Traveling again in the name of tourmaline.

As sping approaches, I plan visit to the GIA’s museum in California and a couple of museaums on the east coast. I am looking for good homes where my Laurellites will be safe from heating. I think it is unique that such an important gemstone to science should be pushed to the edge of exstinction because paraiba type material from Mozambique is so valuable.

I have been doing most of my posts on Gemology on Line, to try to reach the biggest audience I can. But there is good news for this home. I hope to have more high quality pictures of my new tourmalines by this time next year. My friend and photographer is retiring from his real job.

There is more interesting tourmaline rough available on the market and more excitement in the air. It is still much more expensive, but the quest for color in tourmaline goes on.


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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