peach and pink with a dark modifier oval.#276

pink peach with a dark tone, oval  #276 This oval appears to be eye clean and with a moderate amount of flash. Its pink peach color is dominated by a dark tone and I would call it a dravite. It weighs 2.98 carats.

I guess because of the complexity of generating orange in tourmaline, nature has produced many desaturated hybrids that are not particularly attractive.  I have been told that titanium is the cause of many of the less than desirable shades with dark modifiers rather than iron, which many blame.  I am certain the iron is essential for the world of beauty in tourmaline, but the roll of titanium is another less well understood world in my book.

The posted stone’s color is not a particularly pleasant mixture of pink/peach and something dark.  I would call it a dravite, but even the brown tone is not really definite.  It appears to be eye clean and its medium tone body produces a reasonable amount of flash.  But the energy is not there.  Still it is different and that helps make it interesting.  It weighs 2.98 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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