Orange, Orange, Orange droplet of color.#602

Wonderful medium toned orange droplet of color.  #602 This is the orange color I hoped to find in tourmaline. It is a standard round brilliant and is eye clean and a bright, flashy member of the droplets of color. It weighs .62 carats.

Posted stone, weight .62 carats.

Champion orange of my dreams, droplet of color  #613 Not a large standard round brilliant and more oranges have rolled threw, but this really flashy, bright clean orange was the first and still the best orange droplet of color. It weighs .77 carats.

Winner of the contest .77 carats.

Great orange that is orange droplet of color  #627 This standard round brilliant is bright and eye clean. It is a true medium toned orange without brown problems. It weighs .87 carats and couldn't be kept from the droplets of color even if I want to.

Third contestant in the contest  .87 carats.

There are three candidates for the title of the best all around orange in a smaller stone, from the droplets of color’s world of standard round brilliants.  They are all wonderful little gems, with this one being the smallest of the three, yet it has the darkest medium tone level.  Now this is not caused by being brown or having impurities in anyway.  This is the orange color I hoped to find in tourmaline when I stared cutting again after a long hiatus.  It weighs .62 carats and is really a sweet, juicy treat, but not the winner.



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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