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.