WOW a Whale of a Green Oval#243


Just a Great Green Oval This green oval has it all. Nothing dark or impure. It is one of the best greens in the collection. It weighs 2.98 carats.

I have been working on a tray that my son organized after the last gem and mineral show that the Carnegie Museum did in Pittsburgh.  The green ovals are nice and there is a sprinkling of blues, but most of it is not exceptional.  Then I found this GREEN oval.  It maybe the best green tourmaline outside of cuprian tourmaline and “chrome” tourmaline in the collection.

The oval has a medium dark tone and a clean body.  Its color is a great green that is not yellowish or bluish or dichroic.  It is probably cut with its table perpendicular to the c axis.  This blends both dichroic colors together.  I say probably because this jewel been out of sight and out of mind for years.  Buried in a whole tray of green did not do it justice, but I won’t forget it now.

It weighs a very nice 2.98 carats.  Really fires up in incandescent, but is still a looker in natural light.  Not a flaw in sight to mark this beauty.




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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