A score of ten for the flawless high quality sea foam from Afghanistan.

A GEM of a Barion Cushion Afghan Sea Form This Barion cushion is flawless and with an excellent tone and hue it is declared a GEM. A GEM is a gemstone that has it all, including great cutting. It weighs 4.69 carats.

This Barion cushion is cut from a very high grade of sea foam tourmaline from Afghanistan.  It has the desirable neon look and the cut blends the blue green and yellow green together wonderfully.  It has great crystal and appears to be eye clean.  It seems to me that there should be more to say about this GEM, but I spend most of my time describing faults with  gemstones and there are none with this beauty.  It could be bigger of course, but I will take its 4.69 carats and be thankful, for I will never be able to get more to cut like this.

Bruce

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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