Orange with yellow and pink highlights, droplet.#989


Droplet of color tht mixes pink/yellow in an orange swirl. Pretty standard round brilliant that has a complex mixture of colors. It does have some inclusions, but is bright and sparkly like all droplets. It weighs 1.64 carats.

Orange is a complicated color in tourmaline and most of the orange in the tourmaline world has come from Africa.  Some golden oranges that desaturate to browns, easily are not very attractive.  They are called dravites and not particularly prize.  This droplet of color is in an entirely different world.  It is open and a mixer of pinks and yellows in its orange hearty.  It has no time to be brown  and if it was a sapphire from Ceylon (Pad), that was untreated like this tourmaline, it would be worth a great deal more money.  Why doesn’t tourmaline get more respect?  It has the color all wrapped up in a great tone level beauty.  This droplet does have some specks and weighs 1.64 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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