purple limits the oval's flash. Still its raspberry pink color is nice. It weighs 1.45 carats.

Pink to red in tourmaline comes in the full array of shades probably only matched by lipstick colors.  I hope to use my spectrometer to get a better understanding of its nuances.  This darker, raspberry pink has just a touch of purple and a medium dark tone level.  It is oriented with its table perpendicular to the principle (c), which can be seen from its uniform darker tone level, that is richer than the pavilion’s medium tone level.  It appears to be eye clean, but has only a moderate amount of flash and is not eye candy.  It weighs 1.45 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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