Tourmaline tale, Birth of a beauty

The following tale was written years ago, when I tried to share the excitement of buying and cutting tourmaline with a friend.  I would like to share one of them with you now.





The stone was advertised on the web pages from darkest Africa as a tourmaline of 14 carats with a violet c axis and a pink a/b axis.  Since I am an intrepid hunter of the beautiful and unusual in tourmaline, I captured the gem and had it sent all the way to  Mars.  When the rough arrived, I could clearly see that there was beauty in the dark sultry color of the c axis, but that the crystal would have to be divided into two because of its length.  The operation was a success and now there were two.  I could now see the c axis color more clearly and its seductive color, but would it still be rich and beautiful when cut?  The delicate operation, that was spread over two days, produced a gem with the fire of a million stars and color of a blackberry’s blush.  I have other tourmalines with a similar complexion in my harem, but none as saucy and bright.  I have now seen her in many lights and I still sing her praises.  Will she ever leave me? The future is uncertain, but I will always remember the color of her eyes.

Blackberry blush ends, brown pink sides, emerald cut A dichroic emerald cut tourmaline with purplish ends, blackberry blush, and much paler slightly brownish purple pink center/sides. It weighs 2.79 ct.



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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