Longer ratio oval with a step crown, that is a honey of a golden brown color #95.

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In the “old” days, when tourmaline for the intrepid amateur cutter, was more available, one of my primary dealers out of Africa would send out emails on new finds of tourmaline. (and other gemstones).  This posted gemstone was one of the pieces of rough I bought threw an emailed offering that covered tourmaline from Tanzania.   The material was actually from an old find and had colors from golden browns to pretty pure yellows.  One of the rough selling points was its purity.

This golden brown oval appears to be eye clean and not dichroic.  It has a two step crown that directs you into the bright medium toned center of the gemstone, easily.   It weighs 2.78 carats and really does seem to be different, but it is still a Elbaite, not a Dravite the species.  Though the trade would use the term dravite for this and every other tourmaline with a significant amount of brown in its color.  I have since made this honey brown color feel more at home by actively pursuing this color with good success.




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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