Category Archives: Orange

Pure orange in tourmaline is as elusive as it is beautiful

Orange, to be or not to be, it is. All hale a glory of tourmaline.

Orange will never be number one in the world of color in tourmaline. Much of it is either desaturated under all reasonable white lights or at least under more bluish light (Brownish cast). But there are exceptions and I have … Continue reading

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A dynamic tidal basin of color, yellow, orange, brown, purple, pink round

It is nice to finish a smaller standard round brilliant of 1.75 carats without having anything to pull my hair out for.  The stone is probably rich in manganese of different valence states and high manganese can lead to a … Continue reading

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A round of watermelon with a lesson.

They say that the third try is a charm and so I am ready to tell a charming story.  It is about a most peculiar type of tourmaline that has a watermelon distribution of color.  It has a central core … Continue reading

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Dissecting a Dravite Hot Off the Lap.

I am continually amazed by the variety of dynamic colors in tourmaline.  And shifts in color than can make a less desirable color in gemstone still blaze with a unique statement.  And a unique tourmaline certainly gets my attention. The … Continue reading

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Golden eye in an Orange Circle of Flash

It is always nice to get a delightful surprise and when it turns out to be a great new tourmaline, than that merits a post of progress with the collection. The piece of rough I gotten from a friend did … Continue reading

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Golden brown to brownish orange either way it is still beautiful. oval#297

This long ratio oval is cut as shallow as the pavilion can be made with good optics and with a respectable crown.  Its color slides around brown and can be golden or quite orange, but still a dravite.  It appears … Continue reading

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Mixing yellow and pink for a peach oval.#287

This oval has a tender balance of color that I like to call dynamic.  Depending on the light some tourmalines certainly shift and even change color.  I think that it has not gotten the big play that Alexandrite gets is … Continue reading

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Desatured orange I call mahogany, oval.#278

I usually don’t go too far over the edge when it comes to naming tourmaline’s colors and I have brown on this stone’s storage box, but the gem is too nice for such a bland term.  This desaturated brownish orange … Continue reading

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Eye candy alert, orange tang on the menu, oval beauty.#270

Some colors do not need much to get me going.  Orange is one of them.  An influential tourmaline expert once wrote that he questioned whether orange was a naturally occurring color in tourmaline.   It certainly has not been a big … Continue reading

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Brown, long ratio oval, table perpendicular to principle axis. cuprain #268

I like this oval’s color.  It is the closest to a pure brown in the collection.  I does approach brown from the yellow side, but it has no pretenses of having a fancy name.  It has a nice even color, … Continue reading

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A shield cut with whole wheat goodness.#263

Wheat is a good word to describe a pastel, slightly brownish, yellowish, peach color because it covers such a large range of colors and sounds nutritious.  This large shield cut is certainly tasty.  It is not dichroic at all and … Continue reading

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Golden brown shaded with orange oval.#258

This oval has a flatter crown and a nice open look.  Looking into it gives a fine flashy view that appears to be eye clean.  There is enough red in the golden brown that it drifts toward orange, which probably … Continue reading

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Light toned pastel peach oval.#257

This oval has a lightly toned pastel peach color that is stable.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  Nice properties lead to a bright flashy gemstone.  It weighs .82 carats. Bruce

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A fine orange round that is lightly toasted and brilliantly brewed.#950

Need new picture This orange standard round brilliant has an impressive substantial look to it.  This is not a watery drink filled with sugar, but a brew that deserved to be sipped.  You can see right to the bottom of … Continue reading

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Mahogany, brown orange, droplet of color.#940

Now what is in a name.  Too much I am afraid.  This standard round brilliant is a pretty gemstone.  It appears to be eye clean and has fine crystal.  Its medium dark tone value still permits the stone to be … Continue reading

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A bright tang orange trilliant with zoning.#1165

This bright orange trilliant with a crown made with two rows of step cuts, looks like it was cut from a terminus because of its triangular zoning.  It has a great bright tang orange without brown overtones.  It is a … Continue reading

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Long ratio oval in peach.#1156

This long ratio oval has that modern look of three rows of step cut facets on the crown.  It appears to be eye clean and have fine crystal.  Its pastel peachy color is quite pale and drifts into straw in … Continue reading

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Slightly included pastel golden orange emerald cut.#1140

This tourmaline looks a lot like a topaz I cut years ago.  The emerald cut has a nice medium light tone level with darker, but not closed ends.  It flash very nicely and is only slightly included.  And the color … Continue reading

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Barion cushion cut with step crown, browned orange.#1119

This a beautiful stone that is unique in the collection.  It is a dravite because of the brown overtone, but it is most unusual because it is only slightly dichroic.  The principle (c) axis is only a shade or so … Continue reading

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Peach with a pink shadow, dichroic emerald cut.#1116

This is a classic tourmaline gem.  An emerald cut with richer ends and a blend of two colors peach and pink.  I confess that I would cut emerald cuts even if the rough wasn’t ideally suited for them, at times, … Continue reading

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A different peach to bless a shield cut.#199

This larger peach shield cut, with a different overtone, has a couple of spots in one corner, but the view from the table is nothing, but bright and flashing.  Still something keeps this peach cool and not really ripe to … Continue reading

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Now we have an outstanding, Tang orange colored shield cut.#189

I don’t know how many people remember Tang or whether they still make it anymore, but it was one of the memorable items on my mother’s diet along with peanut and bananas, on dark Hollywood bread, sandwiches.  Well this shield … Continue reading

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Golden orange, included trilliant cut.#179

The impact of flaws/inclusions on a tourmaline gemstone is a complex issue.  This trilliant cut has some significant non flashing inclusions in it pavilion.  They effect the flash of the gemstone, but really have a minor impact on the stone … Continue reading

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light, bright, toned down peach trilliant.#156

This pastel peach trilliant is rather toned down.  It has some minor inclusion, but they are not a factor.  Neither is the quality of crystal, so I think that color has a darker cast to it.  The stones weighs 2.04 … Continue reading

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A fine orange round under yellow light, that goes browner in daylight. #85

This bright flashy orange is at home under my yellowish light, but turns browner under the bluer light of day.  I can not see a significant difference in hue between this orange that browns out and some of the great … Continue reading

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Medium dark toned orange brown flash, round #79

This is one of the “modern” dravites that has come out of East Africa.  It is not too dark to have decent flash and the orange tones make it spicy enough to demand a new name rather than dravite in … Continue reading

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A pink to orange, but mostly brown, sliding round.#78

Not all browns are created equality and many dealers probably don’t care because once a stone is dominated by brown it becomes a vile creature.  It is called dravite, a name that sounds vaguely like an ancient language and left … Continue reading

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Be cool orange droplet of color. #75

Now when I see a bright orange piece of eye candy, I get excited, but the posted droplet of color leaves me with a different feeling.  It is just a toned down cool cat, that doesn’t like to run with … Continue reading

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A most unusual pastel yellow orange round.#73

It is hard to tell exactly what is going on in this unique gemstone.  It is a standard round brilliant that from the back appears not to be zoned.  Therefor the flashes of pastel orange and pastel yellow must be … Continue reading

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Slightly included, medium dark, well saturated droplet of color. #67

This rich orange drink is tempered with brown and looks like you should find its color at the bottom of a shot glass.  It is an intoxication little standard round brilliant for those addicted to orange in tourmaline.  It is … Continue reading

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A honey of a golden orange droplet of color. #66

This round has a lower crown than usual, which gives the stone a very open appearance.  It really is a sweet gem with a bright, eye candy, look of golden orange honey.  it appears to be eye clean and the … Continue reading

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Dichroic rich golden color in a droplet of color. #65

You can see both dichroic colors face up in the rich golden colored droplet of color.  But the paler a/b axis color is completely dominated by the rich medium toned golden c axis color.  The round appears to eye clean … Continue reading

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Darker orange some would call burnt droplet of color #55

I have never really liked the term burnt for orange and this droplet of color really has a pretty good saturation level in a medium dark tone level.  It really does not have an excessive level of brown.  It appears … Continue reading

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Orange droplet of color, a bit pale for the contest.#645

This gemstone protested the results of the contest between three of its orange brothers.  The judge, me, had ruled that the posted droplet of color was just bit too low in tone to compete.  Now that I have taken a … Continue reading

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A mildly dichroic yellower orange, droplet of color.#635

This is a bright and flashy,  yellowish orange, droplet of color.  Where the three oranges that competed in the contest, to see who was the best orange in the droplet of color group., were purer orange, this one is too … Continue reading

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

Posted stone, bit light, brilliant orange weighs .87 carats Winner of the contest of three oranges, weighs .77 carats. Bit darker brilliant orange weighs .62 carats. This standard round brilliant is the third droplet of color in the contest to … Continue reading

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Orange, Orange, Orange droplet of color.#602

Posted stone, weight .62 carats. Winner of the contest .77 carats. Third contestant in the contest  .87 carats. There are three candidates for the title of the best all around orange in a smaller stone, from the droplets of color’s … Continue reading

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Small round with a creamy heart of peach, dot of color

This  standard round brilliant has a really nice tone level of peach for such a small stone.  It is not brownish or dichroic at all.  It weighs .37 carats and is a dot of color. Bruce

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Magnificent bicolor with yellow crown and rust culet, orange round. Del Delgato#791

I have put together a general post about Del Gado and other sources of rough that peaked at different times in my time of collection building.  Still it should be said here that Del Gado, which is the most northern … Continue reading

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This small round looks orange enough to make juice.#613

Early on in my quest for all the colors of tourmaline I could get, orange was close to the top of my list of wants.  I hadn’t come up with a steady date with any dealers and I was new … Continue reading

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Pink peach punch in a dot.#756

This small standard round brilliant was cut while I was experimenting in cutting small rounds.  I put it in the collection to keep it safe.  It is a nice peach pink of light tone and bright disposition.  It weighs .24 … Continue reading

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Slightly included peach droplet of color.#754

This smaller standard round brilliant has a nice medium tone and a clean peach look.  It slightly included, but still very bright with no signs of brown.  It weighs .55 carats and joins the droplet of color. Bruce

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Medium light pastel peach round#751

This standard round brilliant has all the good properties that a peach should have.  It has a nice medium light pastel tone level.  It is not bother by browns or any other overtone.  It is easily eye clean and weighs … Continue reading

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Quite included candy orange oval, Brazil#550

This oval was cut from a piece of “salad” that I purchased from Brazil.  “Salad” are low grade tourmalines that are faceted by native cutters.  I got some just to see if I could get some different shades of color … Continue reading

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A Red/Orange-Peach, deep oval.#542

Since I posted that I was using peach only in the pastel world this deeply cut oval is probably a medium toned reddish orange, but it still is really a deeper peach.  Its pavilion is a “super nova” which takes … Continue reading

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Impressive Amber Colored Emerald Cut#541

Some efforts will always stick in the memory and this large emerald cut is one of them.  I had been unsuccessful in getting anything truly orange in any size, when the piece that became this gemstone came to my door.  … Continue reading

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Just rolling in peaches, emerald cut.#537

This emerald cut has a nice medium tone level without dichroism.  It is completely eye clean and with excellent crystal.  It is a peach pastel like a peach pastel should be.  It weighs 4.10 carats. Bruce

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Very pale peach emerald easy choice for IceT development#536

This is one of those tourmaline that you would think is anything, but a tourmaline.  Its tone level is very low and the stones crystal is flawless.  It is not dichroic and actually looks like some inexpensive topaz I had … Continue reading

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A watery orange that failed a bit, round#532

Well this is the first inclusion failure I have found in the collection and I probably should consider recutting it.  Still the small area of the pavilion that failed (chipped out probably during epoxy removal)is hard to see from the … Continue reading

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So many varieties of peaches, round.#522

I can see that the person who put this collection together is drawn toward peach to orange tourmaline.  The posted round is faintly included and with its medium pastel peach color you would notice any inclusions.  It is a bright … Continue reading

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Slightly graded color in a slightly included, dichroic, peach emerald cut.#517

The title of this post says a lot.  With all of it, the bottom line is, it is a pity that I don’t have more peaches like this one.  The darker c axis ends are redder than the middle.  The … Continue reading

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Dravite, just not enough satuation to keep this Orange without Brown, Oval#511

This oval has a good size, fine crystal and is probably eye clean, but gets very little respect because its saturation (purity of color) is not high enough to scare away the brown.  This problem is shared with many other … Continue reading

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Slightly dichroic peach emerald cut#507

This cute smaller emerald cut looks a lot like a topaz I cut years ago.  It has darker peach ends and a moderately lightly toned center of pastel peach.  It is eye clean with excellent crystal for a peachy deal.  … Continue reading

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Living with a complex color round.#503

We have a live one in this darker toned standard round brilliant.  First I see a pink purple that is very close to maroon and I begin to wonder.  Then I look at the back of the storage box and … Continue reading

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Dichroic golden orange with yellow mate, droplet of color.#723

This is a very nice standard round brilliant that is dominated by its c axis color of golden orange, that still must share some of the spot light with the a/b axis yellow color.  This color distribution is caused by … Continue reading

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A round that inherited a yellow rust color from the rough, but is peach.#708

This standard round brilliant has mixed up the colors of rust and yellow that could be seen in the rough into peach.  It is a great property of rounds to flash away zoning, at least from face up.  If you … Continue reading

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Dichroic orange brown oval

This oval was cut with the darker dichroic color on the side of the oval and the paler orange brown in the ends.  If it works with the piece of rough, it is a good way to get a reasonable … Continue reading

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Liddicoatite rose sliding to orange rose, oval.#282

This is one of the few tourmalines in the collection that I have had adequately tested, enough, to determine that is not Elbaite, but Liddicoatite.  Liddicoatite and Elbaite are very closely related species in the group of minerals we call … Continue reading

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Dichroic, medium toned, pink orange oval#280

This medium toned oval has a nice complex nature.  The pastel pink orange blends nicely with the pastel pink orange to make a medium toned, dichroic gemstone.  It appears to be eye clean and of a fine crystal.  It weighs … Continue reading

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You may call it mahongany or I might call it root beer, oval#278

I haven’t seen this material in a long time.  It is a desaturated orange that makes a fine rich browned orange.  I think that this stone is cut with the table perpendicular to the c axis and that produces a … Continue reading

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An orange good enough to get juice from it in the morning, oval#270

This is how an orange tourmaline should be.  It doesn’t want to be a red or darken into a brown.  It follows it purity in color by being eye clean and uninhibited.  I have gotten larger oranges, but I haven’t … Continue reading

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Smaller richer golden oval.#269

This oval maybe on the small side for me to cut, but it has a rich golden color that flashes to a moderate degree.  It is cut with the c axis perpendicular to the table and has a nice even … Continue reading

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A well ripened wheat shield cut.#263

This beautiful shield cut could be considered a pale peach in some light sources, but I think I see enough brown to  call it wheat.  The wash of brown does not darken the stone very much and you can see … Continue reading

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Orange flash in a brown body, oval#258

The verdict is in, this is a traditional dravite, even if the flash has quite a good orange color.  The oval has a nice medium tone level and appears to be eye clean with good crystal.  But it can not … Continue reading

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Small pale peach oval#257

Peach that is some level of pastel seems to be the twin of pink in tourmaline.  It generally has the same problems and strengths as its more appreciated sibling.  This pale peach oval could be easily mistaken for a pink … Continue reading

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A slight bicolor with a peach end and a colorless end emerald cut.

You could call this emerald cut a graded color gems, but I prefer to call it a bicolor with an orange end and a colorless end.  The darker, but still moderate pastel, reflects down the long axis of the emerald … Continue reading

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Included pale peaches and cream oval

This slightly included oval appears eye clean face up.  The gemstone appears to be dichroic with light peach in the middle of the stone and a cream in the ends.  I am sure that you can come with other names … Continue reading

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A mahogany GEM flashes in the collection, emerald cut.

The composite color brown (a color not found in the rainbow that comes from mixing colors) does not get very much respect in the color stone world.  I realize that might be changing with the development of a market for … Continue reading

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Dichroic Orange Barion Cushion Cut

This is a great gemstones.  In natural light, the difference between the dichroic colors is pronounced. (The lighter toned orange being in the middle of the gem.)  The a/b axis is a medium pastel orange and the c axis colors … Continue reading

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Old #44 is a large peach oval with a heart of green.

This oval is one of the first larger tourmalines I cut and I even remember the listed sale number it had (44).  The rough was advertised to have peach and green, which can make an undesirable mixture.  I think that … Continue reading

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A Orange Pink has finally hit the bell, Its a GEM emerald cut.

This larger emerald cut is a gem, (top quality gemstone).  It has a complete set of facet steps, four on the pavilion and three on the crown.  It has a color that has more or less orange in the pink … Continue reading

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A medium toned pink with a squeeze of orange, emerald cut

This is another fine emerald cut with a full compliment of steps.  It has a fine, medium toned, pink color which is on the orange side, to be shown  by the increased number of facets..  It has an even color … Continue reading

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Burnt orange in a great rich tone level, emerald cut

This gemstone has the full complement of facet steps, four on the pavilion and three on the crown, that I cut on emerald cuts.  This makes a deeper more scintillating gemstone that can draw you into its rich colorful world, … Continue reading

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A complex peach with a side order of pink, emerald cut.

  Gemstones with a zestful mixture of pink and peach are relatively rare and quite desirable in such gems as corundum (sapphire) and topaz (precious topaz).  Well I think that this posted gemstone has all it has to have, to … Continue reading

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Slightly included pastel peach emerald cut

This pastel peach emerald cut has a full set of facets with four steps on the pavilion and three steps on the crown.  This helps enhance the amount of scintillation an emerald cut can produce and potentially makes the gemstone … Continue reading

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A orangish brown dravite from East Africa, emerald cut

Brown is not the most desirable color in gemstones, but some stones are so bright and feisty that even brown can not hold them back.  This emerald cut is a representative of a group of dravites coming out of East … Continue reading

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Included bright sparkling golden peach, emerald cut

The bright refreshing pastel color of this smaller emerald cut, kind of flashes away the eye visible inclusions.  Its color definitely dances between a more peach or golden look.  The gemstone is not dichroic and its complete open and transparent … Continue reading

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One of the glories of the collection, Deep Peach and wonderful Round.

It just seems inadequate to call this wonderful stone a round.  It has a pavilion of ten mains of a split nature and the crown is my favorite choice of a modified step cut with 8 mains for brilliant depth.  … Continue reading

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All who love orange, a medium pastel oval is born.

Orange in tourmaline does not get a lot of respect.  Most of it has dark modifiers that can brown out a very good orange under less than ideal conditions.  At times experts have even questioned the existence of orange that … Continue reading

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Delightful medium light peach, shield cut.

This shield cut brings the best out in a peach tourmaline.  The cuts nature is to be flashy and bright.  This coupled this with a medium light tone and eye clean peach, makes a great stone.  This is about as … Continue reading

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Peachy Pink Pride in a smaller Oval

Peachy pink or pinky peach is all in the lighting.  This oval has a crisp clean look because it does not appear to be dichroic.  It also appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  Its tone level is … Continue reading

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A creamy IceT look in a standard round brilliant.

You have to be careful when you try and figure out the color of a lightly color tourmaline.  That pastel might just be picking up all the colors of the world.  When Jeff, my friend and photographer, started taking pictures … Continue reading

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It is a pitty that this classic peach tourmaline oval is not bigger.

I like peaches and this pastel approximation of their color looks delicious.  It is dichroic and both of the peaches blend well in their creamy world.  The longer ratio oval appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It … Continue reading

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Dichroic peaches and cream oval

This rather round oval is obviously dichroic.  Both colors are shades of peach with the darker peach being in the ends of the oval.  Now I use peach as a color name for pastel orange of moderate to low levels … Continue reading

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A powerful orange with a bit of red oval

I don’t know if orange is a “power” color in anyone’s book because it usually just a fun color.  Even a bit fruity at times, but the orange of this stone speaks of authority.  Its color is stable and penetrating … Continue reading

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A great dichroic orange in a great shape, shield cut

This orange shield cut has a two step crown, that helps open up the stone to see its great color.  I don’t cut a lot of shield cuts and it is nice that this popular shape has a fine example … Continue reading

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Open Dichroic Orange Oval

The selection of rough to cut this collection has never had an organized method to it, except for purchasing the best and most diverse set of color in tourmaline I can find and afford.  What that really boils down to … Continue reading

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Off the edge peach lands in with the droplets of color.

This moderately included standard round brilliant has a different peach look.  It is a muted look and I think that I hit it on the head, when I wrote on the back of its box, dusty golden peach.  Now don’t … Continue reading

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What is the difference between rusty yellow and peach pink? Dichroism.

This is a great oval and I am glad that I put the extra effort into a “supper nova” pavilion that makes  a deep pavilion.  It has a three step crown that is relatively shallow in this stone.  This adds … Continue reading

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Transparent pink to orange pink slider, oval

This oval stays basically pink, but has a weakness for orange.  It is a very transparent gem because of its eye clean, high quality crystal, but that is only part of the story.  Its tone level is medium and it … Continue reading

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The team of orange droplets of color is building.

This standard round brilliant is just another great little orange.  The droplets are fortunate to have a draft pick at the right time.  She is eye clean and bright and the type of orange I actively sought out for years.  … Continue reading

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

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.  … Continue reading

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Pure and sweet orange for a juicy droplet of color

This standard round brilliant is a perfect orange wave.  It is true to its color, eye clean and very bright.  What more can you want in a rare tourmaline color. (a bit bigger would help).  Another success for the droplets … Continue reading

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A dichroic orange of pastel and bright tones. droplet

This standard round brilliant has a rare saturation in orange that is not dimmed by desaturation to brown under different white lights.  It is dichroic, but both colors , one a pastel and the other a bright orange, mix to … Continue reading

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An orange for all seasons droplet of color.

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 … Continue reading

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Dichroic, orange on the red side, droplet of color

This standard round brilliant has a dynamic movement of color.  It is dichroic and on the reddish side under yellowish light.  It appears to be eye clean and with good crystal.  It weighs .62 carats and is a welcome addition … Continue reading

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Fascinating dichroic orange round

Orange can be a fascinating color in tourmaline.  My eyes had taken a healthy swig of this standard round brilliant when I realized that this gemstone is highly dichroic.  I had missed it at first because both colors are ORANGE.  … Continue reading

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Complex color of yellowish red orange round.

I think that this is a dichroic standard round brilliant gemstone.  I see redder flashes as I turn the basically medium toned,yellowish orange gemstone around.  It appears to be eye clean and has fine crystal.   It weighs 4.07 carats. I … Continue reading

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A Nice Sized Red Orange that helps with the color wheel round

I like a full bodied red orange and they are not as common as the yellowish oranges.  They also tend to be unstable with their precious color.  This makes the posted medium dark toned, standard round brilliant. that much more … Continue reading

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Red Orange Round keeps on rolling

This is a beautiful gemstone without visible fault.  I would hazard a guess of some kind of orange garnet, if I was pressed to guess, what this gemstone was without knowing.  I like this standard round brilliant that weighs 2.32 … Continue reading

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Deeply Cut Yellow Copper Round

I love all the different looks the orange can give to tourmaline.  This medium lightly toned round with a split horizontal main cut pavilion is a fine example of tourmaline beauty in orange.  I left the yellow copper color description … Continue reading

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Singing Pink or Orange depending on the light oval.

This stone and its larger brother (#659) have driven me up the wall too many times.  I was just singing in my mind (the cat on my lap doesn’t like me to make too much noise) how I love a … Continue reading

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Wounded pink to orange color changing oval.

Decisions, decisions and you have to make them cutting gemstones.  I have chosen with this gemstone to retain a white feather that is close to vertical with the table, in order to get a descent sized oval.  The rest of … Continue reading

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Great Orange Round with a Flaw#1096

  In the world of cutting quality tourmaline rough, dealing with flaws is very important.  Of course any adjustments for flaws is tightly dependent on retaining material for a decent yield and optimizing the color potential of the rough. I … Continue reading

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Larger Included Red Orange Oval#1089

This is a powerful stone .  Its rich red orange  flash  swirls in the stone masking the moderate amount of inclusions.  Time flashes by and I can not take my eyes off the color.  It is not the  saturated orange … Continue reading

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When does a pastel orange become a peach, round.#1085

  It is a pity that this stone can speak.  Pastels are so shy that they have difficulty showing their true colors, so I have to wobble around.  I like pastel orange for this standard round brilliant, but most people … Continue reading

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Middle of the road pink, no orange droplet#1082

  The lighting is not the best as it is morning with a gray sky and only one yellowish squiggly florescent light shinning on my shoulder.   This droplet jumps into my hand and I see a middle of the road … Continue reading

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I get really juiced with orange, emerald cut#1077

I reignited my faceting adventure because I wanted tourmaline in all its colors.  One of the colors I wanted the most was orange.  Not the browned oranges of Dravite infamy, though they were welcome, but pure and fruity pleasures.  Well … Continue reading

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An Orange that didn’t mind being included, round#1068

  This bright medium toned orange without any indications of browning out obviously came from a piece of rough that was not top faceting grade.  The light inclusion do not really effect the stones brightness and flash.  They just seem … Continue reading

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Orange Oval that is sure it is a tourmaline.#1059

    All this orange tourmaline ever wanted to be was orange.  It doesn’t go for brown outs and would never shift its gears and become a red.  It is mildly dichroic at most.  The icing on the cake is … Continue reading

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Rich Reddish Orange Round#1044

  The tourmaline the jester has brew up a good one this time.  Not only does this tourmaline have a garnet color, but a tone level that is very believable for garnet.  It is not too dark, but has a … Continue reading

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Melon color in round gemstone.#1038

  Now I am probably splitting hairs to distinguish a fruity melon color from a Pad (a variety of sapphire) from pink orange, but it is close to dinner and this stone looks delicious.  It is mostly orange with a … Continue reading

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Orange today and orange tomorrow droplet#1031

  One of the colors in tourmaline I wanted to get when I started cutting gems again after a long hiatus was orange.  Since Brazil and other classic locations produced very little if any orange (without help from man) some … Continue reading

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Orange with a pink modifier in the Round.#1030

No matter how I look at this orange round it is orange.  And orange is not a common color in tourmaline.  It is a bit on the fruity side and I like to think of a nice cantaloupe rather than … Continue reading

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Pad your bet with this orange pink round#1028

After dravites, brown yellows to brown oranges and all tourmalines in the brown world, (progress is being made in that area) the mixture of orange/pink is the most under appreciated color range in saturated colors.  (Achroite, colorless, I am leaving … Continue reading

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pink/orange slider for the droplets of color#1022

  Nice bright clean droplet that slides with the light from pink to orange.  It size and being a standard round brilliant insures that this pitch hitter will make the droplet team.  It weights 1.03 carats.   Bruce

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A salmon that is a bit fishy oval#1016

  I always smile when I am obviously looking at a gemstone under different conditions than when I put the gemstone’s official color on the back of the boxes they live in.  Today under a yellowish light on a gray … Continue reading

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Peach shield cut with a brownish cast.#964

  I don’t really know how a peach can be austere, but this shield cut is.  It has a nice medium light pastel color in decent sunlight that doesn’t blow it away with glare, but it soon desaturates into brown … Continue reading

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Pale Pastel Orange Round

  This standard round brilliant is a good size at 5.05 carats.  It has an eye clean body and probably came from Nigeria.  I love Nigerian pastel tourmaline, especially pink, because the material is about the easiest one to polish … Continue reading

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Fine Orange Standard Round Brilliant#950

One of the reasons that I got back into faceting after a many year hiatus was my love of color.  I looked over the “new” world of the internet and decided that if I ever wanted to collect gemstones with … Continue reading

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

  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 … Continue reading

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