Orange droplet of color, a bit pale for the contest.#645

A great orange droplet of color that is notable.  #645 This standard round brilliant has just a bit less tone value than the three other oranges in its tray. It is a beautiful stone with no brown over tones and all the right properties. It weighs .90 carats.

This gemstone protested the results of the contest between three of its orange brothers.  The judge, me, had ruled that the posted droplet of color was just bit too low in tone to compete.  Now that I have taken a second look at this standard round brilliant, he probably had a point.  The stone is completely eye clean and very bright with an orange color that deserves recondition.  It weighs a nice .90 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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