Desatured orange I call mahogany, oval.#278

Bright flashy mahogany color in an eye clean oval.  #278 This is a beautiful gemstone. Its medium dark tone level is alive with flash and its desaturated brownish orange color is mahogany to me. It weighs 3.73 carats.

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 is alive with energy.  Enough to be called mahogany in my book.  But since my book is pretty small, you will probably never see mahogany used with a tourmaline anywhere else.

Now I have to make a further confession, I like this color.  It is like the dark rich caramel that use to be hand dipped in chocolate just for me.  I never bought an assortment of chocolates so I knew what I was going to get and my favorite was caramel.  Now that is all just a dream for me, that is replayed when I gaze on this special stone (it has brothers).  Some friends I questioned about tourmaline and its colors would consistently come up with alcoholic colors, but that is not my style.

The posted oval appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It has great flash for its medium dark tone level.  It weighs 3.73 carats and doesn’t mind being called mahogany.


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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