Dichroic, golden orange oval#984


Dichroic orange and golden yellow oval Nice eye clean oval that flashes more or less golden yellow or orange depending on the angle of view. It has good saturation under most lights, but may get "muddy" under some lights. It weighs 2.53 carats.

Some gemstone grab you even with a casual glance while others get passed over.  This strongly dichroic (two different colors/intensity of color depending on the axis of view) deserves a closer look.   The higher tone level c axis color is a quite delightful orange, but it has to share the stage with a golden yellow that drifts a little bit into the greenish mode (I think).  Now green and gold may mix well on the foot ball field, but in tourmaline, I prefer to not have them together.  It tends to make a muddy field to cut on.  I may have  short changing this gemstone, that is really a delight under the morning light that I am posting under, but I am just expressing one of my color dislikes.  Everyone has there color preferences and I tried not to cater to my personal ones when building this collection.  If the tourmaline had a “different” shade of color I tried to be its friend.  This gemstone is eye clean and its dynamic color world flashes in a moderate to darker tone level.  It is a nice size at 2.53 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.
This entry was posted in Etc., Yellow and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.