Treading water and holding my breath, for a color fix.

Summertime and the living is easy.  I have a great deal of outside work to do because I am painting my old story and half craftman house barn red and cream again.  The garden also takes much of my time, but even that can not satisfy my need for a color fix from tourmaline.

I still have the new expensive cuprian tourmaline piece of rough from  somewhere in Mozambique (Probably).  But I don’t want to make a serious effort on  it until I take the edge of on some less important efforts.  I keep butting my head against a golden yellow from Kenya that is probably the species Dravite.  It is a pretty color, but the rough is prone to reveal hidden flaws and can be a pain for me to polish.  I was lucky with the table and since no problems developed with it, the polishing went very fast.  Now I had a micro flaw open up on the side of the stepped crown and it is not pretty, But I need to get threw it, before I can breath in fresh air.  The stone will never be a top quality gemstone and it is just not worth recutting it. (It could easily break again, somewhere)  It should still be pretty though I don’t know if it could ever be set.

So I need some success and less frustration, before I tackle, what will probably be the last cuprian I will ever cut.  Success is not a deep purple cuprian that is eye clean or the discovery of Laurellite, a reverse color change cuprian tourmaline, but a bright crisp color in a big enough piece of rough, so I can get a nice sized stone with naturals that are not to obnoxious.  That is really not that much to ask.  Is it?



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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