Large Dravite wins ugliest award#968


Large open standard brilliant round that is Mahogany (brown) Mahogany is the name I would give this 23.4 carat round. It is bright and open and is unique in the collection. It is different rather than ugly to me.

This large standard brilliant round weighs in at 23.4 carats, which makes it a heavy weight contender.  It came to me preformed to be a round and I did not have any qualms about going with the shape.   I can see some red in the piece and instead of brown, that is on the box, or dravite, which is the traditional trade name for brown tourmaline, I would call this gemstone’s color mahogany.

Now that it has a nice name and with a tone level that is not too high, why did it win the ugliest award from a high end dealer that was looking at my collection. (he use to work  in Beverly Hills) Because the gemstone was big and brown and hard to miss.  Brown just doesn’t work for some people, but I like it. The heavy weight’s charms of purity and flash take a little time and effort to enjoy. Time he didn’t have.  I don’t  know how well it would do snuggled up close to the twin towers of feminine beauty found on all Hollywood starlets, but it is beautiful in my world.



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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