A great brown with a different twist, emerald cut.#531

Brown emerald cut with faint flash of maroon. This is a very nice medium toned brown that will show you some maroon flashes. It is eye clean and has fine crystal. It is dichroic, but the ends of the emerald cut are not to dark. It weighs 4.54 carats.

If you look closely at many tourmaline browns, what do you see.  An orange that is just not saturated (purity of color) enough to present its orange face cleanly and brightly to the world.  But the posted gemstone, which is brown, is a fascinatingly different.  Holding it steady and looking at it face up, I see a really nice medium toned brown, that is not golden, but when I begin to move it, I see flashes of maroon.  So I investigate what the stone is mixing up and I find that it is secretly a purplish red that is not saturated enough to be its color in ordinary sunlight.  This makes it practically unique (I have a few other tourmalines that are similar.)  Being different and having an eye clean, fine crystal personality, makes you a great ….BROWN and fun.  Its ends are really not that dark either.  The stones weighs 4.54 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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