Dravite in Stone, Oval#1090

A Dravite Brown Orange Oval. This burnt orange tourmaline has better saturation in a yellowish light. It is eye clean and has a two step crown. It has good crystal and weighs 3.40 carats.

This gemstone has a nice sharp crown with two steps.  It body has good crystal and is eye clean.  All great features for a stone that should step forward, but the desaturation  of its orange color, that produces a brown tone, makes for a retiring gemstone.  A nice yellowish light brings out the orange and the brown fades into a much more attractive saturated presence.  So this is dravite and it has never been highly prized.  This variety of tourmaline has to be included in the collection for balance, interest, but not filling the color wheel.  This attractive, restrained oval tourmaline weighs 3.40 carats.

 

Bruce

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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