A bit of a roasted red, that doesn’t mind being browned all around, round. #89

Rich red with a strong brown overtone, round.  #89 This standard round brilliant has a strong brownish overtone in many, but not all normal lighting conditions. It has very good flash for a darker toned stone and weighs 3.62 carats.

I once read sometime ago that in Thailand they will not show you a ruby before 10 AM in the morning.  Now why would such a dynamic and sales oriented people limit their hours?  Because the morning light tends to be bluer (I am not talking about glorious sunrises.) than later in the day.  So in the morning, ruby will tend to take on a brown overtone.  Now some people in the trade say that Rubellite should be dropped as a trade name for red tourmaline because it does not look enough like ruby.  While other sellers call moderate pinks Rubellite.   Seems to me that Rubellite is a fine reasonable name if it had the right definition, that was followed by the trade.  And an excellent red, like the posted stone, that takes on a brown overtone in daylight, might not be that far from some rubies.  There always seems to be complications in any definitional of color in tourmaline.

If I could control the light that this posted standard round brilliant was seen under, I would say it was ruby red.  Well at least there are rubies out there that have this color (and at least some garnets).  But that would mislead the public because its perception of the red of ruby doesn’t change in different natural lights and this stone has a strong brownish cast in bluer lights.  Now I am not saying that I would rate this brown-turned higher than a pure and stable red Rubellite, but I love the rich mixture of brown and red that modulates with the light.  This dark toned, eye clean beauty, weighs 3.62 carats and may win your heart with her sultry glances.






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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