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Dissecting a Dravite Hot Off the Lap.

I am continually amazed by the variety of dynamic colors in tourmaline.  And shifts in color than can make a less desirable color in gemstone still blaze with a unique statement.  And a unique tourmaline certainly gets my attention. The … Continue reading

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I wouldn’t call this anything, but mahogany or maybe golden brown, oval#299

Brown was suppose to be brown and then I got into mahogany.  Now I am seeing storage boxes with golden brown on the back and I see the most wonder rich sultry mahogany under my yellowish florescent light.  I check … Continue reading

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A medium tone level brown to brownish orange oval.#298

This oval has a normal depth and lighter medium tone level than most of the dravites in this tray.  It goes more orange brown from brown in my yellowish light, but it doesn’t reach beyond a rather watery presences.  It … Continue reading

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A tourmaline for those who like chocolate diamonds, oval#288

Now I haven’t looked at a large number of “chocolate” diamonds, but this dark flash driven golden brown beauty seems to fill the bill for me.  The oval appears to be eye clean and with its table, cut perpendicular to … Continue reading

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Brown did you hear me, I said brown, but not dull, oval.#279

I think this good sized oval is one of only two gemstones in the collection that deserves to be just called brown.  It is obviously dichroic with its table being cut perpendicular to the principle axis (c).  The a/b axis … Continue reading

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A pink to orange, but mostly brown, sliding round.#78

Not all browns are created equality and many dealers probably don’t care because once a stone is dominated by brown it becomes a vile creature.  It is called dravite, a name that sounds vaguely like an ancient language and left … Continue reading

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This droplet of color is a dark brown with flashes of violet. #68

Every brown is a desaturated (not a pure tone) color and this dark toned droplet of color, spectral color is violet.  In good light you can see the violet flash, but when the clouds move in, the flash turns to … Continue reading

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A brown descent into orange wood, mahogany,round.#543

When I looked at the back of this standard round brilliant to look for flaws I was somewhat frustrated by my past cutting behavior.  There was a white inclusion about one third of the way up from the pavilion and … Continue reading

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A great brown with a different twist, emerald cut.#531

If you look closely at many tourmaline browns, what do you see.  An orange that is just not saturated (purity of color) enough to present its orange face cleanly and brightly to the world.  But the posted gemstone, which is … Continue reading

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The cut can make the caramel brown Barion cushion fun.#521

This desaturated orange works great in the Barion cushion.  Its eye clean and with good crystal that makes everything a sweet deal.  Its tone level is medium dark and flash does dominate the stone.  When the stone is at rest … Continue reading

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Golden Brown Honey for the Droplet of Color#727

This standard round brilliant is a sweet treat for the droplets of color.   A brown overtone maybe a liability for some gemstones, but not for the pretty piece.  It is only a touch of honey brown and that makes the … Continue reading

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Dark toned and flash driven golden/orange brown oval

This bigger oval is reaching the limit, set by its darker tone, in size that an effective oval can be cut.  It is dark, but from its depths still come bright flashes of golden orange.  Dichroism does not appear to … Continue reading

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Orange Brown to Golden Brown like Buckwheat Honey, oval

This sweet gemstone is dichroic with the darker golden to orange brown in the ends of the longer ratio oval.  The stones tone level is medium dark and it color is mainly flash driven.  It is eye clean with excellent … Continue reading

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A golden oval that rests in brown.#290

This modest gemstone has a nice golden flash, but is darken by brown when the flash passes.  It is moderately dichroic with darker tones of gold in the ends of the oval.  It appears to be eye clean and with … Continue reading

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An incredibly dichroic mahogany oval#289

I have been waiting to post about this longer ratio, deeply cut oval.  Face up the dravite, a trade name for brown tourmaline,  looks like many of the brown gems I have posted about, with the possible exception that its … Continue reading

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A brown has come around, again, oval.#288

I smile when I wrote again in the title, because I like this stone and I wish that more browns would roll my way.  But I haven’t seen any for years (2013).  I am sure the rough came from East … Continue reading

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A darker more robust brown oval#279

Little orange is left in this good sized brown oval.  I would really reach for a name with this one and call it brown.  It is dark, but still has a fine flash driven color, in a stone that is … Continue reading

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Darker bicolor emerald cut of pink and brown.

Before I was able to buy cuprian material from Mozambique, my opportunities to buy purple tourmaline had been severally limited.  My hope to buy blue purple had been fruitless.  I wished that I had been active when Paraiba was affordable … Continue reading

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Hexagonal Barion Cut Brown

This is a Barion Cut, that I only used once.  It makes a very flashy hexagonal stone that looks like an emerald cut from the top.  The stones color is a consistent brown, which is on the golden side.  It … Continue reading

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Dichroic medium toned brown, modified emerald cut.

In an attempt to use a cut that better blends the stones two dichroic colors, together I used a modified emerald cut.  The cut does not demand as much depth to the gemstone as a Barion cushion and it is … Continue reading

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Golden Reddish Brown Colored Emerald Cut.

This smaller emerald cut has a rich tone level that shows off its golden reddish brown color very well.  The stone is dichroic, but the light a/b axis is at the ends rather than the normal arrangement of the c … Continue reading

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Smaller amber to brown emerald cut.

This dravite, is a great amber to brown color and is not dichroic.  This means that the color is uniform and the end bright and flashy.  It appears to be eye clean with fine crystal.  It came from East Africa … Continue reading

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Smaller dichroic reddish brown emerald cut.

This dichroic emerald cut has rich reddish brown ends and moderate, browner sides.  The sum of the colors produces what I like to call mahogany.  The stone has a darker tone, but the mahogany is interesting in stronger light or … Continue reading

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Small Barion Cushion Cut Brown

One of my other hobbies is working in the garden and working in the garden to me is getting into dirt.  The color, smell and feel of a rich topsoil can be very satisfying.  So perhaps this is why I … Continue reading

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Moderate Honey Brown Oval

How many brown gemstones have you ever seen?   (I guess brown diamonds have become popular, but I hardly ever think about diamonds period.)  And when a gemstone has a brownish cast to its red, orange or yellow body, heaters … Continue reading

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Dravite in Stone, Oval#1090

This gemstone has a nice sharp crown with two steps.  It body has good crystal and is eye clean.  All great features for a stone that should step forward, but the desaturation  of its orange color, that produces a brown … Continue reading

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Golden Brown Oval#1024

  This tourmaline is dichroic with the darker drown in the ends, but they do not make the stone dark.  I would call this a dravite, but it is golden and spicy and not a color drag at all.  The … Continue reading

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An Oval Mixer of yellowish green and gold with a touch of brown.#1003

  This oval will have to be called a yellow, but its dichroic nature keeps the stone dancing between flashes of greenish yellow and golden all with a touch of brown.  I am a true supporter of yellowish tourmaline, but … Continue reading

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Large Dravite wins ugliest award#968

  This large standard brilliant round weighs in at 23.4 carats, which makes it a heavy weight contender.  It came to me preformed to be a round and I did not have any qualms about going with the shape.   I … Continue reading

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Dravite long ratio emerald cut

  On the back of this box I have brown for the color of this beautiful emerald cut,   That certainly lacks the flickering fire of inspiration that is need to sell tourmaline.  We need a spice name for the long … Continue reading

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