When does colorless become white, round#506

An included "white" low tranparency round. This is a fun standard round brilliant. It is colorless and has poorer quality crystal alone with a web of inclusions. It weighs 1.93 carats of white power.

When you’re dealing with transparent gems, I guess colorless is a better term than white to describe the stone.  Now if the transparent gemstone becomes less transparent because of a lower grade crystal and a network of internal flaws should I start calling it white?  Does it really mater in tourmaline?

In the case of this fun standard round brilliant, I think white is right.  The lack of color in this gemstone is as complete as any gemstone in the collection.  It also does not appear cracked or with a mass of opaque inclusions anywhere.  But it does reflect enough light that does not come from the facets to my searching eye to give the gem a different feel (whiteness).   So I live the color fantasy and call it white rather than colorless.  “What is an Achroite between friends.”

This stone will never catch your eye, but its still bright and flashy despite its “problem” and I value it much more than an average pink.  You know that difference makes a point in this collection.  The interesting and attractive gemstone weighs 1.93 carats.



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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