Mahogany, brown orange, droplet of color.#940

Mahogany droplet of color (brown orange) This standard round brilliant is a fine little gemstone. It has a medium dark tone level and appears to be eye clean. It does not appear to be dichroic. It weighs 1.30 carats and is a fine droplet of color.

Now what is in a name.  Too much I am afraid.  This standard round brilliant is a pretty gemstone.  It appears to be eye clean and has fine crystal.  Its medium dark tone value still permits the stone to be exciting.  Still under the traditional trade name of Dravite, it gets little respect.  If that doesn’t work for you than we could go to the autumn colors and say burnt orange, which has never produced a pleasant image in my mind.  So you could fall back on to multiple basic words such as brown orange, but there certainly is a lack of creativity there and does the mundane sell?  I have worked in wood and love mahogany, cherry and black walnut etc.  Blend that with a beautiful tourmaline and I think that mahogany sounds like a good name for this variety of tourmaline.

I guess the bottom line is, open your eyes and see the color, removed from the names and preconceptions.  If you think that high quality tourmaline in any color is common that it should not be treasured, than I suggest you look into the rapidly rising price of everything in tourmaline.  Where else can you get such a world of color in a untreated, natural gemstone?

This high quality, dravite, burnt orange, mahogany… droplet of color weighs 1.30 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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