A Gemstone of Tea Please#1074

Time for Tea, Tourmaline Oval This slightly brownish yellow is not a common color and it made a bright flashy gemstone. It is eye clean and weighs 3.75 carats.

A color addict let loose in the abundant fields of tourmaline color should only be searching for well saturated, medium toned gems with great hues, right?  That ain’t necessarily so!  My passion goes beyond the obvious color champions in tourmaline stables to delicate pastels that take a connasure’s refined sensibilities to really appreciate.  I like dark ones too.

This gem of pale yellow with enough brown to make a very light pastel goes by many names in my book.  The largest gemstone in this tribe is Queen Ecru and you should look her up.  The child of this post is an oval that has a different, three step crown than hers, but is probably exactly the same color.  I only say probably because truly matching tourmalines can be difficult especially if they have different cuts.  With that said, this bright, eye clean, 3.75 carat tourmaline slips in with tea for a color.  I don’t think anyone will ever accuse me of being too analytical in naming tourmaline colors.


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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