Mixing yellow and pink for a peach oval.#287

A bright, flashy,  filled with a dynamic yellowish salmon color, oval.  #287 This oval appears to be slightly included and has a nice yellowish salmon color that shifts with the light. It has a medium light tone level and fine crystal. It weighs 2.01 carats.

This oval has a tender balance of color that I like to call dynamic.  Depending on the light some tourmalines certainly shift and even change color.  I think that it has not gotten the big play that Alexandrite gets is because the jewelery trade can’t figure out how to make money on it.  With so much variable color to choose from in tourmaline under “daylight” conditions why get into a color change phenomenon that is hard to see under many lighting conditions.  If you really want to see the color of a color changer under incandescent light you need to isolate it from daylight/florescent light or you will see both colors under the mixed light.  And the isolation from incandescent light is needed in the investigation of the tourmaline’s “natural” color.  This is getting very easy to do since so few people have incandescent lights anymore.  But I have found that you really don’t need incandescent to get some great changes, just a yellowish incandescent light in a yellowish shade.  Still it is not the same thing and it is not how color change is defined.

Well the posted gemstone is rather a yellowish salmon color in morning light.  Its medium light tone level and completely open nature makes it bright and flashy.  It appears to be slightly included and weighs 2.01 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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