A watery orange that failed a bit, round#532

A browned pastel orange, bit of chipping on the pavilion. round This standard round brilliant lost a small bit of material from the culet when it was released from the epoxy. It is still bright and flashy, but being a pastel and slightly browned, leads to sort of a watery feel to the orange. It does like yellowish light. It weighs 3.15 carats.

Well this is the first inclusion failure I have found in the collection and I probably should consider recutting it.  Still the small area of the pavilion that failed (chipped out probably during epoxy removal)is hard to see from the crown and would be covered by a prong if it was ever set, leaves me wondering if I won’t leave it this way, in the collection, for its color.   The overall feeling of this medium toned browned orange stone is different.  It seems weak in the knees, but has good flash and is only slightly included (ignoring the chipping).  It does get bright and snappy in my yellowish light so we have a bit of a temperamental round here.  It weighs 3.15 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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