Welcome to a tourmaline collection with a difference.

I have spent a fair amount of time searching the inter net for information and images of tourmaline. I have come to the conclusion that this site is unusual if not unique on the inter net. Part of the difference from other tourmaline sites can be attributed to my cutting goals and interests.

All the gemstones on this site were cut from tourmaline by me and for my personal collection. I have always had gemstones for sale, but that is not the object of my cutting effort. Both my simple faceting equipment and personal inclination is suited for relatively simple traditional cuts. I do have some more modern cuts such as shield cuts and barion cushions because they are very well suited for a limited number of pieces of tourmaline rough.  But I do not have any interest in developing or using faceting patterns that can be claimed to be somehow better, because they were just created, or their main claim to fame is how difficult thay are to cut.

My goal in cutting tourmaline is to display the infinite array of color that tourmaline can express. To accomplish this, I spent most of five years refining my polishing efforts specifically for tourmaline.  In return for my efforts, I believe that my tourmalines have as flat and reflective a polish, as tourmaline can produce.   They have been described as looking extremely clean or more like garnets, with their brightness coming from a higher index of refraction than tourmaline..

So come on in and enjoy an abundance of bright flashing color shaped in traditional forms suitable for the finest of jewelry.

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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