Ultimate eye candy in the name of a medium toned pink, shield cut#186

Included, ultimate pink eye candy, shield cut.  #186 This shield cut does have some flaws on one side of the cut, but the stone appears clean, face up and exceptionally bright with a glowing medium pink tone level. Eye candy that weighs 2.01 carats.

On one of the group of pages that my principle rough dealer puts out on the internet, he had a special group of tourmaline that seemed to be particularly colorful.  I have lost track of the other pieces of rough I bought. Some of them might have been cuprian, because it was during the right time frame, but I remember this pink.  It still gets me as the ultimate in pink eye candy.  When I spent a day with a researcher and had a limited amount of time to have stone tested, I chose this pink to be tested.  It just seemed too good to be real without something being different.  Well at least I know that is doesn’t have copper and the only chromophore is manganese.  What it does have is some flaws on one side of the shield cut that are not under the table.  The rest of the stone and the general appearance for the whole is of  an outstanding bright clean gem.  It has a well saturated color that glows and has no noticeable dichroism.  It weighs  2.01 carats and is in my intimate circle of friends that are here for me to treasure.




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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