Tourmaline as a Cinderella waiting to be discovered is over.

Cinderella as we all know was a beautiful, but under valued person that was discovered by the  prince and  love blossomed.  They lived happily ever after of course.

Well I just read  in the latest introduction to a series of pages from a major rough dealer out of Africa that the world has finally really discovered tourmaline and prices have gone threw the celling.  There are also problems with production, but the real news is that tourmaline and all its glorious colors has made it to the big time.

I have mixed feelings about the discovery.  I have spent a significant amount of time and effort trying to present the beauty of tourmaline to a public that many times did not even know its name and still doesn’t, but the price increases have made it very difficult  to cut significant stones for the collection.

Ten years ago, I was buying rough that in some cases produced museum quality gemstone at prices that were manageable.  Now I will be working with mostly included material to search for the colors of tourmaline.  Still the quest must continue.  Besides included rough is a challenge to work with and do a good job.  And with vivid color or a new twist it is exciting.

Bruce  May, 1, 2014


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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