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

A browned orange Dravite oval. This orange oval jumps with life when you play with it in the light, but browns out at rest. It is eye clean and with fine crystal. It likes yellowish light and doesn't mind being a Dravite. It weighs 2.75 carats.

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 oranges, sometimes it is a rich enough brown that the orange is pretty much left behind, but all of them are called Dravite.  The way Dravite is used here, it is just a varietal name, not the species (a different chemical/mineral from Elbaite the most common tourmaline in gemstones.)  This posted gemstone is probably an Elbaite, but I have no way to tell without laboratory work.  No matter what species it is,  this oval has a nice orange flash that gets browner or not with the light.  It certainly likes my yellowish light.  It weighs 2.75 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.
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