A long, long ratio, IceT flavored pastel punch of a bicolor emerald cut. #90

Long ratio, one third pastel pink, two thirds pastel blue, emerald cut. #90 This emerald cut has a pale tone level and a long ratio. The bicolor is split between one third pink and two thirds blue with both colors having a similar pastel look. It is eye clean and weighs 4.59 carats.

For me the cutting of a long ratio (length to width) ratio is an effort to keep the long narrow rectangular facets square.  Actually it is in the polishing, rather than the cutting, that causes my problems,  Generally I only go threw the effort on bi or tri colors that have to be longer to present their colors well.  I did the effort with this posted gemstone and I was handsomely rewarded.  Its pale tone level, with its commensurate pastel colors of blue and pink needed all the bulk it could get, to be effective.  The bicolor is divided up into one third baby pink and two thirds baby blue.  The IceT group, of very pale tourmaline, inducted her as soon as possible.  She weighs 4.59 carats and is as pure in crystal as new driven snow.  Not even a single inclusion or a bit of roughness on the keel mas her ice-like look.


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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