A steely blue green shield cut.#160

Steely blue green, muted flash, shield cut.  #160 This shield cut has a fine eye clean with good crystal look, but its grayed blue green color mutes its flash. It weighs 1.30 carats.

A great effort is sometimes made not to put gray into the color name of a gemstone, but the fact is that many blues and other colors have a gray over tone in tourmaline.  Calling a gemstone steely is a favorite way around the desire to give a good description of a gemstone without using gray.  Now I like grays, but it does take the edge off the posted gemstone which has to be respected as a dark and silent type.  There is flash in this darker toned shield cut, but it needs decent light and a personal touch to appreciate it.  It weighs 1.30 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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