And the third orange contest is this droplet of color.#627

Great orange that is orange droplet of color  #627 This standard round brilliant is bright and eye clean. It is a true medium toned orange without brown problems. It weighs .87 carats and couldn't be kept from the droplets of color even if I want to.

Posted stone, bit light, brilliant orange weighs .87 carats

Champion orange of my dreams, droplet of color  #613 Not a large standard round brilliant and more oranges have rolled threw, but this really flashy, bright clean orange was the first and still the best orange droplet of color. It weighs .77 carats.

Winner of the contest of three oranges, weighs .77 carats.

Wonderful medium toned orange droplet of color.  #602 This is the orange color I hoped to find in tourmaline. It is a standard round brilliant and is eye clean and a bright, flashy member of the droplets of color. It weighs .62 carats.

Bit darker brilliant orange weighs .62 carats.

This standard round brilliant is the third droplet of color in the contest to pick the best orange in the small rounds.  This is the largest of the three and did not win the contest, though the only real difference I can see is in their tone levels.  All three are eye clean and bright with some of the greatest oranges in the collection.  No brown problems here.  I will post all three here and let you decide.


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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