A pink to orange, but mostly brown, sliding round.#78

Dark toned brown with shifting pink to orange flash, round  #78 This standard round brilliant has a darker than desired tone level. Its restrained flash shifts from pink to orange as it is placed in and out of the sun. It appears to be eye clean and weighs 2.53 carats.

Not all browns are created equality and many dealers probably don’t care because once a stone is dominated by brown it becomes a vile creature.  It is called dravite, a name that sounds vaguely like an ancient language and left for tourmaline nuts to find.  Fortunately the nuts ususually don’t have to pay too much much for their discoveries.

This medium dark standard round brilliant has very restrained flash due to its dark tone level.  But threw her dark brown nature you can still see that she it shifting from a pinker flash to an oranger flash as it goes in and out of the yellow sunlight, from the shade.  I think that there are probably good wood names for both shades of brown, but since I am not really very knowledgeable about exotic woods, they will stay brown.  The stone appears to be eye clean and weighs 2.53 carats.  She is happy to find a home that appreciates her.


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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