Pale Pastel Orange Round

Five carat round with subtle yellow orange color. Nigerian tourmaline that is a mix of pink and green that forms a yellow orange body color. It is clean a very mild pastel that weighs 5.05 carats.


This standard round brilliant is a good size at 5.05 carats.  It has an eye clean body and probably came from Nigeria.  I love Nigerian pastel tourmaline, especially pink, because the material is about the easiest one to polish and is clean.  Now this gemstone is not pink, but I bet there is some floating around in there along with traces of green, that blend into a yellowish orange overall color.  The tone level is moderately low and I can see a very pale color when I swirl the gemstone so this is a subtle stone.  I just looked and I think that its color is enhanced under an incandescence’s light yellowish cast.  You’re are going to have to live with this one to judge its merits.



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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