Moderate Honey Brown Oval

Bright Honey Brown Oval This gemstone is clean, bright and open without a hint of dichroism. Its honey brown color is sweet enough to standout in the collection and needs no heat to make it prettier. It weighs 3.25 carats.l

How many brown gemstones have you ever seen?   (I guess brown diamonds have become popular, but I hardly ever think about diamonds period.)  And when a gemstone has a brownish cast to its red, orange or yellow body, heaters everywhere would love to eliminate it.

Well tourmalines have browns that can stand on their own two facets.  The strongly desaturated reds, oranges and yellows become delightful mahoganies, and various earthy spice colors.  The names have become quite creative and leave poor dravite (not the species), a trade name for browns tourmaline, in the dust.

This pure honey brown oval is proud to be brown and wears a three step crown.  It is a snappy color without any greenish shadows.  It probably came from East Africa, where most of the new more exciting browns are coming from.  A bight nature is unaffected by dichroism and it weighs 3.25 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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