A well ripened wheat shield cut.#263

A very fine, medium toned, wheat shield cut This medium toned shield cut has everything a slightly browned pastel would want to be called wonderful wheat. It weighs 5.76 carats and is as bright as it can be.

This beautiful shield cut could be considered a pale peach in some light sources, but I think I see enough brown to  call it wheat.  The wash of brown does not darken the stone very much and you can see a very bright stone, face up.  Wheat (browned yellows to oranges) is not a particularly common color in tourmalines that have such a light tone value.  The shield cut natural gives a bright flashy gemstone, that in this case has an eye clean tourmaline to work with.  The gemstone weighs a healthy 5.76 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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