Early on in my quest for all the colors of tourmaline I could get, orange was close to the top of my list of wants. I hadn’t come up with a steady date with any dealers and I was new at surfing the internet. I found a dealer in the USA that had both high quality material and high prices. I found out later that this tends to be the relationship in facet rough. I got some sapphire on consignment and that went well so I inquired about orange tourmaline. He had two pieces left from Nigeria that he had gotten years ago, most of his material had been in his hands for awhile, I think. One was over 20 carats and beyond my means and interest at the time. The other one was about a gram (5 carats). The gram has been used as a measure of faceting rough for many years. I paid the piper and he sent me one of the strangest looking pieces of rough I have ever received. It really was a thicker shard that had been broken on both sides with conchoidal fractures. One end was absolutely colorless, but the other thicker end was a great pure orange. I didn’t cut it for month’s because I really did not know what to do with it. Finally I took the hit and ground off what could not be saved, which included all the colorless part and made a small round. The yield was terrible, but I had my orange. As you have seen I have gone far beyond small oranges, but none are better than this gem.
The posted standard round brilliant is bright, appears eye clean and is one of three droplets of color trying for the top spot in the orange contest. They are all really great oranges, the type, without brown, that I hope for from the beginning of the quest for color in tourmaline. And this one has been declared the champion with a balance of size, color, clarity and flash. Congratulations you have come a long way for one who weighs only .77 carats.