This well cut longer oval displays the purplish red color well.

Bright, clean purple red oval This long ratio oval is successful in bringing to life a higher tone level purple red. The oval appears to be eye clean and has great crystal. It weighs 1.66 carats.

Longer ratio ovals are more work to get right than ovals that think they are almost rounds.   Longer ovals have more than just getting a better yield out of a piece of rough, going for them.   They produce relatively thinner gemstones for there size and with a darker piece  of rough that can be critical to making a bright flashy success.

I have found the color of this posted gemstone, purple red, to be uniformly found in higher tone levels.  Many times tourmalines in that color range are only suitable for smaller gemstones, because it is so dark.  This oval is one of the more open and bright purple reds in the collection.  It is still on the dark side, but with its fine crystal and eye clean support, it is a crisp, flashy winner.

Bruce

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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