Orange today and orange tomorrow droplet#1031


Orange, Orange Droplet This is a great orange that will stand up to the best droplets. It is clean and bright and weighs 1.58 carats.

One of the colors in tourmaline I wanted to get when I started cutting gems again after a long hiatus was orange.  Since Brazil and other classic locations produced very little if any orange (without help from man) some authorities intimated that nature did not produce a good orange in tourmaline.  I think that Africa has changed the world of orange in tourmaline.  Oranges that are golden orange and look like amber are common in smaller sizes.  A good orange juice orange is still rare, but available from a number of sources.

This droplet of color is the orange of my dreams.  It doesn’t pink or brown out on me and I will drink to that.   It is a great tone level and highly transparent.  In other words this standard round brilliant, stands right up there with the best droplets.  Though I must admit that any oranges of any quality do not merit the same respect as top level blues, greens and reds.  Rarity does not necessarily bring high value.  This gemstone weighs 1.58 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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