Melon color in round gemstone.#1038


Another round of mellon tourmaline This is a very nice richly toned orange with just a touch of pink. The standard round brilliant weighs 2.32 and makes you think of a garnet. Most of the time garnet would be the right guess.

Now I am probably splitting hairs to distinguish a fruity melon color from a Pad (a variety of sapphire) from pink orange, but it is close to dinner and this stone looks delicious.  It is mostly orange with a touch of pink under some lights.  It has a great rich tone without going brown or being dense.  Did I say that I love orange tourmaline and this stone is a joy in a color that is not common in tourmaline.  This standard round brilliant is eye clean and weighs 2.32 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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