Violet droplet sighted on the starbord side, captain.

Nice moderately light lavender, included droplet of color, with copper This paler lavender standard round brilliant contains copper. It is only lightly included and is bright and flashy. It weighs 1.49 carats. No lavenders are rejected by the droplets of color and this round is taken.

It has been a long journey for this smaller and included gemstone to reach safe harbor in a plastic box in my collection.  In a distant land, awash in gemstones, the secret of its color was undiscovered.  Then some natives cooked larger and more richly colored relatives and the truth came out.  The simple, included purple tourmalines were really PARAIBA TYPE GEMS(very expensive cyan colored tourmaline that is colored by copper) and they were worth a lot.  Lighter more included material that was cut into this delightful violet gemstone was also heated with mostly disastrous results.  The gemstone shattered and the product was only faintly blue.  Not enough copper to catch the wind and reach the promise price of thousands of dollars a carat.  Still the natural beauty of a very rare color in tourmaline won some peoples hearts, like mine and the ransom from purples is higher than comparable stones in most other colors of tourmaline.


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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