A wild side yellow with a long body, oval

An extra long ratio oval in sparkling yellow. This is the only oval in the collection with such a long ratio. It has a fine yellow in an eye clean stone with excellent crystal. There is no brown cast, but you may see a bit of green in some lights. It weighs 1.72 carats.

I kept this yellow piece of rough for a long time because I wanted to cut this rare color in tourmaline with as little loss in weight as possible.  But that meant I would have to cut a very long ratio oval and I was not prepared to do that.  Finally I had  experiment enough with meet point cutting to get acceptable ovals and the yellow trip began.  The rough came from East Africa and was a little brittle, (a little roughness on the keels), but the stone held together.  It has a very nice rather citrus yellow with a touch of green in some lights, but no brown.  It appears to eye clean and with fine crystal.  I find the extra long ratio in the oval to be a bit much, but others have liked it, and this is the only example I have cut.  I am really rather a stick in the mud kind of lapidary when it comes to experimenting with cuts.  I want my color in a traditional format or have a very good reason to change, that deals with presenting color not just different flash patterns.  This long long oval weighs 1.72 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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