Orange flash in a brown body, oval#258

Simply dravite, nice orange flash, oval This oval has a nice moderate tone level, but is too desaturated, that produces brown, to let the orange flash bring the stone out of being a dravite. It is eye clean and of moderate brightness. It weighs 2.89 carats.

The verdict is in, this is a traditional dravite, even if the flash has quite a good orange color.  The oval has a nice medium tone level and appears to be eye clean with good crystal.  But it can not climb the heights with the amount of brown in the pools of color away from the flash.  If it was cut as a round, where flash dominates the stone more, it would have probably been a gem with more orange in its moods.  It weighs 2.89 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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