Quite included candy orange oval, Brazil#550

Heavily included melon orange oval. This piece of Brazilian "salad" is heavily included but has a nice medium tone, melon orange color without brown. It does not flash very well due to the inclusions. It weighs 2.55 carats.

This oval was cut from a piece of “salad” that I purchased from Brazil.  “Salad” are low grade tourmalines that are faceted by native cutters.  I got some just to see if I could get some different shades of color and see how they were cut.  This very interesting orange reminds me of a melon.  It is not bother by brown and definitely has a reddish touch.  Unfortunately the oval is heavily effect by its inclusions and really doesn’t flash very well.  It is a keeper for its color and the color spread of the collection.  It weighs 2.55 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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