Oval with Dreaded Olive Green Color#1002


Olive green oval tourmaline This very bright oval has a three step top, open ends and common olive color that has more brown than usual. It weighs 5.98 carats.

This larger oval has a very common and not very appreciated color, olive green.  I have not really run into other gemstones being called olive green, but some yellowish greens with a touch of brown produces a tourmaline that will be demeaned for life.

This said, does this tourmaline have any redeeming virtues besides filling a need in the collect for the common along with the exceptional?  I think it does because of its excellent crystal, medium rich tone and probably loupe clean qualities.  You can even push the color into being a greened bronze and that makes it sound a whole lot better.  The oval has a three step top and a very bright and flashy personality.  It weighs 5.98 carats and has completely open ends.


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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