Medium dark pink soup with an orange shadow, round.#39

Nice medium, richer toned pink with an orange glow, round.  #39 This standard round brilliant is on the orange side of pink. This medium rich tone level gem, shows a nice amount of flash, in its eye clean body, with fine crystal. It weighs 4.55 carats.

This gemstone is part of my first tray in the collection.  My son organized it after the last show the Carnegie Museum ever gave with gems and minerals.  He brought together many red/pink rounds from over the years.  Many of them are well saturated because quality pinks are still generally available and the trade sees little need to handle grayed pinks.  All the rounds up to this point in the tray have had a purplish overtone if they aren’t pure pink/red (probably none of them are really pure).  Well this one is different and its home is the world of orangish red.  This is not the world of Pad (an abbreviation for a type of sapphire that has a mixture of pink and red, that is very expensive and usually comes from Ceylon.), but it quite beautiful to me and not as appreciated as it should be.  This gemstone, that definitely has an orange shade to its rich pink, has a medium rich tone level with fine, eye clean crystal.  It weighs 4.55 carats of the extended world of oranges, all brought to you by the wonderful world of 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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