Brown did you hear me, I said brown, but not dull, oval.#279

Brown like garden soil rich in humus, oval.  #279 This fine gemstone deserves to be called brown. It is dichroic, but cut so that you will not notice it face up. It has plenty of flash power for a medium dark oval that weighs 7.19 carats. It also appears to be eye clean.

I think this good sized oval is one of only two gemstones in the collection that deserves to be just called brown.  It is obviously dichroic with its table being cut perpendicular to the principle axis (c).  The a/b axis that can be seen by flipping the stone over has a slight touch of pink in it, but the much more dominant c axis won’t stand for anything, but brown.

The gemstone appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It certainly doesn’t let having a medium dark brown color, get in the way of a full complement of flash.  (Brown really doesn’t get the respect it deserves so I like to build it up a little, it is not eye candy)  It weighs 7.19 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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