Dravite long ratio emerald cut

Smaller, long ratio Dravite emerald cut. This Dravite has a nice spicy color I am calling nutmeg. It weighs 2.04 carats, is clean and bright. It probably came from East Africa.


On the back of this box I have brown for the color of this beautiful emerald cut,   That certainly lacks the flickering fire of inspiration that is need to sell tourmaline.  We need a spice name for the long ratio, clean emerald cut, that has a great color.  It is a bit yellowish for cinnamon, so I will now call it nutmeg.  This dravite, the old name, and others have been coming out of East Africa  with colors that can help improve tourmaline’s image with the public, even if it is really just a beautiful brown. P.S. I like brown and when it has a touch of red I call it mahogany.

The emerald cut is modest in size at 2.04 carats, but is unusual, with dravite, in not being very dichroic.  Even the ends are brown and not dark.   It is most likely that this gemstone is an Elbaite and not the species Dravite which is another mineral in the family of minerals, we call tourmaline.



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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