Medium dark toned orange brown flash, round #79

A medium dark brown with orange flash round.  #79 This standard round brilliant is definitely brown, but its orangish flash makes it spicy and I like to call it mahogany. It appears to be eye clean and weighs 2.77 carats.

This is one of the “modern” dravites that has come out of East Africa.  It is not too dark to have decent flash and the orange tones make it spicy enough to demand a new name rather than dravite in some peoples eyes.  I like mahogany, but then I am familiar with the wood.  The gemstone appears to be eye clean and weighs 2.77 carats.  Just a reminder, this gemstone is still probably an Elbaite, the most common member of the tourmaline group in gemstones, rather than another species in the tourmaline group called dravite, that hasn’t any lithium and comes from a completely different geological setting.


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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