Browner more forceful orange with hint of red, droplet of color.

Darker brown orange red droplel of color This standard round brilliant has a complex mixture of darker orange brown and red. It appears to be eye clean and reasonably bright for a darker stone. It weighs 1.12 carats. Definitely droplet material.

From a distance this standard round brilliant might appear to be a brown, but on a more personal relationship level, it reveals a complex personality.  Orange flash with a hint of red fill the rotating stone and declares its difference.  And you better not declare it a garnet, for it will take strong offense.  It appears to be an eye clean shot at being a droplet of color.  It weighs 1.12 carats.

This paragraph is about a lessen that has to be presented about tourmaline color over and over again.  I wrote the first paragraph without looking at the back of the box.  I observed the stone under indirect midday light and my yellow light.   We have brown orange touch of red color description. Then I looked at the box, where I obviously looked at the stone under different conditions.  It says rose.  Well that has happen before, but it gets better.  When I first started writing posts, I did not have the stones with me and I was just working with the pictures.  Using that information,  I put this stone in as the red member of the droplets of color. (I was just doing a single member for each color in the droplets at the time).  How about that.  Dynamic color shifting tourmaline at its best.

Please check out any tourmaline that you’re interested in under different lighting conditions before you’re set for life.  They can surprise you.



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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