Pad your bet with this orange pink round#1028

Orange Pink Medium Toned Round This is a great medium toned tourmaline with a Pad (variety of sapphire) color. It is a standard round brilliant and weighs 2.21 carats.

After dravites, brown yellows to brown oranges and all tourmalines in the brown world, (progress is being made in that area) the mixture of orange/pink is the most under appreciated color range in saturated colors.  (Achroite, colorless, I am leaving on the side).  By saturated color, I mean ones that lack of modifiers, like brown and black that can dull down the hue (color).

Pad is an abbreviation for a very long and impossible name to spell, that is used for a certain color of sapphire that traditional comes from Ceylon.  It is very prized and its color is endlessly debated about.  Well tourmaline can step up to the plate and hit a home run in any level of tone and mixture of pink and orange hues required to match Pad.  Where are the accolades and excitement.  It is drowned in peach fuzz.  Now peach is a fine name for fruit, but it will never sell like sapphire’s “wonderful” variety even if it has the same color.  I have heard of some attempts to use sunrise for orange/pink and I hope something works, it would be peachy keen.

This standard round brilliant is an excellent tone level of orange and pink mixed together.  I see orange on the back of the storage box and I know that this tourmaline shifts, but I am sure that it never leaves the pink orange arena.  It is eye clean and such a pleasure that I have a hard time taking my eyes off of her.  She weighs 2.21 carats and looks comfortable in her round.




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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