Orange with a pink modifier in the Round.#1030

Cantaloupe, Orange for a winning round Cantaloupe is a nice orange for a tourmaline and this deeply cut round is a excellent example. Flawed, but with good crystal it comes in with a weight of 5.64 carats.

No matter how I look at this orange round it is orange.  And orange is not a common color in tourmaline.  It is a bit on the fruity side and I like to think of a nice cantaloupe rather than peach(yellower) with this one.  It has a clearly visible feather that runs under 1/3 of the table.  It does not flash out its existence and in a rare color, you do what you have to do to make a gemstone.  The gemstone’s crystal is very good and since the flaw is pretty well limited to one feather it is still nice and bright and flashy.

This round has a standard pavilion, but an extra deep crown.  The crown is a modified step cut that I find makes a nice bright stone and helps me to try a retain as much color in lightly color gemstones as possible.  (To get the deepest gemstones I make a split horizontal main pavilion along with this crown.)  The gemstone ended up having a very nice tone level.  The deep round weighs in at 5.64 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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