An orange for all seasons droplet of color.

A stable saturated orange droplet This beautiful standard round brilliant is the answer to my search for a truly great orange in tourmaline. It has it all including stability of color under reasonable lights. It weighs .77 carats.

When I started cutting again after a long hiatus, I was particularly interested in purples and oranges.  I have found golden oranges in abundance out of Africa and some of it has driven me up the wall because it is unstable.  I have run into reddish oranges although they are not as common as I might have expected.  I have run into something that I really did not expect to see and that is color changers from orange to red.  Along with all this are stones that desaturate and turn brownish (called dravites).  Going into  pastels there are many combinations of orange and pink or yellow(peach).  So where am I going.

I want an orange juice orange.  I want it to be clean and bright with a medium rich tone value that has great saturation.  And I want it now.  This modest gemstone is the answer to that demand.  It has it all and I drink to it even with its modest weight of .77 carats.  The droplets sent a special envoy to escort this beauty home.

Bruce

 

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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