This slightly included oval is in the red and doing well.#283

Fine size, great red, slightly included oval.   #283 This is a fine red with a medium dark tone level. That is great because the stone is not too dense to sparkle and flash. It is slightly included, but they are not noticeable from the crown. It weighs 4.43 carats.

This is a great red tourmaline.  It has the color and still has a medium dark tone level that is not too dense  to flash and sparkle.  This is nice and rare,  Between the flash and the medium dark tone level the flaws that are on the pavilion are not visible by my eye.  This is helped by the stone nice size of 6.69 carats.  At time I wish that I could compare a stone like this with the best that Brazil has produced.


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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