A tourmaline for those who like chocolate diamonds, oval#288

An oval drenched in darker flash driven chocolate color.  #288 This oval has a dark tone level, flash driven, color. It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal. Hopefully it will get more respect with the push in chocolate diamonds. It weighs 3.84 carats of untreated tourmaline.

Now I haven’t looked at a large number of “chocolate” diamonds, but this dark flash driven golden brown beauty seems to fill the bill for me.  The oval appears to be eye clean and with its table, cut perpendicular to the principle axis.  I have to admit that the only superior physical property that this tourmaline might have over a chocolate diamond is that no one has treated this rather lowly tourmaline.  But now that people, who buy gemstones, have discovered that earth tone colors and chocolate color are desirable.  The pricing in tourmaline, which is escalating rapidly, will change again.   The posted gemstone 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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