Achroite under any reasonable light, round.#609

A fine,eye clean and very bright Afghan Achroite.  #609 This standard round brilliant is without any color or gray problems. It came from Afghanistan, is eye clean and weighs 1.08 carats and is called Achroite in the trade.

I have a number of standard round brilliants that were cut from a lot of Afghanistan material I purchased years ago.  I could see a touch of blue in part of the lot, that use to be half of a bicolor (pink was the other sides color), but feel apart.   In some of the finished rounds I see a touch of blue and in others I do not.  The posted gemstone is one of the larger and cleaner (eye clean) ones that I am sure is a pure Achroite (colorless) under reasonable light.  It has the typical bright crisp look of Afghanistan tourmaline and weighs 1.08 carats.

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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