A beautiful top quality sea foam with a feather Barion cushion cut.

Top quality sea foam with feather on the side, Afghan This Barion cut sea foam is beautiful. It does have a feather on the side of the table that has a few noticeable islands. Face up the gemstone appears clean. It weighs 5.84 carats.

Face up this top quality sea foam looks flawless because I manage to get a slight feather just out from under the table.  As you tilt and rotate the nice sized Barion cushion cut you can see a few islands caused by inclusions associate with the feather.  One of the most noticeable does flash and the other is white and dead.

Why didn’t I remove the feather.  The stone has a weight of 5.84 carats and the rest of the gemstone outside of the feather is at least eye clean so there is room to work.  Narrowing the gemstone would have cost me both weight and tonal value.  I would have also been unable to use the Barion cushion efficiently.  So I made a decision that I have done over and over again about what to take out and what to leave in.  This is a beautiful medium toned gemstone and a prized member of the collection and I don’t think that my thinking was flawed when I kept the flaw.


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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