Open Dichroic Orange Oval

Great dichroic orange oval. This oval has both a lighter orange and darker orange component. It is bright and flashy. It appears to be eye clean and without a dark component to its color. It weighs 2.19 carats.

The selection of rough to cut this collection has never had an organized method to it, except for purchasing the best and most diverse set of color in tourmaline I can find and afford.  What that really boils down to is going for targets of opportunity.  The quality, color and quantity of tourmaline on the market has changed strongly over the years  of cutting and accumulating this collection.  Each new or renewed source of tourmaline needs to be quickly evaluated and an attempt made to get a piece of the action in beautiful and unusual tourmaline.  And frankly little regard is made for past success in rare colors or even fine examples of more commercial colors.  This drive, for tourmaline with a difference, is made more speculative by not really knowing the color complexities of the rough you’re buying.  Internet color and descriptions of color are not enough.  I have been hooked many times by the key world “unusual” with color in tourmaline and gotten mixed results to say the least.

Now back to this post and perhaps a reason why I have digressed into the building of a collection of tourmaline.  In trying to build a world of posts to enhance my new web site and the pictures it contains,  I have looked closely at many gemstones that have not been evaluated in years.   Part of the looking has made it obvious that I have had great success in getting nice orange colored tourmaline. (certainly greater than I thought)   Many of these oranges are dichroic with both colors being a shade of orange and eye clean with good crystal that is without dark modifiers.  So a toast to this fine oval orange, that shares the excellent attributes of more siblings in the collection than I thought and my unusual success.  The gemstone weighs 2.19 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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