A large blue shield of honor and honesty#996


Great pure pastel blue shield cut. This pastel blue gemstone is not dichroic like most indicolite. It is pure and bright and weighs 4.41 carats.

This shield cut can not help, but come clean.  It has nothing to hide except for maybe a drift toward green in artificial light.  Still it is a natural pastel blue, but not a baby blue.  It probably has a touch of gray, that reminds at least one person I know, of blue diamond.  I myself have not seen examples of pastel blue diamonds except in books, so it is hard for me to say.  I would probably have to call this an indicolite (trade name for blue tourmaline) but it has such a different feel from most indicolites, that I like to think of this type of clear uniform pastel blue as a different group.  But to make the nomenclature of  tourmaline more complex would have to have a real need, not a minor preference, because it is already (too?) complex.  This exceptional gemstone has the full three step crown and the lovely play of flash, of a triangular cut.  It weighs a healthy 4.41 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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