A GEM Emerald Cut of Afghan Sea Foam

A GEM Afghan Neon Sea Foam Emerald Cut This emerald cut weighs 4.40 carats and is a flawless combination of great sea foam color, neon brightness, medium tone value end clean high grade crystal. It is a GEM.

Years ago I bought a National Geographic’s tape about diamonds.  I was still not focused on my destiny in stones.  Part of the tape was about cutting diamonds.  One example was  in India  and showed a boy using a platform machine much like mine. (He appeared board and I wonder why?).  The other part, I remember on cutting, showed wonderfully perfect octahedrons of diamonds that would be cut by wonderfully skilled cutters to make perfect gemstones.  There seemed to be an implicit assumption that “perfect” rough is more difficult to manufacture into quality gemstones than the almost industrial grade rough the boy in India has to deal with.  Well in my world of tourmaline that is far from the truth because “perfect” rough by definition will produce a GEM (exceptional gemstone) easily.

The posted stone was cut from a “perfect” piece of rough.  This was not a percentage shot on perfection, but a sure shot.  I had paid the price for a “neon” sea foam from Afghanistan and I would be easily reward for my lapidary effort.  Of course I easily ran out of money and my source dried up, but that is the nature of the quest for color in tourmaline.  Oh and it weighs 4.40 wonderful 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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