A mahogany GEM flashes in the collection, emerald cut.

Defend the GEM, excellent mahogany colored emerald cut. Brown is beautiful in this uniform desaturated orange that reminds me of mahogany. The emerald cut stone is a GEM and should be treated with respect even with its brown nature. It weighs 5.15 carats.

The composite color brown (a color not found in the rainbow that comes from mixing colors) does not get very much respect in the color stone world.  I realize that might be changing with the development of a market for “chocolate” diamonds etc., but dravite, a trade name for browned tourmaline was not highly valued.  I have also heard that East Africa, where the rough for this gemstone came from, has produced enough spicy browns to get promoters  excited with their potential.  Still to call a gemstone, that has a brown (I rather call it mahogany) color that is a desaturated orange a GEM (exceptional gemstone both in cut and gemological properties) is going pretty far into the dark side.  I even had a high end dealer call a larger browner round, the ugliest gemstone in the collection.  I like it myself.  So this emerald cut with an open uniform brownish orange color, that I checked with a piece of furniture that is made of Honduras mahogany and proved to have a similar color, may not be for everybody.  So as the sun raises behind me and makes the mahogany go more golden brown, give this old man a break on liking brown and declaring this stone a GEM.  This stone is a great addition to the collection and weighs 5.15 carats.  A sad note is that after a great period of promising production, I have seen very little material like this available recently (2013).


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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