A moderately included bluish green, square Barion cushion.#771

Bright included blue green square Barion cut. This included blue green stone is still bright with a fine medium tone level. It is cut in a square Barion cut that gives the stone both depth and a nice flash play. It weighs 6.68 carats.

On a trip to the west coast, I was able to cherry pick a large lot of sea foam tourmaline from Afghanistan.  I wanted to get something, but I could not afford much.  The rough for this square Barion cushion stood out from the rest because it had the best color, but was also more included than the rest of the lot,. that was basically eye clean.  My host told the dealer, whom he work with often, that he would take the included piece if I did not.  Well I had already decided on taking the piece that became this gemstone.  Color is the name of the game with this collection and this stone had it.

I have called this color sea foam, but I don’t see the two colors in this gemstone.  I do see a very bright medium pastel blue green that has a wide assortment of very thin growth tubes and inclusion.  It is probably another decision for color that was not very economic.  This pretty gemstone with a story weighs 6.68 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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