Eye candy alert, orange tang on the menu, oval beauty.#270

Bright well satured orange oval.  #270 This well saturated orange oval is a joy. Its color is rare without a dark tone and its medium tone level makes for a bright and flashy gemstone. It appears to be eye clean and weighs 1.19 carats.

Some colors do not need much to get me going.  Orange is one of them.  An influential tourmaline expert once wrote that he questioned whether orange was a naturally occurring color in tourmaline.   It certainly has not been a big part of the Brazilian scene, but I think Africa  has completely removed any doubt about an orange like this being natural.  Besides being orange to the point of competing with the beryllium treated sapphire, it has nothing wrong with it.   Its medium toned body is bright and flashy and a big thanks for being part of the collection.  It weighs 1.19 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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