An Orange that thinks it would be a peach of an idea to be a Pad.#904


Orange to peach needs respect This bright clean shield cut (4.29 carats) reminds me of Pad a variety of sapphire and is not a very valued member of the different tourmaline's tribes of color.

Now one of the reasons to spend time showing my collection is to let people see the beauty of tourmaline and for me, to get this “semi” precious gemstone some respect.  Now the color of this nice sized (4.29 carat) shield cut gets very little respect in my book.  At least one “authority” in the past declared the oranges did not occur naturally (you can irradiate tourmaline to make it orange) in tourmaline.  I think with the opening of the wonderful world of tourmaline in Africa, that has been proven to be in error.

Now I have called tourmaline the jester of gems because of its ability to appear to be other gemstones.  In this case the clean bright flashy orange/peach has enough pink to bring to mind Pad.  Now Pad is an abbreviation for an endless name of a color that comes from certain seeds and is associated with sapphire.  This color of sapphire rough has traditionally been found in Ceylon.  I can neither spell or pronounce the confounded word, but it sure is expensive when it is in corundum (the mineral name for all colors of sapphire and ruby).

If peach/pink tourmaline got even one tenth the price of Pad per carat, that would be a real respect builder.  People might even think that the tourmaline was more “beautiful” since beauty has to have a large cost associated with it.  Right?  If I sound put out, I am.





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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