All who love orange, a medium pastel oval is born.

A fine stable orange that is clean and bright, oval. This orange oval has a very nice medium rich tone level. It is eye clean and has fine crystal. A great all around gemstone for orange lovers. It weighs a very nice 2.47 carats.

Orange in tourmaline does not get a lot of respect.  Most of it has dark modifiers that can brown out a very good orange under less than ideal conditions.  At times experts have even questioned the existence of orange that is natural. rather than from irradiation by man.  I think that the development of African sources of tourmaline have to rest the questions about natural orange tourmaline being available.  It is and the posted oval is a find example of an orange that has everything even if it is little light in the tone level to be a GEM.  (A GEM is an exceptional gemstone all around)  The oval has a medium to richer tone level that the collection needs.  And the color is stable, which is nice for color wheel work.  It weighs 2.47 true pastel orange 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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