A brown has come around, again, oval.#288

Rich mahogany oval This is a darker and more concentrated mahogany that has a flash driven color of browned orange. This eye clean oval weighs 3.84 carats.

I smile when I wrote again in the title, because I like this stone and I wish that more browns would roll my way.  But I haven’t seen any for years (2013).  I am sure the rough came from East Africa and I don’t know if the rough is not being produced or just being bought by powers beyond the ability of a mere mortal lapidary to get any.

The posted oval is a medium dark desaturated orange that likes the name of mahogany.  There is enough orange left in the flash to just keep it out of being called a chocolate, but maybe that would be a better name for it.  Seeing that diamonds seemed to have found a way to sell such darkly toned gems for a nice profit.  It color is mostly flash driven in this apparently eye clean gem that weighs 3.84 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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