Rich pink with orange tones oval. #76

picture problem

I posted this stone along with two others in a earlier post called “Red is not enough”.  I was looking at all three stones under both a yellowish florescent  light or an incandescent at the times.  I waited to do this post until I could check this oval under normal daylight conditions.  The stones color has turn more of a melon color with less saturation and an orange overtone.  It certainly did not respond to the light change like the Rubellite or brown red like I wrote about in “Red is not enough“.  Nomenclature will always be a problem with tourmaline because it is so complex.

This medium tone pink/red has an orange overtone.  It appears to be eye clean and with fine crystal.  It is in the family of color changers to shifter that makes orange to red evaluations difficult sometimes.  It weighs 2.10 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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