A brown descent into orange wood, mahogany,round.#543

Included, darkly toned, browned orange, round. this standard round brilliant is a darker stone that has one distinct inclusion. The gemstones orange color is seen only in its flash, but is quite a good orange. It weighs 5.10 carats.

When I looked at the back of this standard round brilliant to look for flaws I was somewhat frustrated by my past cutting behavior.  There was a white inclusion about one third of the way up from the pavilion and encircling most of the circumference of the stone.  Wow, what a flaw to leave, when it could have been cut out of this orange darken by layers of brown.  Of course the gemstone would have been much smaller, but size is not the dominant mover in this collection.  As I turned over the gemstone to see the flaw from the top,  I was thinking of recutting it.  But, while I could clearly make out the  non reflecting flaw in the pavilion, it really wasn’t that distracting in such a dark stone.

So what do we have with this posted stone.  It is a  standard round brilliant.  Its fine orange color is seen only in flashes that are surrounded by brown.  The inclusion, I discussed above, is noticeable, in a close up and personal fashion, but really has little impact on the gemstone.  A pastel would certainly take exception.  It weighs 5.10 carats and will probably stay in the collection as it.



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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